Palermo, off to workshops with students on European rights and citizenship

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A three-day training on European Union values ​​and programs to promote active European citizenship among young people with a family migration background.
From 13 to 15 June the Pio La Torre Center hosted some young people from the Vittorio Emanuele II Liceo Classico, the Majorana High School and the Ragusa-Kiyohara Art School of the Sicilian capital in its premises in Palermo.
The students, together with the youth workers and volunteers of the Center, took part in the training activity foreseen in the project “Cooperation for youth integration” (CO4YOU), financed by the National Youth Agency within the Erasmus Plus program.
“The training was the second meeting scheduled in the project with young immigrants – said Loredana Introini, vice president of the Center and project manager.
The initiative – continued Introini – represented an opportunity to trace a historical excursus of the context in which the European Union developed and to make known the values ​​underlying the treaties that have followed one another over time, to then enter more specifically in programs aimed at young people “.
A section of the training activity had a more practical cut, aimed at simulating the presentation of active citizenship projects in which the young participants ventured.
The part dedicated to the development of the design was the one that most interested Tobi, a Nigerian student of the Vittorio Emanuele II high school.
“It was not the first time that I worked in a group – said the young woman – and she will not even be the last, but it was nice to discover the opportunities that the European Union offers”.
Even Antonio, of Ghanaian origins, did not hide his enthusiasm for participating in the training: “The project was very educational and stimulating in all its parts, and I re-evaluate the European Union which I considered an institution light years away from reality.
territorial areas of the cities of the member states “.
The young man also motivated the reasons behind his change of perspective: “Once I became aware of the existence of many initiatives in the name of inclusiveness, I changed my mind.
Having understood this, I feel I have to divulge what I have understood about the European Union and share it with those who might think like me “.
Emma, ​​a Venezuelan student at the Ragusa-Kiyohara Art High School, also appreciated the value of the initiative, which she defined as “an activity in ‘a community of Europeans’ which, although small, has integrated different cultures and thoughts”.

The remote training activity was managed by the association Fundacio Privada Ficat, the Spanish partner of the project that Centro Pio La Torre promoted in partnership also with Crossing Borders (Denmark) and the Association for Sustainable Development Sfera International Bitola (Republic of North Macedonia).
Through the use of an online platform, the meeting was also attended by young people from Barcelona (ES), Copenhagen (DK) and Bitola (Republic of North Macedonia), all with a family migration experience and each connected by their own country.
The Italian participants, who followed the training from the Pio La Torre Center, were provided with a tablet each to be able to explore the thematic sites indicated by the trainer during the meeting.
The training activity was also addressed to the youth workers of the partner associations of the project.
The next step in this process that aims to promote active European citizenship and the integration of young people will be the meeting with the representatives of the European Parliament at the Brussels headquarters.


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