A project to inform younger people of European policies and latest news.
Liceo Statale G. Carducci, an Italian high school from Ferrara (Northern Italy), started a project called Europe for Millennials that aims to spread between young people the knowledge of what it means to be a European citizen. We are the 15 selected students, from the original 40 who took part in the project, who had the opportunity to observe with our own eyes what the British think about Brexit. With this purpose we’re spending three weeks in London funded by the EU and we’re creating a website connected to a blog that both contain all of the information to get to know the EU better.
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ABOUT THE EU
The European Union is a group of 28 countries located in Europe. It consists of a political and economical union grown out of a desire for peace after World War II.
It is based on values such as human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and human rights, in order to promote the peaceful cohabitation of all its citizens, which has been guaranteed for more than seventy years.
It originally was an economic union, known as European Economic Community (EEC), between Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then (1958), 22 other countries have joined the union, developing an internal single market.
From 1993, when the name was changed to European Union (EU), the members started to focus on other topics as well.
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Who are millennials?
Millennials, also known as Generation Y, are people born between 1981 and 1996.
This project was created by young people to young people. We think it is very important to be informed about what’s happening in the world and, more specifically, in the European Union, for this purpose we created this website. Millennials represent the future and the present of Europe. We count on millennials for a better Europe, we count on YOU!
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3504 del 31/03/2017 – FSE – Potenziamento della Cittadinanza europea
The first draft of this project saw the light in the aftermath of the 2016 Brexit referendum, when it suddenly dawned on us all that Britain would be the first country to leave the EU after many years of constant growth and expansion.
While analysing the data on the vote with some of the students, we realized that not only was Britain divided along “nationalistic” lines (Ireland and Scotland vs England), but there was a major fault line based on age groups – most young people had voted to remain in the EU. Ironically, they were the ones bound to suffer most the consequences of the referendum outcome.
However, there was an age group that was highly underrepresented in this picture – people the age of our students – 16 to 18. They were born at the end of the 1990s, were technically the last of the Millennial generation, but they hadn’t had a say in the referendum, nor in the 2014 European elections. They were too young, their opinion did not figure anywhere. What did they think about the EU? What was their position on Brexit? How did they picture their lives and country in ten years’ time?
The Carducci students felt they were in an ideal position to ask those questions to their British peers. A few years later, they were finally able to do so, thanks to the European funds for European Citizenship. The students taking part in the project today might no longer be Millennials, but the questions they are asking are still unanswered.