The project “We are Europe” was developed in cooperation with the IKAB-Bildungswerk e.V., as well as with child and youth welfare organisations with the involvement of the participating municipalities and was carried out in the cities of Darmstadt, Dresden and Cologne. The model project was completed in Dresden on 14 March 2019 in the German Hygiene Museum. The final presentation was opened by Youth Minister Barbara Klepsch.
In the run-up to the European elections in 2019, the project offers young people target-group-specific access and participation opportunities. In close cooperation with local institutions within the framework of open child and youth work, the young people were once again inspired by the European idea. The upcoming European elections in particular show, how important understanding for Europe and the interrelationships in the EU is.
“Above all, it is also our task to introduce young people and young adults, who have hardly any access to political education, to current European topics. Political education lays the foundation for political decisions in adulthood. I would particularly like to thank the experts in the field of open child and youth work who made this project possible in the first place,” said Youth Minister Barbara Klepsch.
Since the beginning of the year, young people in Darmstadt, Dresden and Cologne have been given the opportunity to develop ideas about “their” Europe and to implement them in guided activities such as video productions. In addition to European cooking courses and country evenings, a dance performance with various European dance styles, film evenings or the business game “Borderlands”, an educational trip to Prague took place from 25 to 26 February, which the young people then processed with photo documentation, among other things.
“In the last few months, the young people have filled the project with life and implemented it with their diverse ideas. They experienced how much Europe determines their everyday life and how important it is to deal with European political topics. The TUI Foundation will continue to be involved in Dresden in the future and will organise a workshop on European political education specifically for the employees of youth centres”, said Elke Hlawatschek, Managing Director of the TUI Foundation.
In Dresden, the project was carried out in the Gorbitz Children’s and Youth Centre and in the Chilli Children’s and Youth Centre. The target group are young people between the ages of 16 and 20 who have little access to political education and are sceptical about Europe.