Have you noticed a social problem? Speak out loudly!
7.02.2013, Andrzej Wierzchowski Polska wersja »
How to blog, write an article and take good pictures, thereby speaking your mind openly and clearly in the public space? That’s only one of the topics that will be discussed within the project ‘Speak out loudly!’, implemented in cooperation with ADRA Poland. Its participants from Poland and Turkey will be introduced to the world of journalism.
The changes that we witness nowadays leave us breathless. The dynamic industrial and technological progress, access to computers and modern means of communication speed up the pace of the modern life. To keep up with the progress, one needs to respond to the dynamic changes in a flexible way. Therefore, schools and universities cease to be the main sources of knowledge, and the teachers are not its main “providers” anymore. Nowadays, it’s companies and non-governmental organizations that play a vital and ever-growing role in this process. The institutionalized education comes along with non-formal learning – out of school, out of university. It tends to give up traditional teaching methods, favouring trainings, workshops and various forms of team work. In this type of learning, the tutor acts as a facilitator, moderator and coach and, what’s more, makes use of personal interests and experience. The tutor’s job is also to create a friendly environment for personal growth, thanks to which the participants build up a sense of partnership and self-confidence, as well as foster active citizenship. As a result, out-of-school education is supposed to increase the chances of young people on the job market.
‘Youth in Action’
Overcoming barriers, stereotypes and prejudices among young people, developing a sense of solidarity and tolerance among them – these are the objectives of the ‘Youth in action’ Programme. The goal of the Programme and its youth exchanges is to support the mobility of young people and promote active European citizenship in particular. However, its main goal is to support activities that the young people undertake in their free time. Thanks to the Programme, young people aged between 13 and 30 have the opportunity to pursue their passions, develop skills and gain new experience. All of this can be achieved by combining adventure and non-formal education with getting to know other cultures. Now ADRA Poland joins the Programme. It is about to organise a Polish-Turkish youth exchange in cooperation with Guven Education and Health Foundation. The exchange will take place in May in the town of Grzybowo, located on the Baltic coast.
Young citizens on the Internet
The youth exchanges enable one or more groups of young people to pay a visit to a group from another country in order to participate together in a joint programme of activities. Each group must consist of minimum eight people and at least one of the countries involved must be a member of the EU. Such a ‘meeting’ lasts from 1 to 3 weeks. Its theme may be art, culture, history, ecology, health etc. The objective of the project is to promote active involvement of the youth and stimulate their awareness of social, economic and cultural realities. They learn from each other, develop their sense of entrepreneurship and creativity. The exchange is co-organised by ADRA Poland and its theme is citizen journalism.
– This will be the first project we have implemented within the ‘Youth in Action’ Programme – says Jadwiga Miśtak, ADRA Poland’s international youth projects specialist. – Its target is a group of 16 people aged 16-18 from Poland and Turkey and two youth leaders from these countries.
During the meeting entitled ‘Speak out loudly!’ young people will be introduced to the world of journalism, its ethic codes and professional photography. They will also learn about the role of journalism in the society and the way it can be a solution to many difficulties that they, their countries or Europe will face. In this way, they will acquire knowledge and skills which will enable them to speak their mind openly and clearly in the public space. At the end of the project, its participants will prepare a publication together – a newspaper or a blog – and will receive the Youthpass certificate, which will confirm the experience they gained.
The citizen journalism itself is a relatively new notion, since its beginnings are closely connected to the Internet. It provides ‘ordinary’ users with a possibility to share their opinions in ways more simple than ever before. Portals such as Eioba.pl or Interia360.pl give the youth the opportunity to raise important social issues and a possibility for them to speak their mind in an effective manner. It gives an opportunity to have a real impact on the world around us. These will be the issues brought up by the Project ‘Speak out loudly!’, cofinanced within the ‘Youth in Action’ Programme.
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