Reconnecting Europe - the project
Re-connecting Europe - challenges and opportunities for better integration
The recent growth of anti-European movements, including those which appeal to the strategic use of rumours and falsehoods, makes Europeans wonder whether Europe in the 21st century is a success story of peaceful cooperation or an example of failed chances and wrong decisions. The Europeans start blaming each other for the multiple crises that put the European integration to the test. People need a space to act and have any influence on the future alternatively to what is proposed by some increasing xenophobic narratives. We need to reverse the impression that “solidarity” is only imposed by European institutions and show how important is the bottom-up civic perspective making this value so powerful.
Re-connecting Europe is a project aimed at creating such a common space to discuss and work together by confronting views and experiences on the most currently engaging and divisive issues for Europeans, especially within “old” EU - “new” EU and the North-South dimensions.
The participants will be engaged into the learning process from the recognition of common problems and challenges, through critical approach towards the new technologies of communications, to effective acting by means of such instruments of democratic society as open debates, info campaigns, public assemblies, cultural events.
All activities, both on local and international level, will give them an opportunity to get known and share different perspectives on what bothers Europeans most: increasing frustration on economic inequality, challenges of multicultural societies, tensions of refugees crisis? They will have a chance to discuss whether there are more issues which are raising tensions in response to different visions of the future of common Europe.
We will be searching for mutual understanding for those fears and expectations and working together on possible ways and solutions for citizens and civic organizations to have an impact on re-connecting Europeans. The most important goal is to go beyond the schemes and stereotypes developed recently around the idea of European integration to create a positive message of the mutual respect across all political and national boundaries.
The project is based on transnational exchange and collaboration among organizations and citizens from Poland, Germany, Slovakia, Italy and Serbia, taking up activities within interactive methods and tools from varied disciplines. The whole process will be led on local and international level. Each Partner will share and lead the part of the learning process within transnational activities dedicated to a particular issue in which is more experienced and active:
intercultural dialogue through art (Slovakia)
responsible European communication in the age of digital revolution (Germany)
solidarity and networking (Poland)
inclusion and fighting stigmatization on “immigrants” (Italy)
joint venture actions for the future (Serbia)
Facebook pages of all partner organizations will be used to announce upcoming events and share the results of project activities as well as to share photos and videos. We will encourage our participants to set up and moderate their own FB groups, as well as to share the information via their own social media usage.
Outcomes of projects activities, participants’ researches and/or surveys, reviewed methods and worked out approaches will be presented during the final seminar and then edited and published on the project website as free-download toolkit. The toolkit will be disseminated to our networks, youth workers, experts, policy makers and university students to promote further activities promoting European civic education.
The Transnational Activities
More info about the project in the attached file below.
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