Zsolt Péter Függ
Youth is often lack of interest in democratic life and they are indifferent about social issues. We aim to motivate them to be active citizens and to promote social inclusion by encouraging them to accept otherness and differences. In order to reach youth, we must find an appropriate tool to use as a channel; that is Slam Poetry. By using this popular genre, we can transfer awareness raising messages to youth by using a language close to them.
The project will take place in Szeged, Hungary, the regional centre of the Southern Great Plain.
Szeged is near to the southern border of Hungary, close to Serbia and Romania. Moreover, there is a university, popular also among foreign students. Due to these, the city is full of different young people. At the same time, we have noticed the lack of interest of local youth in democratic life not taking part in democratic processes and not practicing their rights to influence their present and future. Moreover, they have become indifferent about European values as well, not respecting often people who are different from them or share different values. Formal education often fails to encourage young people to be active European citizens and promote social inclusion through education. Thus, NGOs and civic actors are responsible to overcome this shortfall reaching and involving youth.
Our idea is to encourage youth to be active citizens and promote social inclusion making young people more tolerant towards otherness and differences. To reach this aim, we create an e-learning material for local young people, we launch a campaign to raise young people’s awareness on the topic, and we organise a local event, a Slam Poetry competition focusing on the topic and involving young people and slammers from the whole country. Through these activities we reach young people and motivate them to be more active citizens and promote also social inclusion by motivating youth to accept otherness and different people (e.g. migrants, asylum seekers, people with disabilities, transgender people). Step by step this will lead to a better society built up by active and interested young people.
We focus on young people to promote their active role in democratic life and raise their awareness on different social issues, such as the importance of acceptance of otherness and differences and to promote social inclusion. We reach them through the project’s campaign involving recognised and well-known slammers who are followed by local young people. They make 10 professional videos to raise young people’s awareness and motivate them to participate in the project. Moreover, we will organise activities for youth and we intend to reach them also on social media platforms to involve them in the project. People, who are often feel themselves excluded from the society benefit from this project as well, since they may live in a more tolerant and empathic community.
-Online campaign (logos, hashtags, videos) by involving young people: young slammers, recognised by local youth, make 10 professional videos to tell their opinion on the importance of active citizenship and promotion of social inclusion by using the language of SP; moreover, we expect home-made videos in the topic from amateur young people as well.
-E-learning material: our experts, involving also youth to get to know their needs, expectations and let them make proposals, create it about civic education (European rights&responsibilities; values; possibilities to make their voice heard). The material’s language, form, content, etc. fit for young people’s special needs.
-Local SP competition with young people from the whole country to let them present their works with regard the topic.
Local young people become aware of the importance of European values and understand why they have to be active European citizens taking part in democratic processes and contributing to decisions that influence also their present and future life. Due to the project, the online campaign and the e-learning material, they get to know their rights and responsibilities as European citizens. They comprehend the importance of to be more tolerant and accept people with different backgrounds and circumstances without judging them. In this way, the whole local community become more inclusive, social inclusion and active citizenship are promoted at local level. Moreover, interested organisations get a tool, the e-learning material, to address young people to raise their awareness on the topic.
Encouraging local young people to be active European citizen and take part in democratic processes practicing their rights will lead to a stronger and more cohesive Europe. Positive changes and thinking-shifts must be promoted at local level to build up an inclusive world for everybody. Making local young people more tolerant and motivating them to accept people coming from different backgrounds and circumstances might lead to more inclusive societies also at (inter)national level. All of these will enhance people’s life conditions and general well-being all over the world. Civil education of youth might be the key of a positive change.
We have years of experience in the field of youth and we have implemented numerous international projects involving young people at local, national and international level as well. Moreover, we have realized also successful projects based on Slam Poetry and in the topic of active citizenship. Between our members there are trainers and teachers with years of experience in the field of youth. They, working with other members and experts of the staff, have realized different successful and popular e-learning materials for youth focusing on different topics and issues. We organise regularly activities for local young people to raise their awareness on different issues, disseminate our projects’ results and motivate them to take part in international projects.
Funding requested from Civic Europe
Project management 12000 EUR
Designing identity elements: 2000 EUR
E-learning material development: 14000 EUR
Creation of e –learning webportal: 3000 EUR
Purchase of equipment (camera, action camera): 3000 EUR
Shooting of promotional videos: (10 videos): 5000 EUR
Online campaign: 4000 EUR (FB page creation, management, promotion of home made videos as well as professional ones)
Promotional event organization (room rental, catering, hosts, 3 awards for poets, artists): 7000 EUR
We are curious of advices about how to reach more effectively young people and motivate them to be more active European citizen and take part in democratic process; and how to make youth more inclusive by encouraging them to accept other people different from them.