; Rights Camera Action | Partecipation and Democracy

Local activities in Greece

PRESS CONFERENCE

The press conference took place in the Cultural Center of Trikala, where the program was presented. The topics referred in the press conference where the Youth in Action Program in general, the “Rights, Camera, Action!” program, aims, objectives and partners. Local press was present.

WORKSHOPS

1. DEMOCRACY 

Greece1st workshop took place in the premises of the Labour Center of Trikala and 26 young people were involved.

The activities that took place during the workshop were:
1. Welcoming and presentation of the program from  representative of our organization
2. Speech concerning democracy and democratic institutions from our trainer, a lawyer and political scientist.
After the presentations there was a discussion about the topics of the workshops and the participants addressed some questions to the facilitators and expressed their opinions.

2. ACTIVE PARTICIPATION

Greece2nd workshop, about Active Participation involved students, from two vocational schools and other young people who attended.

The activities that took place during the workshop were:
1. Welcoming and presentation of the program from a representative of our organization
2. Speech concerning active participation and to raise awareness among young people in the field. The speech was conducted by a trainer, lawyer in profession, which acts for many years as scientific advisor of the schools in the Region of Thessaly and the Municipality of Trikala, in the field of democratic citizenship. The speech’s main theme was “Participation as a precondition for the existence of democracy”, and there were addressed issues like the definition of direct democracy, the notion of democracy now and then, and the basic principles of direct democracy.

Thereinafter, participants were introduced to the Council of Europe and its’ main goal in youth policy such as the encouragement of young people to play an active role in European civil society and the promotion and development of youth policies in Europe.

Following that, young participants were introduced to the “Charter of Youth Participation”, in order to encourage them to search for guidelines, tools and ideas that will help them to support such initiatives in their regions and local communities.
After the presentations there was a round table were all the attendants discussed about the topics issued during the workshop, participants addressed some questions to the trainer and facilitators and expressed their opinions.

3. EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP

Greece3rd workshop, about European Citizenship, included 26 people, some of whom were having special needs and specifically hearing difficulties. The activities of the workshop are presented below.

1. Welcoming and presentation of the program from a representative of our organization. General discussion about the Youth in Action program and the forthcoming ERASMUS+ program, presentation of the opportunities for young people to get involved.  During the presentation a sign language trainee was interpreting for the audience.

2. First speech was conducted by a psychologist and sign language teacher who made a presentation about European citizenship in general and especially introduced participants to the Rights of the European Citizen inside the community, such as the right to vote in European elections, the right to free movement, settlement and employment across the EU, and the right to consular protection from other EU states’ embassies.  Significant emphasis was given to the forthcoming Elections of the European Parliament.

3. The second speaker was a political scientist who is himself hearing impaired. The presentation was conducted in sign language and there was a sign language interpreter for the rest of the audience. The speaker himself was a representative of the Youth Parliament and he mainly talked about his experience and positively encouraged every participant to be active and aware. He also made a small presentation about the main initiatives that exist in Europe, which represent the needs and rights of people with fewer opportunities.

At the end, participants were asked to make a drawing in order to give their opinion about what democracy and European citizenship means to every one of them.

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