Deal with it!
The youth is the key to solve current and future challenges of the world. Within the EU project „DEAL with it!“, implemented from December 2021 until January 2023, their engagement and perspectives will be brought into focus by a consortium composed of ÖFSE from Austria, Artemisszió from Hungary, NaZemi from Czech Republic and EPiZ from Germany.
For this, high school students get involved. They gather knowledge and inspiration. They learn about the European Green Deal and the necessity of cooperation on a global level to achieve a sustainable and fair transformation. An understanding of EU policy processes also helps to encounter political disenchantment and euroscepticism. Building on this foundation, youth delegations of the four project countries elaborate a joint „Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe“, which they hand over to EU politicians and share with the broad public during an online exhibition. All project stages are facilitated by international experts from different disciplines and backgrounds.
Living Libraries are one of the participatory event formats of the project and are carried out in all four partner countries. During a living library the students meet „living books“: Activists, politicians and scientists in the field of international climate policies provide their expertise and experience to the students. The „safe space“ of a library provides the opportunity to learn from each other, to reflect and form opinions, perspectives and visions. Living libraries stand for learning processes, exchange and deliberation on equal terms and close to real life.
In the course of a joint online workshop and the European Youth Conference in Vienna in the C3 – Centre for International Development youth delegations work on defining and articulating their demands of a vision of a sustainable future. Supported by professional guidance, space for discussion and cooperation they elaborate the „Youth Declaration for a sustainable and inclusive Europe“ facilitated by Graphic Recording. Within a public presentation at the end of the youth conference they present their illustrated Youth Declaration to the public and get feedback from representatives of climate, education and sustainability politics.
The Youth Declaration marks an enormous achievement of the students. At this point, they gained the competencies to translate their needs into demands, to collect and articulate those demands in a consual deliberation process as EU citizens. To raise awareness and to guarantee the deserved recognition, the students hand over their Youth Declaration to EU politicians in the course of a public summit within the Czech EU presidency in Brno in October 2022.
The EU public summit is the highlight of the project but not its end. Therefore, an online exhibition will be curated. After a virtual vernissage the public has got free access to the Youth Declaration and other project outputs accomplished by the students. Thereby, the dedication and the vision of the students inspire beyond the formal project end of „DEAL with it!“.