One of the first steps on the civic journey is the education system and in ACT project, we firmly believe that education could play a stronger role in promoting shared values and educating committed, critical-thinking and active citizens.
ACT project aims to foster youth participation in democratic life and support social and civic engagement by acquiring international and intercultural competences via Virtual Exchanges practices and without travelling abroad.
The general objective is to:
Develop values of active citizenship, freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination among young people by connecting students and professors/staff of HEIs of European and Southern Neighbourhood region countries through online formal and non-formal activities.
The ACT project aims to:
Implementing the ACT project, the consortium envisages to create a systemic impact at the following levels:
• Enhancement the sense of active citizenship and the common understanding among the two regions
• Increasement of sensitivity in equality and resilience towards their peers and their learners
• Enhancement of learners’ skills for intercultural dialogue and mutual respect
• Recognition of the importance for cooperation among teachers and young people
• Fostering the resilience and growth of civil society after the outbreak COVID-19
• Enhancement of innovation and digital capacity development
• Delivery of an innovative mechanism for the qualitative and quantitative assessment of the virtual exchange
• Fostering a European awareness among young people both from EU and Southern Neighbourhood countries
• Welcome Activities: The consortium will make an introduction to the HEIs and staff regarding the main objectives of the project, in order to bring them together and introduce them to several cultural activities and prepare them for the continuation of the project.
• Virtual Exchanges for Global Competences (OECD): Young people and academic staff will be trained in specific topics that have been defined from the Global Competence as a multi-dimensional construct. enabling them to strengthen participants’ values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through educational activities, and help them develop cultural awareness and respectful interactions within diverse societies.
• Virtual Exchanges for Fundamental Rights (EU Charter): This training will foster the most important European Values, freedoms and rights, as they have been included at The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. The aim is to promote freedom, equality, non-discrimination and tolerance among the group and enhance the youth participation in democratic life and support social and civic engagement
• Virtual Exchanges on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Within this training activity, participants will have the opportunity to be trained on the main principles of Sustainable Development Goals, in order to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.