“Santar(ém) em Ação para a Cidadania Global: Diálogos para a Transformação Social” (Santar(ém) in Action for Global Citizenship: Dialogues for Social Transformation) was the motto of the event that brought together 24 students from the Escola Superior de Educação do Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (ESES-IPS) (School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém (ESES-IPS)), on January 20th, between 9:30am and 12:30pm, in the School Auditorium.
A iniciativa foi promovida pela AIDGLOBAL – Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global, no âmbito do Projeto “Jovens na Política – Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª Ed.)”, em colaboração com a Unidade Curricular de Cidadania Global do curso de Produção Multimédia em Educação da ESES-IPS e com o Pelouro da Juventude da Câmara Municipal de Santarém.
The initiative was promoted by AIDGLOBAL – Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development), in the scope of the Project “Jovens na Política – Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª Ed.)” (Youth in Politics – Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd Ed.), in collaboration with the curricular unit of Global Citizenship of the Multimedia Production in Education course of ESES-IPS and with the Youth Department of the Santarém City Hall.
Crossing the area of Development Education and the Sustainable Development Goals, set out in Agenda 2030, with a reflection and the presentation of proposals for concrete actions capable of transforming some of the main social problems experienced in a local context, was one of the main objectives of the initiative, which was attended by the Councillor for Youth, Diogo Gomes; the Head of Division of Education and Youth, Vânia Horta and the Deputy Councillor for Youth, Pedro Rui Branco. In addition to the representatives of the Municipality of Santarém, Bernardo Gonçalves and Ilpo Lalli, Coordinator and member of the pedagogical team of MyPolis, respectively; as well as the Vice President of the Instituto Politécnico de Santarém (Polytechnic Institute of Santarém), Sónia Seixas; the Director of ESES-IPS, Susana Colaço; and Maria Pacheco, Project Assistant of AIDGLOBAL, were also present.
The event was structured in two parts, the first of which was a moment in which students had the opportunity to present a set of proposals in areas such as education, food, peace, justice, energy and sustainability for the Municipality of Santarém, previously submitted on the MyPolis platform, an innovative digital tool that aims to bring young people and politicians closer together as a platform that allows any young person to send proposals to the municipalities that have already joined MyPolis.
The second part of the event was marked by the dynamisation of a spontaneous session by MyPolis representatives, in which young people presented a local issue, the solution to which was designed and created between young people and the municipality using the MyPolis digital platform. The dynamic triggered a process of reflection and a moment of relevant interaction which were opportunities for young people to talk about their political participation in the municipality.
The initiative closed with the presentation of the Municipal Youth Council of Santarém and other mechanisms of political participation to students so that they can have a greater knowledge of the means at their disposal to exercise an active citizenship, namely in a local context.
“At a time when we are increasingly calling for the involvement of citizens in active and conscious participation in the life of the community to which they belong and on the eve of legislative elections, in the context of which we fear the inertia of Portuguese society when it comes time to go to the polls, it becomes urgent to create moments of reflection and incitement to action, Susana Damasceno, Founder and President of AIDGLOBAL, the event’s promoter, underlines that “we are all aware of the need to create moments of reflection and incitement to action, such as this one, which can stir consciences and mobilise young people even more, giving them a stage to present their ideas, in an effective commitment and with an impact on the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian and sustainable society”.
For Maria Pacheco, Project Assistant of the same organization, who has closely followed the activities developed under the scope of the project Jovens na Política – Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª Ed.) (Youth in Politics – Participating for Global Citizenship (2nd Ed.)), the idea that youth has a passive attitude towards politics may be fallacious”. The contact that AIDGLOBAL has been having with this public, namely in the context of this project, makes it evident that “youth is increasingly interested in discussing social problems and in acting for a positive transformation of the world. The way they do it is different from the one practiced in the formal models and dynamics of the so-called “conventional” politics. But youth is indeed committed to making the world a better place and social networks have become the stage where young activists mobilise for social causes and problems through the creation of multiple projects and initiatives”, concludes.
The project “Jovens na Política – Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª Edição)” (Youth in Politics – Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd Edition)) is promoted by AIDGLOBAL, co-funded by Camões, I.P. and has as partners the Conselho Nacional da Juventude (National Youth Council) (CNJ), Federação Nacional das Associações Juvenis (National Federation of Youth Associations) (FNAJ), Dypall Network, ISCTE Center for International Studies, Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (IPDJ), Lisbon Youth Centre (CJL), and the Municipality of Santarém.
AIDGLOBAL – Acção e Integração para o Desenvolvimento Global (AIDGLOBAL – Action and Integration for Global Development) is a Non-Governmental Organization for Development (NGDO), non-profit, which develops and promotes projects within the scope of Development Education and Global Citizenship in Portugal, and Literacy programs in Mozambique. Its Mission is to Act, Include and Develop through Education, because it believes that Change happens through Education.
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- Project page – https://aidglobal.org/?project=jovens-na-politica-ii-edicao
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