The experience of French participants from the Mobility event in Cyprus

The experience of French participants from the Mobility event in Cyprus

The NEUEYT mobility took a teacher of English and civics and a 16 year pupil from Pau, France to HUB Nicosia, Cyprus, where  they were welcome by the partners from this organization and Dora. There, they met members of e-Trikala (Greece) youth assembly as well as other pupils from Cyprus along with their teacher of English.

The morning was spent at the Youth Board  of Cyprus, learning and exchanging about the various actions taken on a daily basis by the youth department to lead to youth empowerment. Then they went to Nicosia’s buffer zone – controlled by the UN- where the inhabitants of both parts of Cyprus can meet and share joint projects and activities. 

After discovering the city, they got to exchange on their personnal experimentations of non-formal methods to implement participatory debates and active citizenship, which led to various projects : the Greeks found the 6 STEPS method useful in decision-making, and it gave way to awareness campaigns at Limassol high school, where the pupils chose to address the problem or the stress generated by the exams at school for instance. In France, the silent debates allowed everyone to have a say in the topics that were dealt with and the pupils decided to take steps and act in a more eco-friendly way at school. 

Meeting in Nicosia was a great experience both for the adults and for the pupil, who could open up to the others, learn and share all together. The experience is not over since they are still in touch on the social networks !

Six Steps – Final Transnational Online Workshop

Six Steps – Final Transnational Online Workshop

Following the finalization of the 6 Steps initiative, HUB NICOSIA, E-Trikala, and PISTES SOLIDAIRES organized the final online transnational workshop where participants and stakeholders had the opportunity to share experiences from the implementation phase of the initiative. The most prominent element was the usefulness of the 6 Steps methodology to support group work and achieving common goals on topics that are relevant to each working group.

Moreover, lessons learned and challenges were discussed, and it was very interesting to realize how the initiative supported all participants to raise their voices on matters they believe in. For example, participants from Cyprus created three different intervention plans and organized different activities based on those plans, in which they invited more young people and more policymakers and stakeholders to participate. All participants felt a sense of achievement and were really proud of their work which signifies that they are open to use the methodology in the future.

Mobility Event in Norway, organized by Agder

Mobility Event in Norway, organized by Agder

Agder County was the host of the NEUEYT mobilities the 27th and 28th of April. Our guests were two politicians and two youth representing E-Trikala (Greece) and Foris (Italy).

The event started April 27th  in the county administration office, where Agder County gave information about how we include youth in county planning processes. There was also a presentation on how we work with youth democracy through the regional youth council, which is regulated by law in Norway. In addition, Agder County represented UngData, a way of collecting information about the lives of youth in our schools. 17 000 youth in Agder responded to the last UngData survey.

The delegation then went to the City Hall in Kristiansand to meet the Deputy Mayor, Erik Rostoft. Kristiansand is a city of approximately 115 000 inhabitants. The delegation had a very fruitful discussion with the Deput Mayor about the need for politicians to connect better with its citizens, and especially with the young people growing up. The delegation from Italy and Greece also gave valuable information about the youth democracy in their countries.

In the afternoon, the delegation went to Samsen, a cultural house for youth. Samsen is Norways largest, most extensive and diverse cultural center for youth.It is the municipality of Kristiansand´s flagship provider of cultural activities for young people aged 15-25 in the region. At Samsen the youth can participate in for example dance, music, art, film making, photography, climbing, parkour, concerts, festivals and events.

In the evening, the delegation visited a big conference made by youth in a democracy project in Kristiansand.

Friday the 28th, the delegation visited the municipality of Lillesand. Lillesand has approximately 11 000 inhabitants. In the morning we hada meeting with the Mayor, Einar Holmer Hoven, and with youth from Lillesand who has participated in the NEUEYT activities. We also had a presentation about youth council work in the municipalities.

The delegation the moved to Lillesand Upper Secondary School, where we got information on how the school works with student democracy, and how the school works with engaging the students in decision making processes. We met the principal, the student leader, teachers and youth. We also got a guided tour around the school premises.

In the afternoon, the delegation was picked up in a boat in Lillesand centre bye the County Mayor, Arne Thomassen. He took the delegation around the beautiful coast line of Lillesand, and we also got to see the old outport Brekkestø.

We had some great days in Norway. It was a meeting between very engaged people from different countries, who truly have the youth best interests in mind. Agder County would like to thank the amazing people from Greece and Italy who came to visit us!

Mobility event in Cento, Italy organized by Foris

Mobility event in Cento, Italy organized by Foris

We are thrilled to share some exciting news with you! The mobility event in Cento, Italy from 20th to 21st of April was a great success! The event brought together stakeholders and young people from Italy, France and Norway to discuss youth democratic participation and involvement.

The event was full of engaging activities, including a meeting with the Mayor and political leadership from the Municipality of Cento. The local government presented its youth policy programme and priorities, which led to a fruitful discussion between youth politicians and stakeholders. During the meeting between the Mayors of Cento, and Lillesand (NO), they shared their experiences and initiatives they are curing out to improve the quality of life of youngsters. It was a great opportunity to learn from each other and improve the policies for a betterment of their respective communities.

Participants also had the chance to explore Cento’s cultural heritage through a guided visit, which was a great way to understand the city’s history and values.

The encounter with the representatives of the Youth Council was also very appreciated  and all the parties animatedly discussed topics of main interest for youth. The discussion also touched upon public-private cooperation in joint community-based initiatives/projects and best practices exchange. Participants had the chance to meet with Alessandro Mazzini from Strade NGO, Stefano Resca from Bangherang Association, and Enrico Taddia from Fondazione Zanandrea, who shared their valuable insights and experiences.

Overall, the event was a fruitful opportunity for young people and stakeholders to come together, discuss ideas, and try to find ways to improve communities, youth participation in democratic life, as well as mutual forms of dialogue and listening.. Let’s continue to prioritize youth engagement for a more inclusive society for all! 

Presenting the NEUEYT project to the local community and high level political stakeholders

Presenting the NEUEYT project to the local community and high level political stakeholders

We are excited to inform you that E-TRIKALA, one of the Greek partners had the opportunity to introduce via a banner, brochures and videos, the NEUEYT project during a two days Conference that took place on 20 and 21 of April in the Greek city of Trikala.

The conference, Trikala 2030 ( promotes the goal for a sustainable  city by introducing to the public concepts like:

•             Infrastructure utilization

•             Promoting urban and thematic tourism, through the sustainable management of its resources.

•             Adopting solutions to reduce carbon footprint and slow down climate change.

•             Improvement of  services by adopting new technological solutions for the benefit of the citizens.

•             Encouraging the younger generation to participate meaningfully in planning and decision-making.

•             Enhancing innovation and start-up entrepreneurship.

•             Taking advantage of the region’s development prospects, highlighting the Comparative advantages.

On the second day of the conference E-TRIKALA organized a panel discussion with the title “Promoting Youth Democratic participation, Creating the first youth council via the NEUEYT PROJECT”. Speakers from the youth council, the organizing committee, mayors and vice mayors discussed and exchanged ideas on how to better include young people on democratic initiatives. Special focus was given to the importance of digital tools and our experience on the NEUEYT project.  

Mobility event in Nicosia, Cyprus

Mobility event in Nicosia, Cyprus

On the 11th of April, our partners from HUB NICOSIA hosted one of the mobilities foreseen during the NEUEYT project in their premises in Nicosia, Cyprus.

A total number of 9 young people and stakeholders were selected by PISTES SOLIDAIRES (France), E-Trikala (Greece) and HUB NICOSIA (Cyprus) to participate to interactive sessions with local stakeholders that primarily work on youth participation, youth engagement and youth policy.

The participants had the opportunity to visit the premises of the Youth Board of Cyprus (ONEK), a public legal entity which offers young people multiple opportunities for active participation in social activities in Cyprus and abroad. Particularly, the participants engaged in discussion with representatives from the Youth Policy department which coordinates the implementation of the National Youth Strategy in Cyprus. As the representatives mentioned, one of the basic principles of the Strategy is the participation of young people in decision-making, on issues that concern them and the close cooperation between all bodies that implement programs and actions for youth.

The participants learned more information about the role of the department in putting forward policy proposals, for the empowerment of young people;in conducting specialized research to identify the needs of young people; andin carrying out consultations and open discussions with young people, using multiple tools, such as the operation of Advisory Bodies, the Youth Conference and the National Group on EU Youth Dialogue. In that sense, the participants had the opportunity to actively discuss with the ONEK representatives and actively share how the implementation of their own initiatives helped them to understand the importance of actively engaging in civic affairs and democratic life. Participants explained elements of their initiatives to the representatives and exchanged opinions and ideas for furthering the benefits that they had harvested during the implementation of their initiatives.

Following that, the participants visited the Home for Cooperation, a unique community centre located in the middle of the dividing lines in Cyprus, in the Ledra Palace area, UN Buffer Zone, Nicosia. The participants had the opportunity to learn more about this landmark building in Nicosia, that is currently acting as a bridge-builder between separated communities, memories and visions through its physical presence and its peacebuilding programs benefiting from the transformative power of arts and culture.

Starting from the Home for Cooperation the participants enjoyed a tour within the walled city of Nicosia (old historical centre) that allowed the exploration of different and diverse corners of the city that are often unknown to visitors. The city tour allowed for raising questions around the possibility of actively engaging in democratic processes in a divided capital city, and the participants learned more about non-formal and informal groups working in the heart of the city.

Finally, the participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas, insights and lessons learned derived from their experience with the design, participation, and implementation of the initiatives in their countries and local communities. It was interesting to see the results achieved, but also the obstacles that the participants came across.

Overall, it was a very rewarding and joyful experience for us all!!