Eurovoters

CONTEXT
Europe is portrayed by a set of challenges - unemployment, poverty and social exclusion, terrorism,
the mass influx of refugees and ecological construction - that has face to move forward. For such
reasons, over the last years, the EU has paid increased attention to a new and progressive vision of
combating inequalities that stems from sustainable development. In 2015, all EU member states and
other countries in the United Nations have adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, while
in 2018, the first Report for Sustainable Equality (2019-2024) was published. In successfully dealing
with these crises, Europe needs to endorse a different approach to European Governance that draws
upon sustainable development and equality. Ultimate victory is the proof that Europe may empower
critical voting among youth that will allow for better decision-making across the EU.
PROJECT OBJECTIVES
The first objective of this project is to empower youth to act as agents of change for building a Europe
of sustainable development and equality by enhancing their critical-voting literacy that includes: (a)
media and news literacy; (b) socio-emotional literacy, and (c) social-justice literacy. To do so, this
project draws upon the strategies of critical literacy and experiential learning, by using new
technologies, and innovative methodologies, such as collaborative role play and simulations,
problem-based learning, critical-incidents analysis, and virtual communities of learning and practice.
Another important objective of this project is to promote youth’s and teachers' training to enhance
their competences in using such methodologies so as to meet the first objective.
PARTICIPANTS
Four schools, 2 pedagogical departments of 2 Universities, a confederation of education and training
centers, and an association focused on developing new strategies for quality management in
education, youth and society across 4 participating countries: Cyprus, Spain, Greece and Italy.
METHODOLOGY
An iterative methodology under which 2 versions of the Resources and Activities Toolkti will be
produced. After the completion of the 1st version, ‘Resources and activities toolkit’ will be validated in
workshops with youth and teachers and based on the conclusions the next version will be planned.
All other results will be planned according to the validation process.
ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS
This project will produce a methodological tool for enhancing education for critical-voting literacy,
including: media and news literacy; socio-emotional literacy; and social-justice literacy. The tool will
be developed according to a comparative analysis of both teachers' and youth’s needs analyses in
the participating countries, but also on the basis of the state-of-the art analysis in each participating
country. According to this methodological tool, the consortium will produce a Toolkit of ‘Resources
and Activities’ aiming to empower youth in critical-voting literacy. This Toolkit will be tested through
workshops carried out with teachers and youth aged 14-18 and then localised and translated in
national languages. As the project also envisages the development of teachers' and youth’s
competences to work accordingly, a Teacher's Handbook and a Youth’s Handbook will be produced
in the English language, and then localised and translated in national languages. A Group of Experts
will contribute by sharing their ideas, expertise, and evaluative feedback to the development of all
project outputs. A transnational joint-staff training event will be carried out in Greece to train teachers
to use the project outcomes. All the project's products will be promoted through international and
national multiplier events that will have the form of conferences organised by the consortium. The
project's results will also be disseminated through other venues such as websites, social media, EU
platforms, newsletter, publications, etc.
TARGET GROUPS
The target groups in the life of the project comprise of youth aged 14-18 and teachers working with
youth of that age. Apart from these direct target groups, the beneficiaries include also indirect target
groups such as schools, youth’s associations and organisations, NGOs working in the area of voting
education, policy makers and educational stakeholders making decisions about school curricula,
parents, curriculum developers, teachers training institutions, universities with pedagogical
departments.
BENEFIT
Promote sustainable development and equality in Europe by reinforcing the development and
implementation of successful initiatives in critical-voting education. The project will help in
counteracting the detrimental consequences of populism to the values that define us as Europeans,
and mainly sustainable equality, respect for human rights and freedoms, tolerance, pluralism and
non-discrimination. Raise youth’s voices and active involvement in decision-making through
innovative methodologies.