Socrates/Grundtvig 2 project: The Importance of Active Citizenship For Young Adults in Education and Training (AcCYEd)
 
 
SOCRATES/GRUNDTVIG 2 PROJECT
THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING - AcCyEd
 
Socrates/Grundtvig 2 project "The Impostance of Active Citizenship for Young Learners in Education and Training", coordinated by Soros International House, started in September, 2006. Other partnersinvolved in the project  are  from France, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Cyprus.
 
The principal aim of this project is:
-         to investigate how young adults learn to become active citizens;
-         to identify the role of education and training in this, and the potential role of lifelong learning, especially its less formal modes (informal and non-formal learning)
 
The main objective is to do a comparative analysis for identifying the impact of non-formal and informal education and training on the development of active citizenship amongst young adults.
The learning partneship will focus, in relation to active citizenship, on the following issues
                 a)      concepts in different countries (links between informal/non-formal learning and different concepts in respect to skills that build active citizenship);
                 b)      lifelong learning objectives (links between learning for active citizenship, prevention of failure and school drop-out, social cohesion, and employability);
                 c)      demand (motivation and benefits of learning skills for active citizenship, ways of advocating  for active citizenship skills); etc.
 
The knowledge, skills and understanding residing from this learning partnership identifies aspects of citizenship in which the young adults can make  progress: how to become informed citizens: how to develop skills of inquiry and communication: how to develop skills of participation and responsible action. The Learning Partnership AcCYEd wants to create a basis for continuing European cooperation projects, which will contribute to the improvement of civic activism and youth involvement in the community problems.

New Survey-Individual Interviews

The partner institutions have already carried out a survey on active citizenship among youth at the age of 15-25 years. A new  survey was based on its results to find out more about the main problems raised by the previous research. The project partners from Hungary  defined three common questions, which were discussed and approved by partners.  The fourth question was formulated according to each country-specific problems.

The results of this survey will be discussed and summarised during project partners meeting in Nicozia, Cyprus

QUESTION 1

In your opinion why most young people think that they do not necessarily have to respect the rule of law - in contradiction to the fact that honesty is an important value for them?

QUESTION 2 

What can be the reason for many young people to feel lower tolerance against others who are different in a way? e.g. different nationality, sexual orientation, religion, colour, attitude, etc.

QUESTION 3

The lack of interest is an important difficulty for young people to be more active citizens. In your opinion how young people could be motivated to be more active, interested and to participate in their society?

 

QUESTION 4 was formulated by Lithuanian EWG members.

Why do young people emigrate from Lithuania? What are the reasons?
 


January 26-28, 2010 European Commission launched Grundtvig program Decade conference in Brussels and SIH coordinated Socrates / Grundtvig 2 project "The Importance of Active Citizenship for Young Learners in Education and Training" was present as good practice example and included into the conference publication











The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Grundtvig programm
in Brussels, 2010

The Adult education unit of the European Commission organized the conference in Brussels to mark the start of the European Year for combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and the launch of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Grundtvig programme, on 26-28 January 2010.

During the conference, not only the assesment of the work done on the European level took place, but the best projects, which had been implemented during the period of 10 years, were present.

Soros International House was represented by director Daiva Malinauskiene who shared good paractice examples in active citizenship in the framework of Socrates/Grundtvig 2 project THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING – AcCyEd, and as high quality project was selected to present Lithuania during the event.

     



Project final product CD
 
 
Project final product CD- a collection of experiences developed during the
project we hope to send a stronger message on intertwining lifelong learning
and active citizenship for young adults.
 


From Baltic EXPRO 2008, Tallinn

On September 24, at 12.00 - 17.00 at Tallinna Lauluväljak, there was the EXPRO 2008 fair where visitors could see what the Baltic educational institutions have accomplished with their projects. Around 60 projects in the fields of school education, foreign language study and vocational, higher and adult education were represented at the fair by more than 50 organisations. One could explore fascinating products and results and ask questions directly from the people involved. Fair participants made contacts for finding partners from the Baltic countries and found plenty of great ideas for launching new splendid projects also in Nordplus Framework programme.

SIH participated in the fair with the Grundtvig 2 project "The Importance of Active citizenship in Education and Training-AcCyEd". The project aroused interest among fair participants. During the fair the project coordinator and SIH director Daiva Malinauskiene had an interesting discussion on the importance of the project ideas with the Adult Education "Grundtvig" programme manager Judit Safrany from Brussels.
 

 

Baltic EXPRO 2008

In autumn 2008 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will celebrate their 10th
anniversary of participation in European education programmes. To signify
this, the Archimedes Foundation along with its Baltic colleagues is
organising a fair of the results and products of international education
projects.
Around 60 projects in the fields of school education, foreign language study
and vocational, higher and adult education are represented at the fair. The
target groups of the event are teachers, trainers, entrepreneurs, education
officials, parents, scholars etc.

Besides the exhibition information seminars on the Lifelong Learning
Programme and other educational initiatives will be held. Various
interactive activities are available for the visitors of the fair.
Our project "The Importance of Active Citizenship for Young Adults in
Education and Training" was selected to represent Lithuania at this
international exhibition as one of the highest quality projects !

 
The last project partners meeting in Diyrbakir, Turkey, 2008

The project meeting started with the welcoming words by Sahin Demirkol representing Diyarbakir II Egitim Müdürlüğu from Turkey and Daiva from Soros International House in Vilnius. Project participants were told that they are always welcome to be guests in Turkey. Daiva thanked everyone for good work and friendliness. All project participants introduced themselves, due to the fact that there were also new people participating in the meeting.

Project partners discussed and approved the final project product -CD version with prepared project materials, shared ideas on the last project forums and discussed issues on the sustainability of the project and future of the project portal. It was agreed to keep a project portal for a year and continue the forums. Partners suggested several topics for future forums:

Turkey: "The role of school".

Poland: "The role of individuals in a care for the environment", "The role of art in developing personality".

France: " How can young people see themselves as active people helping others"?

Cyprus: "The most proactive interaction between young adults and older generation" ,."The role of being involved ion volunteering".

Project partners agreed that by continuing with forums they will have real project sustainability and there will be a possibility to develop the project into a new one. Besides working on project issues, meeting participants had an interesting social program.
 

Fifth International Forum „„The Role of a Family to Be an Active citizen".

The5th international forum was moderated byTurkish team and the topic for discussion was „The role of a Family to Be an Active citizen".

The family has a very important role in the transmission of values and attitudes that relate to active citizenship. Youth development begins with the family,which has a formative impact on youth attitudes and behaviors. The parents volunteering activities influence the likelihood that youth will volunteer during their childhood and later in adulthood.For that reason the role of a family to be an active citizen is very important.

Some reflections by students:

„Our entire life begins in the family. During the childhood we are always with our parents and during that time which we spend together they have a great influence on us. Parents have a most important role in forming our values, interests, ideals and personality.

Family makes us love the place where we live, maybe just because that they are near. Parents can always help us and give advice if need to. They share with us their own experence.

Also, with our family we celebrate national days, taste national dishes, experience a lot of different events and share ideas about the living in our country and important politic news. Often parents are speaking about the history of our country and you may know something new.

All that makes us develop as an active citizen"

 

The 4th Project Partners Meeting in Myslenice, Poland

2-5 April, 2008

The 4th project partners meeting was hosted by partners from „Prywatne Liceum Uzupelniająnce"in Myslenice, Poland. The meeting was attended not only by project partners, but by a large group of students from France, Cyprus, Turkey and Poland. Scouts from „Liceum Uzupelniająnce" in Myslenice presented themselves and their organisation and involved students from partner countries into different activities.They participated in chess competition, watched the fire brigade show, took part in yoga, drama activities and cooking class. Besides face to face meetings with other students, young people from France, mostly of them from imigrant families and first time abroad, were taken on sightseeing tour. They visited places connected with the history of Poland, Osvencimo concentration camp. Polish partners and EWG members prepared a special display on project activities and countries involved.

Project partners had their own agenda and disscussed issues related to project activities.Polish and Cypriots teams summarised the forums which had been moderated by them. Since there was the difference observed between the participation in the two last forums (sports/national vs. European identity) it was concluded that topics are very important. We have to find what interest young people, send them clear, provocative messages or open ended questions and use humor. Students need more guidance and encouragement to participate. Then partners discussed different ideas on how to involve more students, make the forums more "youngsters friendly".

Project partners not only worked but went on a very impressive tour to Wieliczka Salt mines and old Krakow.
 
              
 
                                                 
 

 
The 4th international forum „National vs European Identity"
 

The 4th international forum was moderated by Cypriots team and the topic for discussion was „National vs European Identity".Forum participants were invited to express their thoughts and ideas on the following aspects related to the topic:

 

What is national identity?What is European identity?

How do you feel or think about yourself as a person ?

Do you ever think of yourself not only as (nationality) citizen, but also as a citizen of Europe or only European?

 

Forum participants came to the conclusion, that  the  two identities cannot be separated or  be ignored.Like every coin that has three sides, (including the round one ), a person living within the boundaries of E.U. , nowadays must consider him/herself as having three sides:a) the national identity, that involves all those characteristics that make someone unique, b)the European, that deals with and guarantees all those ideals such as democracy, freedom, unity, brotherhood, personal rights, economic prosperity,etc, and c) the third side, that is the will needed to go on or to roll along the highway that will lead to the cherished full economic and political union in Europe.
 

 

The Third International Forum „The Role of Sports in Being an Active Citizen"

 

The third international forum was moderated by Polish team and the topic for discussion was „The Role of Sports in Being an Active Citizen".The questions to be discussed were:

1.Is everybody who practice sport (aside from sports discipline and goals we want to achieved) is an active citizen?

2.Is practicing sport a good way to motivate people to be more active citizens and how to motivate people to play sports.

The topic aroused great interest among young people and there were a lot of interesting ideas shared. You can read some of them on our website Forum page: www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

 
Third project partners and EWG (External working group) members meeting in Cyprus
 
The third project partners meeting was organised on 7-10th November, 2007 in Nicosia , Cyprus.The meeting was attended by project partners and EWG members.

 

The meeting started with Mr. Phaedon Papadopoulos, director of the school   welcoming words to the meeting participants. He spoke about the importance of LLL and how important it is to come and see each other, visit other countries, learn from each other if we want to understand European citizenship and learn to be active citizens.

During the first day project partners presented the results of the survey-individual interviews. Then they were summarized and a discussion took place. Everybody agreed that there are many similar points and there is one very important word-respect. There are problems, but there are good sides as well. Young people have to be given opportunity to show their abilities, they should be more informed about the possibilities. The government should show much more interest in the problems of young people, motivate and encourage them to be active in the life of the society. And of course the role family is important. Family gives young people an opportunity and  they form their values at home. It’s very important that all generations should be involved  in this process.

Then all the partners participated at the presentation on the issues of active citizenship. Guest speaker: Mr. Tasos Georgiou, Head of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus made a speech on "European Parliament and Active Citizenship-Rights and Obligations of the European Citizens"  The speaker selected a very important subject for his speech since the participation in a democratic society presupposes not only rights for the citizens but also obligations.

In the evening project partners visited Esperino Gymnasium.

During the second day project partners discussed different issues related to the activities of the project, while EWG members participated in the workshop on the topic "Active citizen and the protection of environment" which was run by the young people from Esperino Gymnasium and morning school. A special study was prepared by young people on  the environmental problems and presented to the workshop participants.Young people prepared a special video on the this issue. The  presentation ended in overall discussion where people from different countries shared their ideas tried to foresee possible solutions.
Project pertners not only worked, but had a chance to visit some hospital places in Cyprus.
 

 

Second International Forum „Tolerance and I"

 

.....tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the cultural diversity , forms of expression and ways of being human.....

 

... Tolerance is really needed in this world. Because without tolerance it wouldn’t be any respect, and without respect it wouldn’t be any love...

 

The second international forum on active citizenship was moderated by Polish partners and the topic for discussion was "Tolerance and I". It aroused great interest among young people in partner countries and an interesting discussion took place. Young people from Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Cyprus shared their ideas on tolerance, tried to find answers to various questions such as:

What is tolerance? Or is school education or the family background more important for young people to be more tolerant? Or whose task is it to teach the new generations to respect those who are in a way different? Or how tolerance is different from understanding?  and others.

 

Most of the forum participants were young adults whose ideas show that they are mature, formed personalities with their own point of view on different issues, with already formed moral values.

 

 "We live in a multicultural world, so whatever it is, we should respect each other, because we all are human and we should live in peace. If we don’t - we’ll destroy our home - "Earth"..."said one of the project participants.

 

You are welcome to visit our Forum:www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

First International Forum "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect and Courage".

 

The first forum for local young adults to discuss the issues on active citizenship was organised in Vilnius. The topic for discussions was "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect and Courage". Forum participants shared ideas on intellect, courage, responsibility and others.
Then an international forum on the same topic was organised for partners and members of EGG by Sores International House on March 19-25th.

The forum was attended by more than 16 participants from Cyprus, Poland, Lithuania and other partner countries.
Freedom and civic rights, high intellect and courage, coward and active citizen, tolerance- these were the mostly discussed issues.

You are welcome to visit our Forum:www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

Second project partners and EWG (External working group) members meeting in France

 

Second project meeting was on March 29-30th, 2007 in Carpentres, France. The goals of this meeting was to discuss all the work that has been done over the last half of the year also discuss future plans and organize a workshop for EWG members.

 

On the first day of the meeting, the results of the questionnaire about active citizenships importance to high school students and to the youth, studying in formal and informal educational institutions, were discussed. It is interesting that even though countries have different historic and cultural backgrounds, the answers did not differentiated significantly. Actually there were more similarities than differences. After analyzing we will prepare a study, which will be used to create a final pr

 
 
SOCRATES/GRUNDTVIG 2 PROJECT
THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING - AcCyEd
 
Socrates/Grundtvig 2 project "The Impostance of Active Citizenship for Young Learners in Education and Training", coordinated by Soros International House, started in September, 2006. Other partnersinvolved in the project  are  from France, Hungary, Poland, Turkey and Cyprus.
 
The principal aim of this project is:
-         to investigate how young adults learn to become active citizens;
-         to identify the role of education and training in this, and the potential role of lifelong learning, especially its less formal modes (informal and non-formal learning)
 
The main objective is to do a comparative analysis for identifying the impact of non-formal and informal education and training on the development of active citizenship amongst young adults.
The learning partneship will focus, in relation to active citizenship, on the following issues
                 a)      concepts in different countries (links between informal/non-formal learning and different concepts in respect to skills that build active citizenship);
                 b)      lifelong learning objectives (links between learning for active citizenship, prevention of failure and school drop-out, social cohesion, and employability);
                 c)      demand (motivation and benefits of learning skills for active citizenship, ways of advocating  for active citizenship skills); etc.
 
The knowledge, skills and understanding residing from this learning partnership identifies aspects of citizenship in which the young adults can make  progress: how to become informed citizens: how to develop skills of inquiry and communication: how to develop skills of participation and responsible action. The Learning Partnership AcCYEd wants to create a basis for continuing European cooperation projects, which will contribute to the improvement of civic activism and youth involvement in the community problems.

New Survey-Individual Interviews

The partner institutions have already carried out a survey on active citizenship among youth at the age of 15-25 years. A new  survey was based on its results to find out more about the main problems raised by the previous research. The project partners from Hungary  defined three common questions, which were discussed and approved by partners.  The fourth question was formulated according to each country-specific problems.

The results of this survey will be discussed and summarised during project partners meeting in Nicozia, Cyprus

QUESTION 1

In your opinion why most young people think that they do not necessarily have to respect the rule of law - in contradiction to the fact that honesty is an important value for them?

QUESTION 2 

What can be the reason for many young people to feel lower tolerance against others who are different in a way? e.g. different nationality, sexual orientation, religion, colour, attitude, etc.

QUESTION 3

The lack of interest is an important difficulty for young people to be more active citizens. In your opinion how young people could be motivated to be more active, interested and to participate in their society?

 

QUESTION 4 was formulated by Lithuanian EWG members.

Why do young people emigrate from Lithuania? What are the reasons?
 


January 26-28, 2010 European Commission launched Grundtvig program Decade conference in Brussels and SIH coordinated Socrates / Grundtvig 2 project "The Impostance of Active Citizenship for Young Learners in Education and Training" was present as good practice example and included into the conference publication








The 10th anniversary celebrations of the Grundtvig programm in Brussels, 2010

The Adult education unit of the European Commission organized the conference in Brussels to mark the start of the European Year for combating Poverty and Social Exclusion and the launch of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Grundtvig programme, on 26-28 January 2010.

During the conference, not only the assesment of the work done on the European level took place, but the best projects, which had been implemented during the period of 10 years, were present.

Soros International House was represented by director Daiva Malinauskiene who shared good paractice examples in active citizenship in the framework of Socrates/Grundtvig 2 project THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP FOR YOUNG ADULTS IN EDUCATION AND TRAINING – AcCyEd, and as high quality project was selected to present Lithuania during the event.

     



Project final product CD
 
 
Project final product CD- a collection of experiences developed during the
project we hope to send a stronger message on intertwining lifelong learning
and active citizenship for young adults.
 


From Baltic EXPRO 2008, Tallinn

On September 24, at 12.00 - 17.00 at Tallinna Lauluväljak, there was the EXPRO 2008 fair where visitors could see what the Baltic educational institutions have accomplished with their projects. Around 60 projects in the fields of school education, foreign language study and vocational, higher and adult education were represented at the fair by more than 50 organisations. One could explore fascinating products and results and ask questions directly from the people involved. Fair participants made contacts for finding partners from the Baltic countries and found plenty of great ideas for launching new splendid projects also in Nordplus Framework programme.

SIH participated in the fair with the Grundtvig 2 project "The Importance of Active citizenship in Education and Training-AcCyEd". The project aroused interest among fair participants. During the fair the project coordinator and SIH director Daiva Malinauskiene had an interesting discussion on the importance of the project ideas with the Adult Education "Grundtvig" programme manager Judit Safrany from Brussels.
 

 

Baltic EXPRO 2008

In autumn 2008 Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will celebrate their 10th
anniversary of participation in European education programmes. To signify
this, the Archimedes Foundation along with its Baltic colleagues is
organising a fair of the results and products of international education
projects.
Around 60 projects in the fields of school education, foreign language study
and vocational, higher and adult education are represented at the fair. The
target groups of the event are teachers, trainers, entrepreneurs, education
officials, parents, scholars etc.

Besides the exhibition information seminars on the Lifelong Learning
Programme and other educational initiatives will be held. Various
interactive activities are available for the visitors of the fair.
Our project "The Importance of Active Citizenship for Young Adults in
Education and Training" was selected to represent Lithuania at this
international exhibition as one of the highest quality projects !

 
The last project partners meeting in Diyrbakir, Turkey, 2008

The project meeting started with the welcoming words by Sahin Demirkol representing Diyarbakir II Egitim Müdürlüğu from Turkey and Daiva from Soros International House in Vilnius. Project participants were told that they are always welcome to be guests in Turkey. Daiva thanked everyone for good work and friendliness. All project participants introduced themselves, due to the fact that there were also new people participating in the meeting.

Project partners discussed and approved the final project product -CD version with prepared project materials, shared ideas on the last project forums and discussed issues on the sustainability of the project and future of the project portal. It was agreed to keep a project portal for a year and continue the forums. Partners suggested several topics for future forums:

Turkey: "The role of school".

Poland: "The role of individuals in a care for the environment", "The role of art in developing personality".

France: " How can young people see themselves as active people helping others"?

Cyprus: "The most proactive interaction between young adults and older generation" ,."The role of being involved ion volunteering".

Project partners agreed that by continuing with forums they will have real project sustainability and there will be a possibility to develop the project into a new one. Besides working on project issues, meeting participants had an interesting social program.
 

Fifth International Forum „„The Role of a Family to Be an Active citizen".

The5th international forum was moderated byTurkish team and the topic for discussion was „The role of a Family to Be an Active citizen".

The family has a very important role in the transmission of values and attitudes that relate to active citizenship. Youth development begins with the family,which has a formative impact on youth attitudes and behaviors. The parents volunteering activities influence the likelihood that youth will volunteer during their childhood and later in adulthood.For that reason the role of a family to be an active citizen is very important.

Some reflections by students:

„Our entire life begins in the family. During the childhood we are always with our parents and during that time which we spend together they have a great influence on us. Parents have a most important role in forming our values, interests, ideals and personality.

Family makes us love the place where we live, maybe just because that they are near. Parents can always help us and give advice if need to. They share with us their own experence.

Also, with our family we celebrate national days, taste national dishes, experience a lot of different events and share ideas about the living in our country and important politic news. Often parents are speaking about the history of our country and you may know something new.

All that makes us develop as an active citizen"

 

The 4th Project Partners Meeting in Myslenice, Poland

2-5 April, 2008

The 4th project partners meeting was hosted by partners from „Prywatne Liceum Uzupelniająnce"in Myslenice, Poland. The meeting was attended not only by project partners, but by a large group of students from France, Cyprus, Turkey and Poland. Scouts from „Liceum Uzupelniająnce" in Myslenice presented themselves and their organisation and involved students from partner countries into different activities.They participated in chess competition, watched the fire brigade show, took part in yoga, drama activities and cooking class. Besides face to face meetings with other students, young people from France, mostly of them from imigrant families and first time abroad, were taken on sightseeing tour. They visited places connected with the history of Poland, Osvencimo concentration camp. Polish partners and EWG members prepared a special display on project activities and countries involved.

Project partners had their own agenda and disscussed issues related to project activities.Polish and Cypriots teams summarised the forums which had been moderated by them. Since there was the difference observed between the participation in the two last forums (sports/national vs. European identity) it was concluded that topics are very important. We have to find what interest young people, send them clear, provocative messages or open ended questions and use humor. Students need more guidance and encouragement to participate. Then partners discussed different ideas on how to involve more students, make the forums more "youngsters friendly".

Project partners not only worked but went on a very impressive tour to Wieliczka Salt mines and old Krakow.
 
              
 
                                                 
 

 
The 4th international forum „National vs European Identity"
 

The 4th international forum was moderated by Cypriots team and the topic for discussion was „National vs European Identity".Forum participants were invited to express their thoughts and ideas on the following aspects related to the topic:

 

What is national identity?What is European identity?

How do you feel or think about yourself as a person ?

Do you ever think of yourself not only as (nationality) citizen, but also as a citizen of Europe or only European?

 

Forum participants came to the conclusion, that  the  two identities cannot be separated or  be ignored.Like every coin that has three sides, (including the round one ), a person living within the boundaries of E.U. , nowadays must consider him/herself as having three sides:a) the national identity, that involves all those characteristics that make someone unique, b)the European, that deals with and guarantees all those ideals such as democracy, freedom, unity, brotherhood, personal rights, economic prosperity,etc, and c) the third side, that is the will needed to go on or to roll along the highway that will lead to the cherished full economic and political union in Europe.
 

 

The Third International Forum „The Role of Sports in Being an Active Citizen"

 

The third international forum was moderated by Polish team and the topic for discussion was „The Role of Sports in Being an Active Citizen".The questions to be discussed were:

1.Is everybody who practice sport (aside from sports discipline and goals we want to achieved) is an active citizen?

2.Is practicing sport a good way to motivate people to be more active citizens and how to motivate people to play sports.

The topic aroused great interest among young people and there were a lot of interesting ideas shared. You can read some of them on our website Forum page: www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

 
Third project partners and EWG (External working group) members meeting in Cyprus
 
The third project partners meeting was organised on 7-10th November, 2007 in Nicosia , Cyprus.The meeting was attended by project partners and EWG members.

 

The meeting started with Mr. Phaedon Papadopoulos, director of the school   welcoming words to the meeting participants. He spoke about the importance of LLL and how important it is to come and see each other, visit other countries, learn from each other if we want to understand European citizenship and learn to be active citizens.

During the first day project partners presented the results of the survey-individual interviews. Then they were summarized and a discussion took place. Everybody agreed that there are many similar points and there is one very important word-respect. There are problems, but there are good sides as well. Young people have to be given opportunity to show their abilities, they should be more informed about the possibilities. The government should show much more interest in the problems of young people, motivate and encourage them to be active in the life of the society. And of course the role family is important. Family gives young people an opportunity and  they form their values at home. It’s very important that all generations should be involved  in this process.

Then all the partners participated at the presentation on the issues of active citizenship. Guest speaker: Mr. Tasos Georgiou, Head of the European Parliament Office in Cyprus made a speech on "European Parliament and Active Citizenship-Rights and Obligations of the European Citizens"  The speaker selected a very important subject for his speech since the participation in a democratic society presupposes not only rights for the citizens but also obligations.

In the evening project partners visited Esperino Gymnasium.

During the second day project partners discussed different issues related to the activities of the project, while EWG members participated in the workshop on the topic "Active citizen and the protection of environment" which was run by the young people from Esperino Gymnasium and morning school. A special study was prepared by young people on  the environmental problems and presented to the workshop participants.Young people prepared a special video on the this issue. The  presentation ended in overall discussion where people from different countries shared their ideas tried to foresee possible solutions.
Project pertners not only worked, but had a chance to visit some hospital places in Cyprus.
 

 

Second International Forum „Tolerance and I"

 

.....tolerance is respect, acceptance and appreciation of the cultural diversity , forms of expression and ways of being human.....

 

... Tolerance is really needed in this world. Because without tolerance it wouldn’t be any respect, and without respect it wouldn’t be any love...

 

The second international forum on active citizenship was moderated by Polish partners and the topic for discussion was "Tolerance and I". It aroused great interest among young people in partner countries and an interesting discussion took place. Young people from Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Cyprus shared their ideas on tolerance, tried to find answers to various questions such as:

What is tolerance? Or is school education or the family background more important for young people to be more tolerant? Or whose task is it to teach the new generations to respect those who are in a way different? Or how tolerance is different from understanding?  and others.

 

Most of the forum participants were young adults whose ideas show that they are mature, formed personalities with their own point of view on different issues, with already formed moral values.

 

 "We live in a multicultural world, so whatever it is, we should respect each other, because we all are human and we should live in peace. If we don’t - we’ll destroy our home - "Earth"..."said one of the project participants.

 

You are welcome to visit our Forum:www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

First International Forum "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect and Courage".

 

The first forum for local young adults to discuss the issues on active citizenship was organised in Vilnius. The topic for discussions was "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect and Courage". Forum participants shared ideas on intellect, courage, responsibility and others.
Then an international forum on the same topic was organised for partners and members of EGG by Sores International House on March 19-25th.

The forum was attended by more than 16 participants from Cyprus, Poland, Lithuania and other partner countries.
Freedom and civic rights, high intellect and courage, coward and active citizen, tolerance- these were the mostly discussed issues.

You are welcome to visit our Forum:www.youngactivecitizen.eu
 

Second project partners and EWG (External working group) members meeting in France

 

Second project meeting was on March 29-30th, 2007 in Carpentres, France. The goals of this meeting was to discuss all the work that has been done over the last half of the year also discuss future plans and organize a workshop for EWG members.

 

On the first day of the meeting, the results of the questionnaire about active citizenships importance to high school students and to the youth, studying in formal and informal educational institutions, were discussed. It is interesting that even though countries have different historic and cultural backgrounds, the answers did not differentiated significantly. Actually there were more similarities than differences. After analyzing we will prepare a study, which will be used to create a final product of the project - materials that will assist preparing adult learners’ educators how to motivate young people to be active EU citizens. Later in the day, French partners together with the students of CFPPA (most of them are immigrants from North Africa) presented an exhibition, which was inspired by a project and it’s ideas. During the exhibition cultural, historic, political and environmental peculiarities about every partner’s country were presented.

 

On the second day of the meeting, there was a discussion about projects’ web site and an international forum for partners and the members of EWG, which was organized by Soros International House on March 19-25th. A theme for this forum was: "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect & Courage". Also there was a workshop for the EWG members, which was managed by the representative of Hungarian partners. During the workshop "informational bulletins" were made about every partner country. In this way every EWG member and later project partners got the chance to deepen their knowledge about France, Lithuania, Hungry, Cyprus and Poland. At the same time, youth organizations in every country were presented. Finally the execution of the references assigned to each partner, future plans and ideas for creating final product of the project were discussed. Before finishing all the assignments from the days work plan, participants wrote a letter to themselves what they think about active citizenship. Once they meet next time, they will open letters and will be able to see if their opinion changed or not, or maybe they will come up with new ideas about what active citizenship and it’s importance in the process of educating youth is.
 

 
SECOND EXTERNAL WORKING GROUP(EWG) MEETING
 

The second external working group (EWG) meeting was held in Vilnius at the premises of Soros International House (SIH) on 9th March. It started with the presentation of a new EWG member, who represents Catholic Women organization involved in charity work with girls foster home.

Then meeting participants proceeded to discussing the results of the first surveys, which had been conducted in different educational institutions following the prepared questionnaires. Everybody admitted that young people, involved in the surveys were very active and sincere while working on questionnaire forms therefore the results truly reflected their attitude towards active citizenship. These results will be used in finding ways how to solve problems of active citizenship among young adults, and how to develop the skills of active citizenship. The experience will be shared with EWGs from partner countries by means of forums on a specially developed project portal:www.youngactivecitizen.eu.

It was agreed to organize the first forum for local young adults and discuss the following topic: „To be a citizen you need to have high intellect and courage". Then the discussion will be continued on the international level involving EWGs from partner countries.

Then the meeting participants discussed the work plan for the further project activities.

At the end the project portal was presented.
 

FIRST EXTERNAL WORKING GROUP(EWG) MEETING
 
The first external working group (EWG) meeting was held in Vilnius at the premises of Soros International House (SIH)  on 18th January. It was attended by schoolchildren from gymnasiums and their teachers, representatives from student organisation; social centre at the local church, adult education centre and project coordinators from SIH. Daiva Malinauskiene, SIH director and project coordinator presented the main project ideas, aims and objectives and the role of the EWG in the activities of the project.
 
                       
 
EWG will prepare questionnaires and spread them among young adults at their schools, universities, social centres, they will analyse the results, carry out  surveys and try to find ways how  to solve the problems of the development of active citizenship among young adults, how to prevent school drop-out , and how to develop the skills of active citizenship. They will also take an active part in different social events on active citizenship at their schools and in a city.
Then a discussion took place. All meeting participants agreed that the ideas of the project are very interesting and of great importance for young people of today and there were suggestions made to involve more schools into the activities of the project. Then they discussed the questionnaires. It was agreed to spread them in a few weeks time.
 
The next EWG meeting will be organised after a month.

 

 

INITIAL PARTNERS MEETING IN VILNIUS, 2006

 

27-28 October, 2006,the initial meeting of Socrates Grundtvig 2 project  â€žThe Importance of Active Citizenship For Young Adults in Education and Training" (AcCYEd) took place in Vilnius. SIH, the co-ordinator of this international project, prepared a program for effective and intensive 2 days working session, combined with social activities and sightseeing.

 It was an outstanding experience for project partners from France, Poland, Hungary, Cyprus ,Turkey as well as Lithuania to meet for the first time and not only discuss the main issues of the project, but learn about partners and their countries.Each partner presented the  education system in their country and then they all discussed  similiarities and differencies  and were very happy to learn so much about each other.  

During the two day of intensive  work, partners not only confirmed the activity table for the first year of the project, shared the tasks and responsibilities between the partners, but  discussed the formation of working groups which will  be created to develop the activities of the project.The first group will be formed of people working at each partner institution, while the other one-external working group (EWG) will be formed of young people still  at school or university, representatives from informal, non-formal intitutions, non-governmental youth organisations and other organisations involved in the development of active citizenship.

These people will prepare questionnaires and spread them among young adults , they will do a comparative analysis and try to find ways how  to solve the problems of the development of active citizenship among young adults, how to prevent school drop-out , how to provide young adults with the necessary information about their rights, duties and obligations for their country, EU and how to develop the skills of active citizenship

Project partners spread into three groups which were formed of people representing different generation and tried to create an image of a young active citizen and find key words to describe him/her. One of the groups thought that a young active citizen should be:

 

 

Next morning when partners gathered to the classroom to continue the meeting everybody was pleasantly surprised to find morning greetings written in all partner languages on the whiteboard:

Labas rytas! Bonjour! Dzien dobry! Kalimera! Merhaba! Jó napot!

It was a very enjoyable and beneficial meeting comprising effective work and  great team ready to implement the ideasof the project.

 

                           

oduct of the project - materials that will assist preparing adult learners’ educators how to motivate young people to be active EU citizens. Later in the day, French partners together with the students of CFPPA (most of them are immigrants from North Africa) presented an exhibition, which was inspired by a project and it’s ideas. During the exhibition cultural, historic, political and environmental peculiarities about every partner’s country were presented.

 

On the second day of the meeting, there was a discussion about projects’ web site and an international forum for partners and the members of EWG, which was organized by Soros International House on March 19-25th. A theme for this forum was: "To Be a Citizen You Need to Have High Intellect & Courage". Also there was a workshop for the EWG members, which was managed by the representative of Hungarian partners. During the workshop "informational bulletins" were made about every partner country. In this way every EWG member and later project partners got the chance to deepen their knowledge about France, Lithuania, Hungry, Cyprus and Poland. At the same time, youth organizations in every country were presented. Finally the execution of the references assigned to each partner, future plans and ideas for creating final product of the project were discussed. Before finishing all the assignments from the days work plan, participants wrote a letter to themselves what they think about active citizenship. Once they meet next time, they will open letters and will be able to see if their opinion changed or not, or maybe they will come up with new ideas about what active citizenship and it’s importance in the process of educating youth is.
 

 
SECOND EXTERNAL WORKING GROUP(EWG) MEETING
 

The second external working group (EWG) meeting was held in Vilnius at the premises of Soros International House (SIH) on 9th March. It started with the presentation of a new EWG member, who represents Catholic Women organization involved in charity work with girls foster home.

Then meeting participants proceeded to discussing the results of the first surveys, which had been conducted in different educational institutions following the prepared questionnaires. Everybody admitted that young people, involved in the surveys were very active and sincere while working on questionnaire forms therefore the results truly reflected their attitude towards active citizenship. These results will be used in finding ways how to solve problems of active citizenship among young adults, and how to develop the skills of active citizenship. The experience will be shared with EWGs from partner countries by means of forums on a specially developed project portal:www.youngactivecitizen.eu.

It was agreed to organize the first forum for local young adults and discuss the following topic: „To be a citizen you need to have high intellect and courage". Then the discussion will be continued on the international level involving EWGs from partner countries.

Then the meeting participants discussed the work plan for the further project activities.

At the end the project portal was presented.
 

FIRST EXTERNAL WORKING GROUP(EWG) MEETING
 
The first external working group (EWG) meeting was held in Vilnius at the premises of Soros International House (SIH)  on 18th January. It was attended by schoolchildren from gymnasiums and their teachers, representatives from student organisation; social centre at the local church, adult education centre and project coordinators from SIH. Daiva Malinauskiene, SIH director and project coordinator presented the main project ideas, aims and objectives and the role of the EWG in the activities of the project.
 
                       
 
EWG will prepare questionnaires and spread them among young adults at their schools, universities, social centres, they will analyse the results, carry out  surveys and try to find ways how  to solve the problems of the development of active citizenship among young adults, how to prevent school drop-out , and how to develop the skills of active citizenship. They will also take an active part in different social events on active citizenship at their schools and in a city.
Then a discussion took place. All meeting participants agreed that the ideas of the project are very interesting and of great importance for young people of today and there were suggestions made to involve more schools into the activities of the project. Then they discussed the questionnaires. It was agreed to spread them in a few weeks time.
 
The next EWG meeting will be organised after a month.

 

 

INITIAL PARTNERS MEETING IN VILNIUS, 2006

 

27-28 October, 2006,the initial meeting of Socrates Grundtvig 2 project  â€žThe Importance of Active Citizenship For Young Adults in Education and Training" (AcCYEd) took place in Vilnius. SIH, the co-ordinator of this international project, prepared a program for effective and intensive 2 days working session, combined with social activities and sightseeing.

 It was an outstanding experience for project partners from France, Poland, Hungary, Cyprus ,Turkey as well as Lithuania to meet for the first time and not only discuss the main issues of the project, but learn about partners and their countries.Each partner presented the  education system in their country and then they all discussed  similiarities and differencies  and were very happy to learn so much about each other.  

During the two day of intensive  work, partners not only confirmed the activity table for the first year of the project, shared the tasks and responsibilities between the partners, but  discussed the formation of working groups which will  be created to develop the activities of the project.The first group will be formed of people working at each partner institution, while the other one-external working group (EWG) will be formed of young people still  at school or university, representatives from informal, non-formal intitutions, non-governmental youth organisations and other organisations involved in the development of active citizenship.

These people will prepare questionnaires and spread them among young adults , they will do a comparative analysis and try to find ways how  to solve the problems of the development of active citizenship among young adults, how to prevent school drop-out , how to provide young adults with the necessary information about their rights, duties and obligations for their country, EU and how to develop the skills of active citizenship

Project partners spread into three groups which were formed of people representing different generation and tried to create an image of a young active citizen and find key words to describe him/her. One of the groups thought that a young active citizen should be:

 

 

Next morning when partners gathered to the classroom to continue the meeting everybody was pleasantly surprised to find morning greetings written in all partner languages on the whiteboard:

Labas rytas! Bonjour! Dzien dobry! Kalimera! Merhaba! Jó napot!

It was a very enjoyable and beneficial meeting comprising effective work and  great team ready to implement the ideasof the project.

 

                           





   
 
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