The “Agir para Construir” meeting, promoted and led by Luís Afonso, president of JSD-Góis, took place on October 22 at the António Francisco Barata Municipal Library in Góis.
It is an initiative that stems from a volunteering experience, carried out with 3 more young people from Portuguese party youths, that AIDGLOBAL took to Mozambique, as part of the project “Youth in Politics — Participating for Global Citizenship”.
AIDGLOBAL challenged these volunteers to carry out activities in Portugal that aimed to share their new perspective on the world, to which this experience contributed a lot.
Inspired by non-formal education dynamics he attended in Mozambique, Luís Afonso addressed topics such as Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development Goals and Volunteering, in an open dialogue with young people and some representatives of political bodies in the region, so that, together, they could reflect and identify local issues and connect them with global issues.
Present were the Mayor of Góis, Rui Sampaio, the Deputy Mayor of Góis, the Youth Councilor, Nuno Bandeira, the Representative of the Parish Council of Góis, Vítor Hugo Ribeiro and, to share a different vision with young people, the President of JSD-Penacova and member of the National Political Commission of JSD, Carolina Rojais.
The moments of sharing, learning and empowerment, in favor of a more sustainable policy, demonstrated, once again, that it is through the horizontality of the discursive exchanges that the full participation of the participants is achieved, and this event was a true example of education for development.
Luís Afonso himself, at the end of the session, was quite surprised by the active participation of young people in the region in this exchange of ideas. Positive feedback has definitely proven the power and impact that this type of meeting, in different contexts, has on the development of young people, in this case in politics.
The Meeting was held in the context of the project “Youth in Politics — Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd) Ed.”, which has been developed in Portugal since 2020 and will end in November of this year, whose funder is Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, i.p., and whose target audience is Party Youth, young people interested in politics, young people from the associative fabric and Youth Techniques. This project has as partners the National Youth Council (Cnj), National Federation of Youth Associations (FNAJ), Dypall Network, Center for International Studies – Lisbon University Institute, Portuguese Institute of Sports and Youth (IPDJ), Lisbon Youth Center (CJL), and the Municipality of Santarém and has the support of Mypolis.