3rd Edition of the Global Walk brings together more than a hundred young people in defense of peace, justice and more effective institutions

3rd Edition of the Global Walk brings together more than a hundred young people in defense of peace, justice and more effective institutions

3rd Edition of the Global Walk brings together more than a hundred young people in defense of peace, justice and more effective institutions

On June 2nd, the third edition of the Global Walk took place, an event integrated in the European project Walk the (Global) Walk, promoted by AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira.

Although the pandemic has conditioned the format of the event, which took on digital contours for the second consecutive year, 195 participants were gathered live, including about 70 young leaders, committed to critically reflecting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which represent the global priorities for the 2030 Agenda. Highlighted in this year’s edition was SDG 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.

Presented by comedian Pedro Luzindro, the meeting started with a brief overview of the initiative, by Susana Damasceno, Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL, and Patrícia Alves, employee of the Department of Education and National Coordinator of the WGW Project at Vila Franca City Council of Xira (CMVFX). The spoken word was followed by the sung word, with the band Sebastião Antunes & Quadrilha writing the beginning of the path with letters that are “grains for seed”, in a land where “together we are stronger, for whoever comes later”.

We started like this, to the sound of the AIDGLOBAL Hymn.

This was followed by a return to the past to remember the music and choreography created in the second edition of Global Walk, and then we returned to the present to introduce the interventions of some of the students from Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Schools, places where the activities carried out during the third year of the project.

What it means to be a leader, what the impact of the project is, what changes they would like to see happening in the world or what activities they have developed to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs, were some of the questions that the young leaders were asked to answer.

There was also space for the testimony of two global young people, who shared their projects, how they became involved in activism and what inspires them to seek to transform the world into a better place.

The interventions of Ana Patrícia Fonseca, President of the Portuguese Platform of NGDOs, Eduarda Marques, Regional Director of the Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth of the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Region, Alberto Mesquita, Mayor of Vila Franca Xira, and António Torres, employee of the Civil Society Support Division of Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language, I.P., marked the last interventions of the event, whose outcome was made in the movements suggested by João Condesso, from Dance Life Academy, and in the voice of Sebastião Antunes.

The Walk video is now available on AIDGLOBAL’s Youtube page and can be consulted here.

To see the video alluding to the campaign created under this third edition, click here.

The “Walk the (Global) Walk” is co-financed by the European Commission – Education for Development Line – and by Camões – Institute for Cooperation and Language I.P. 12 countries are involved: Italy, France, Cyprus, United Kingdom (Country of Wales and Scotland), Portugal, Greece, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, 11 civil society organizations and 20 partner entities, including AIDGLOBAL, in partnership with the Municipality of Vila Franca de Xira.

AIDGLOBAL ― Action and Integration for Global Development is a non-profit Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), which develops and promotes projects in the field of Education for Development and Active Citizenship, in Portugal, including in the Autonomous Region Madeira, where it has a Delegation in Porto Santo and, in the field of Literacy, in Mozambique, in the Province of Gaza, in collaboration with the team of its Delegation in Chibuto. Its Mission aims to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.

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