The BE PART project aims to develop, implement and evaluate an innovative participatory youth approach to be implemented in regular schools, fostering inclusive education while promoting citizenship competences and youth empowerment
Simply defined, participation is the act of taking part in or becoming actively involved or sharing, but the reality of youth participation is more complex. In further defining participation, and concretely youth participation, many definitions are based on the following concepts: decision-making, taking part and active social citizenship
So we can define youth participation as:
Improve the quality and efficiency of education and training
Promote common values and intercultural competences, including Citizenship Education
Promote inclusive education for all learners
Strengthening the awareness of European values
Our methodological approach relies on five main concepts that combined will assure the innovation on the promotion of the acquisition and development of students’ civic competencies.
Is a participatory approach that places youth in the centre of their development and growth, that comprises 5 main principles: 1) the definition of the goals and objectives of youth development are defined by them; 2) a social and physical place, in which youth can take their activities, needs to be created, allowing the regular contact with them; 3) the development axis is the interaction and cooperation with others, so mentorship from adults and peer-to-peer mentorship are encouraged; 4) one of the most important roles of youth is as role model, in which they need to encourage other youth to be engaged and participate in the development; 5) the integration of youth into local and national development programmes and frameworks is crucial.
The backbone of the youth participation models is the establishment of strategic partnerships between youth and adults, fostering the promotion of youth skills and autonomy in the participation in decision-making processes. Studies reveal that these models have a huge impact on the mobilization and engagement of youth in social and politic sphere. There are three different types of models of youth participation – youth-led, youth-adult partnership and adult. The one that will be focused in the BE PART project is the youth-led model, once that teachers will be the facilitators and supports of students, as leaders of the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of models of youth participation.
Is a management strategy in which two parties cooperate with each other in the process of designing and developing a product, methodology or event, that will be an added value to both. The process of co-creation brings richness to the learning process, providing a personal and unique experience between the two persons cooperating with one each, promoting the motivation and engagement of the persons in their learning path. Co-creation provide meaning to the learning, being a quite relevant method in the engagement and motivation of students in school activities.
Is a student-centred pedagogy, characterized for promoting an active learning by involving learners in the exploration of real-world challenges and problems. Instead of being teacher-led approach, PBL is an active learning in which teachers will act as learning facilitators by presenting questions, challenges and problems to which students needs to respond to. Considering that PBL is an active learning, is important to guarantee the coexistence of 5 axis:
It aims to improve quality of life and is a process in which youth takes the charge of their lives, by being activities in their contexts and following their believes, values and goals. Youth empowerment differs from youth-led, once it is focused on generating innovation and changes in the community, impacting individuals that are involved in the process or integrated in the community.
I didn’t know what Models of Youth Participation were and now I know
The school commitment with our well being is overwhelming. Inside this group I felt I was a part of something big that affects our lives
What can I say? It was important for me to have a voice in the school issues that affects me and all my colleagues. Also, I have now a different perspective on certain things and I’m more active in obey the school rules and getting my colleagues to do the same