Funded by the Europe for Citizens programme, the CivAct project aims at encouraging the active participation of European citizens and migrants by stimulating debate on the political processes and values of the European Union in order to promote integration processes.
The project has 7 partners in 6 European countries (Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal) and is coordinated by the Cypriot NGO CARDET (Center for the Advancement of Research and Development in Educational Technology). CivAct provides the following activities, for a total duration of two years:
- Exploring the opinion of young people and citizenship on migration issues and European migration policies. Exploring the knowledge of migrants on the EU and their role as future European citizens. Information is collected through questionnaires and focus groups.
- Creating groups of young volunteers, in each partner country,composed of young people aged between 18 and 30, who will have the task of disseminating project activities in schools and universities focusing on EU values such as solidarity.
- Structured dialogues and workshops in each partner country, bringing together European politicians and experts to interact with volunteers, civil society, university students, young people and migrants. The aim is to make participants aware of the EU decision-making process on EU migration, functions and values. The seminars, in connection with Skype and those of the other partners, will be focused on the knowledge of the participatory process of European citizenship in Community decisions.
- A conference in each partner country. The results of the activity 3 will be presented and the causes and effects of the migration crisis will be discussed. During the conferences a debate on a “migrant stereotype” will also be organized. Seven different stereotypes will be analyzed, one by country, and a positive narrative will be contrasted. This activity will see the involvement of two European Solidarity Corps volunteers per partner for a week.
- An international seminar, where the results of phases 3 and 4 will be presented and which will propose different intercultural activities.
Involved in all phases of the project, CO.P.E is, given its experience, particularly active in voluntary activities and in those with migrants.
The following results are expected:
- Promoted activities for intercultural engagement, volunteering and inclusive European citizenship;
- Enhanced understanding of EU functions and policies;
- Created “counter-narratives” to counter the stigmatization of migrants and encourage intercultural dialogue.
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