12 actions to empower and engage young people at the local level in the European elections

This toolkit compiles a set of 12 activities: 5 workshops to implement quiz, discussion activities in small groups and simulations; 7 ideas for action targeting young people in legal age of voting engaged in youth organizations, community groups or informal groups with interest in dealing with:
– Participation of young people in the next European elections 2019
– Participation of young people in their communities

We encourage you to read and experience these activities, ideas, reflections, texts, but also to create, recreate, challenge, act and question the issues related with Youth Participation, Democracy, Citizenship and Human Rights.

The pedagogical activities (quiz, simulations, discussion groups, etc.) as well as the ideas for initiatives in your communities proposed are explained in a clear and concise manner and were written in a way that can be easily understood by those who read them. The pedagogical activities and the proposed initiatives to be implemented do not need many resources (financial or material).

All pedagogical activities and initiatives proposed can be run by young people working with their peers (student colleagues, members of the same organization or community group) or by youth workers, teachers, educators, animators, etc. working with young people. All the activities can be adapted to the needs, social, political and cultural context of the groups and also adapted to the time available to experience them and the level experience of those who are going to facilitate them.

All pedagogical activities and initiatives are described considering different levels of experience/expertise of young people in the construction, reading and facilitation. The activities were all experienced by young people in different settings of learning and therefore we consider them current and able to reflect their concerns, points of view and also preferential ways to approach and learn with and on the proposed themes

All pedagogical activities (quiz, simulations, discussion groups, etc.) and initiatives were experienced within classrooms and were developed taking into account the non-formal education model and its principles (voluntary learning and based on the interests and motivations of the learner and also in their lived or known experiences, not hierarchical, based on the values of equality, justice and social cohesion, the group is a source of learning and learning is also done in a group, more possible to different rhythms and needs) that integrates the development of the various knowledges (knowledge, skills and values and attitudes)

Learning through experience or discovery learning is essential for democracy. Since it is essential to have a coherent setting between the values that young people are learning and the learning setting, through the suggested activities such as simulations or facilitated discussions gorups we believe that we are contributing to enhance deeper reflections and relation with young people’s daily reality