Voice of Youth addresses the topic of participation and trust towards political institutions to promote the participation of youths on both sides of the border. PiNA received the 2013 national award in the youth sector and the Karel Veliki national prize for it.
PARTNERS: Gimnazija Koper, Občina Trst, Blooperslab, Loesje International, Stichting Pink Sweater
THE PROJECT IS SUPPORTED BY: Youth in Action – Sub-action 1.3.; European Youth Foundation – Action D; The American Embassy; Ministry for Education, Science and Sport; Banka Koper; Luka Koper, Living with the Port Fund
REFERENCE NUMBER: SI-13-03-2011-R2, , 5397.2.D.2012, SSI60011GR095
KEYWORDS: YOUNG PEOPLE, PARTICIPATION, CITIZENSHIP, EUROPEAN COOPERATION
THE LACK OF THE VOICE OF YOUTH AND LOW LEVEL OF (POLITICAL) PARTICIPATION
The European Union is facing a low level of political participation, especially among the youths, and Slovenia too. Even though perceived political efficiency has fallen in the last ten years in Slovenia, and the fact that we are facing low level of youth trust towards political parties and the leading politics, the area of trust and perceived influence possibility is not one of the theme areas within which the youths are being addressed. The project Voice of the Youth is a reaction to the perceived need of addressing the mentioned topics, to encourage a higher quality and more democratic life of youths.
INFORMAL EDUCATION OF YOUTHS FOR ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP
The programme started with the analysis of trends in the field of active political participation of youths in the EU. Workshops for secondary school students in Koper and Trieste were created on the basis of this analysis. We prepared a screenplay for a didactic film in cooperation with secondary school students, filmed in the following phase of the project. The film Glas mladih (Voice of Youths) is bilingual (Slovenian-Italian) and serves as a didactic teaching aid. Its premiere was held in Koper and Trieste, where we prepared an art exhibition titled Interpretacija členov slovenske ustave (Interpretation of the Articles of the Slovenian Constitution) together with secondary school students of the artistic curriculum. We published didactic material for teachers, trainers and other educators in the scope of the project (a handbook with 76 pages available in English and Slovenian), and developed six more themed workshops lasting 1, 2, or 4 hours.
A DVD with 20 minutes of a Slovenian-Italian didactic short film and subtitles in seven languages
The educational handbook Glas mladih (Voice of the Young)
An exhibition of artistic interpretations of the articles of the constitution