Thanks to the Wyred project, Elisabetta from Rome Tre University had the chance to carry out a research on youth people and employment. The data show that many young people do not find a job easily.
Is it time to advocate for a change in the labour market?
Jasmin, Anastasia and Patrik from Hertha-Firnberg-Schools in Austria decided to call attention to Digital Implants in an unusual way: they wrote a poem!
The objective of the poem is the sensitization of society for the dangers digital implants may have in the future.
For animals, especially for dogs, it is common practice to implant RFID
(Radion Frequency Identification) chips, in order to easily identify them when getting lost.
Humans use implants (in the size of rice grains) for an “easy” way to open car, house or office-doors, for e-banking, to access the mobile or to provide medical data in case of emergency. These chips are not too expensive and can even be implemented in a piercing-studio. But do we really want a future like that? Is surveillance the consequence of this form of convenience? These are the questions the YP rise in their focussed poem, which invites to reflection on this issue.
Roses are red,
implants are small,
we don’t know whether they’re
good at all.
What does the future hold,
Are we just being controlled?
Is surveillance the only goal?
Are we selling our soul?
Only the future will tell,
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After Brexit referendum in the UK in 2016, some youth didn’t feel represented and civil organisations worked together in focus groups across the UK to find out what young people 13 to 30 think and feel about Brexit, and what they want out of the Brexit process. It was find out that “young people under 18 felt deprived of a voice and overwhelmingly said that if they could, they would have voted to remain. Secondly, young people expressed dissatisfaction that the oldest generations (65+) should have such a disproportionate influence on the futures of the youngest citizens. ”
The main objective of these initiatives is to ensure that youth visions for post-Brexit Britain are reflected in the process of leaving the European Union. Young British don’t feel thier voices have been taken into consideration during this process and now they want to make sure they take part in future discussions.
This is a good example of a youth platform engaging hundreds of UK-wide young people that demonstrates the importance and impact of young voices. They have initiated relationships with cross-party MPs and Lords, the Department for Exiting the European Union, the European Council Taskforce 50, European Commission, European Parliament and European Youth Forum, and relevant Committees both in the UK and the EU.
WYRED platform provides a safe space for discussions, debates and research where young people can raise their voices not only about politics but any other topics they care about in our constant changing society through a digital world, and brings youth messages to those who need to listen to them.
The 17-year-old girl Irem Abdurrazzakoglu opens our eyes to the urgent need for young people in Turkey to raise their voices and defend their ideas and opinions. The WYRED Project helps them to express their thoughts freely.
My name is İrem Abdurrazzakoğlu. I am a student from Çamlıca Theological High School for Girls in Turkey. I am 17 years old and I believe that, as a young person, I need to express my thoughts.
The WYRED project is an umbrella platform for me, on which we can work on creative projects, express our ideas and take on responsibilities. We will be thrown into the ‘adult world’ sooner or later, so before this happens we should improve ourselves. I attended the WYRED social dialogues and joined the community as a teenager to produce new ideas with other students. Today, young people are not given much space to have a say. However, we want to change that. With projects such as WYRED, which enables us to make ourvoices heard, we are taking trainings for a society in which everyone freely shares ideas, respects ideas and is equal.
After the general elections in Turkey, I thought I should revise my topic and decide to write about democracy. As we all know, we live in a world where democracy prevails. Every day, many regulations are made in order to make people’s life easier. Although the layout we live in looks nice from the outside, does it actually give us the opportunity to express our thoughts freely? With the recent elections in our country, young people started to get more attention from the state. We started to follow the demonstrations organised by the party leaders. With these regulations, we are told, young people will have more rights and advantages. When will we start to express ourselves better as young people? It is obvious that each person will have their own ideas. We all want to tell people about these ideas in the best possible way. As a matter of fact, we are fighting a lot about our ideas. We all strive to defeat each other in the direction of our political ideals and ideologies. Sometimes we break each other’s hearts to justify our ideas. Sometimes adults try to impose their ideas on us and do not allow us to have our own thoughts. It is not well received for a right-wing father to have a left-wing child. In such situations, we simply keep our ideas to ourselves and remain silent. Sometimes we are not allowed to talk, they say we are too young to defend our ideas. We often hear that we do not know anything and that’s why we cannot decide.
In short, we cannot have any idea, we cannot defend ourselves ideologically and we do not respect the opinions of others. But we can change it, we can learn to argue in a respectful way and prove that we have meaningful ideas. In addition to the above, young people cannot explain their own thoughts as much in school. One of the main reasons for this is that students are not taken seriously by administrators. Students are hesitant to submit their ideas and suggestions in their schools, or they cannot get a feedback. They face a sanction; they are subject to disciplinary threats or cannot receive a response. If our own ideas are not respected, our self-esteem as young people is damaged, we are forced to stay in silence and we are exposed to injustice. Some changes must be made so that young people in schools do not face such situations. For example, a school council should be established and every student should be able to express complaints and suggestions. In the elections held in school, every student must be eligible without any age and class restrictions. Students should not be dismissed when they comment on a situation. The administrators should always be open to students and give importance to their ideas. Do not forget that we are young people, representatives of the future and our ideas are important.
Listen to the young people’s voice, please. We are trying to raise it.
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From 22nd of June to 2nd of July 2018, 60 young people from 11 countries met in Portugal thanks to the 37th YEU Convention. The occasion was “Brave New You – BNY” process, which was held in 2 different venues in Portugal. The process itself focused on tackling narratives and creating counter ones.
Young participants had the chance to go through WYRED project and the platform which they will use to realize their work online. The topics set during the process are various.
Some tackle Roma, LGBTQI+ communities and as set by the young people through the “Brave New You process” the results will be linked to Narratives online and what recommendations are there to make a more inclusive and diverse digital society.
Interesting enough, this process linked the two Cycles of WYRED, as the platform and process was presented by young people which applied their research during the first Cycle.
Ioanna and Giulia, previous participants, shared their interest to present the process, as they felt that “these projects can really engage young people and actually have a higher impact, sharing ideas and feelings of young people”. Building up on their engagement and personal development, both of them will be engaged as facilitators of the online communities liked to “Brave New You.”
As participants departed from Portugal, the process will now move online, inside the WYRED platform. A set of Communities has already been created, bringing these young people from different European countries together. At this point, we are looking forward for their process to start and to use their research results to build a stronger youth-oriented dialogue with stakeholders.
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The Institut européen en sciences des religions (IESR) of the École pratique des hautes études (EPHE) hold an informative session on SORAPS at the secondary school René Cassin in Aprajon to an audience consisting of local teachers from three different schools and members of local educational authorities. The session was divided into a theoretical introduction by IESR in the morning and a subsequent practical exploration by the participants in the afternoon.
In the morning session, the participants get an overview on the SORAPS project, its goals, the online training platform in general and its UNITS in particular. Furthermore, links to the previous project IERS (Intercultural Education through Religious Studies) were made. In the afternoon session, the participants discover the online learning environment of SORAPS and IERS. Afterwards there was enough time for discussion. There, it became on the one hand clear that IERS and SORAPS met with great approval, on the other hand especially issued by the involved teachers how hard it is to implement this kind of projects in the French laical educational environment.
The Ca’ Foscari University of Venice was officially invited by the Department of Humanities to speak about SORAPS during the workshop “Methods and Tools for the interpretation of religious facts” at the Roma Tre University on May 15th. In addition to the speech by Giovanni Lapis, the coordinator of SORAPS, other exciting speeches by experts, stakeholders and activists were awaiting the participants. All united the goal of implementing the academic view on religions in the classroom. The participants, graduated students, were not only obviously interested, but also took the opportunity to consolidate the networks in the field of religious education in Italian public schools.
The WYRED team (from Brussels, Spain, Austria and Turkey) at the entrance of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, ready to attend the opening ceremony of EYE 2018.
Under the motto “The plan is to fan this spark into a flame.” (Hamilton, My Shot), 8,000 young people from all over Europe meet in Strasbourg to come up with ideas for the future of Europe and discuss with European decision makers.
WYRED participates in the event through two sessions:
Friday, 1 June, 15:00 – 16:30: The digital revolution continues: what will be the next steps?
Workshop at Yo!Fest Village
Young people have been navigating the digital society from an early age and technology has always played a prominent role in their lives. As such, their voices should be represented in discussions on how this society should evolve. What do you think are the most important changes we need to implement in the future? How do you envision the ideal digital society? Join us to discuss with other young people, design your own plan and become an active participant in the digital revolution!
Saturday, 2 June, 14:00-15:00: Growing up in a digital society: What matters most to young people?
Event at the European Parliament (with the participation of MEPs – Ms Terry Reintke and Mr Brando Benifei, YFJ – Ms Mari Strømsvåg, YEU – Matej Manevski)
Today’s young people have grown up in a digital world, but they rarely get a say on what matters most in our digital society and what our priorities should be. Their world has been shaped, and is still being shaped, by others. Instead of being seen as passive objects of others’ decisions, young people should be fully included in conversations on their own future. What do you think is the most important issue in our digital society? Join this discussion with experts and policy-makers and come up with solutions to these issues together.
At the end of the dialogue with the MPEs, Vera, Guillermo and Manuel, three young students from Spain, will present their short film “The face of society”, developed as a research project in WYRED. The video is an invitation to reflect on the effects of globalization, excessive consumption and technology in the creation of undifferentiated young people without their own identity, which reflect the face of society, and not their own.
Special thanks to all the YEU team, our WYRED partner, who made this experience possible.
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