As part of the project “Youth in Politics — Participating for Global Citizenship (2nd Ed.)”, the Workshop “GO YOUTH – Young Assets for Development” took place on November 19.
This event brought together young people from different Parties and Youth Associations, such as Scouts, to jointly discuss issues related to Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development.
Through non-formal education activities, participants carried out different challenges, which made them aware of the interdependence and indivisibility of the SDGs and the importance of acting, in a more conscious and sustainable way, in their community.
When they were proposed to identify the main local problems that most affect young people, they highlighted issues that stem from the island’s insularity, namely the limitation of the labour market and the restriction of opportunities due to distance. In addition to these, they expressed some concern about the lack of connection between the Faculty and the labour market, the high value of university residences and the increase in poverty which, as a result, is causing more people to live on the streets.
Together, the youth reflected on proposals for Development Education initiatives, focusing on issues of poverty and violence reduction, enhancement of education and awareness of local sustainability, through increased synergies between youth associations and Political organs, insertion of sustainability projects in the education system and awareness campaigns.
This workshop proved, once again, that the initiatives of the project “Youth in Politics – Participating for a global citizenship” provide essential moments of sharing, learning and empowerment, in favor of a more sustainable policy.
The event is part of the “Jovens na Política — Participar para a Cidadania Global (2ª) Ed.” (Youth in Politics – Participate for Global Citizenship (2nd edition), project, promoved by AIDGLOBAL and co-financed by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, I.P.. This project has as partners the Conselho Nacional de Juventude (CNJ), the Federação Nacional das Associações Juvenis (FNAJ), the Dypall Network, the Centro de Estudos Internacionais – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, the Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude (IPDJ), the Centro de Juventude de Lisboa (CJL) and the Câmara Municipal de Santarém, and has the support of Mypolis.