The Project

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.

General Objective

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.

Main Objectives

The ACT project aims to:


interactive open online activities including formal and non-formal activities with main focus on the elements of active citizenship and intercultural learning with the aim to increase the access to student mobility opportunities for all students and professors/staff and ensure opportunities for youth participation in democratic life and support social and civic engagement.


participants on cultural awareness so as to promote ethics, equality and resilience as well as empathy and sensitivity to differences and support the development of interpersonal and intercultural skills based on framework of global competences


online facilitated activities (within formal and non-formal education settings) with students and youth workers on topics of active citizenship and both SDGs and EU values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination, enhancing the common understanding among the two regions and enable learners to develop the values of an active citizen, such as sense of responsibility, active participation and engagement in the society, environmental protection, resilience, human rights respect

Expected Results

Implementing the ACT project, the consortium envisages to create a systemic impact at the following levels:

At a National/local level

• 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

At a European/Global level

• 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

Project Activities

Series of Training Activities

• 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.

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