What do we understand by “participation in democratic life”? What is the difference between traditional and alternative forms of participation? Are the alternative forms of participation enough or just preparation for institutional participation? What links exist between the alternative and traditional forms of participation? What type of participation is more valuable? What motivates young people to participate differently? Are all these forms of participation recognized and accepted by institutional actors? Can “Erasmus+: Youth in action” foster these forms of participation? How can youth work support young people in their preferred ways of participation? What are the skills that young people need to participate? What do institutional actors need to do to motivate young people to respond positively to their offers?
All these questions will be the starting point of this seminar. Based on research and practice, this seminar will enhance participants’ understanding of new trends of political participation and civic engagement of young people and analyze their connection to traditional channels of participation, as well as discuss their recognition and support by the institutions and society at large.
Objectives of the seminar
o Expanding the understanding of participation by throwing the spotlight on innovative practices at local, national and European levels;
o Raising awareness of the learning process and competencies required by institutions and young people in order to integrate new trends of participation;
o Reflecting on the role of youth work and the “Erasmus+: Youth in action” programme in supporting young people’s diverse ways of participation;
o Stimulating and reinforcing the co-operation and exchange of practices among participants having different professional backgrounds and experiences of participation.
The seminar will be based on non-formal learning approaches encouraging the active involvement of participants, giving them space to take an active role, express themselves and share good examples of practice. The discussions will be informed by evidence-based research findings and policy documents. Field visits will be also included in the programme.
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This call is open for Maltese nationals/residents who are members of or work with a Maltese NGO/entity/organisation/group.