The initiative was attended by important entities.
The meeting “Youth for Global Citizenship – Contribute to a more sustainable world” was held on May 6, in the municipal auditorium of Sobral de Monte Agraço, with the goal of praising, discussing and encouraging participation, activism and volunteering for a more just world.
The session was initiated by the vice president of Sobral de Monte Agraço, Sérgio Bogalho, and moderated by Sandra Oliveira, a technician from the Center for Interpretation of the Tower Lines (CILT) of the Municipality.
The first presentation was assured by Sofia Lopes, Project Manager at AIDGLOBAL, who established a link between the Heritage of the Tower Lines and Education for Global Citizenship themes. It was also made public the pedagogical resources that will be available in the CILT for loans to schools and youth organizations.
In this meeting, held on the European Youth Week, Sofia Fonseca from the Tá a Mexer Association and Raquel Amaral from the PróAtlântico Association presented the “Erasmus +” Program and the opportunities for exchanges and volunteering projects in European countries, counting on with several testimonials from young people of these Associations. Regarding transnational actions, Sandra Frida of the Europe Direct West Center presented the European Solidarity Corps, an initiative of volunteer and internships opportunities in European Union countries, aimed at young people between the ages of 18 and 30 and with registrations taking place.
In the afternoon the program continued with a testimonial from a visual artist, Ana Maria Henriques, who talked about her experience in a refugee camp located in Spielfed, near the border of Austria with Slovenia. Afterwards, Carolina Pereira, Diogo Silva and Margarida Carvalho had the opportunity to talk about being a scout. In this context, António da Silva reported the mission and action of the National Scouts Body and also of the Scouts grouping 272.
Davide Ribeiro, responsible for UNIR – Association of Higher Education Students of Sobral de Monte Agraço, brought this association’s purpose to light: bringing together young people from the municipality through culture and social action, promoting volunteer work and soft skills.
The meeting ended with the presentation from Carlos Silva from QUERCUS, who spoke of some of the world’s biggest environmental problems, namely the ones who prevent all living beings access to their fundamental rights. On this light, various forms of youth participation in volunteer activities within the Organization where presented to the audience.
This meeting was promoted by the Municipality of Sobral de Monte Agraço, in partnership with AIDGLOBAL, within the framework of the project “Educate to Cooperate: the Historic Route of the Towers Lines and Global Citizenship”, which is financed by Camões, Institute of Cooperation and Language, IP, with the support of the Montepio Foundation.