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iDebate: Strengthening knowledge through debate

Zavod PIP was one of the seven international partners of the iDebate project, which was co-financed by the European Union under the Europe for Citizens program and run by Student Plus, Romania.

The project addressed low participation of youths in democratic processes. The Eurobarometer survey “European Youth: Participation in a Democratic Life” (2013) found that persons between 15 and 30 years of age most often participate in elections due to their confidence in the democratic process, while the most common reason for not participating is the belief that voting cannot change anything. Another important finding was that collaborating with different organizations increases youths’ interest in politics.

The iDebate project aimed to increase the participation of youths in various forms of democratic expression. At the same time, we wanted to promote active citizenship among youths by engaging them in a dialogue on current European and global priorities. Engaging youths in political debates is an important first step towards societal progress

In order to be successful in this endeavor, we included an online approach with the aim to better reach the target audience: youths are the most active on the Internet, on various online social media. Our target group were high school and college students (youths who are the first voters). We aimed activities at raising awareness, developing skills and enhancing the sense of European identity among youths, in order to reach the project goals.

iDebate topics:

  • Active citizenship and its role in sustainable development
  • Active citizenship and solidarity – European Solidarity Corps
  • Digital Active Citizenship – Contemporary Civic Participation
  • Active citizenship and elections – Understanding the EU institutions and legislative process
  • The importance of critical thinking in the information age

International events:

  • Budapest (preparatory meeting, Hungary), Maribor (Slovenia), Petrinja (Croatia), Lisbon (Portugal) and Timisoara (Romania).
  • Participating countries: Romania, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Portugal

Results: 

Project partners:

Duration:
August 1st, 2017 – January 31st, 2019

Project value:
59.750,00 EUR

Co-funding:
European Union, Europe for Citizens Program

Role of Zavod PIP:
project partner

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