The myth of Europe

Municipality of Paredes

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Organisation:

Municipality of Paredes

Country:

Portugal

About organisation:

Situated in North of Portugal, close to Oporto city, the Municipality of Paredes has extraordinary conditions. It benefits from an excellent train and good high way accessibility, near from Francisco Sá Carneiro airport and approximately 20 minutes of the Oporto city center.Our Municipality has presented an increased demographic growth and a relevant social economical potential. Paredes with 87 thousands inhabitants is the 27º county more populated of Portugal. Although is one of the youngest counties with an average age of population with 33 and 1/3 of the population under 25 years old. In Paredes, history and natural beauty coexist in perfect harmony with architectural heritage. There are unique examples of Romanesque legacy and industrial architecture awarded with a contemporary Architecture Prize.

Contact person:

Alexandra Teixeira

Title of the project

The myth of Europe

Start date:

December 19, 2022

End date:

December 31, 2023

Source of funding:

The project result from own resources, technicians from the institution, and the volunteer work of young people that were involved

Objectives:

The project the Myth of Europe main objectives are promoting awareness of our citizenship as Europeans. Many young people don't identify with European citizenship, only with their national citizenship. To change this situation and so that young people can realise the full potential of being European, we used the myth of Europe and challenged them to create an animation about it. A young woman with a background in multimedia, together with other young people, took up the challenge and translated the legend into an animation. Based on the legend and European citizenship, we wanted young people to have access to the opportunities that Europe offers them. This work began with a thematic discussion with the young people about Europe and it was the young people who chose this way of working on the theme, which served as information through peers because the young people themselves used the legend to take the European message to their colleagues and friends. This work had a lot of impact because it involved the young people, around 500 participants, from the creation of the idea, the realisation of the animation and the subsequent showing of the animation in different contexts as a pretext for talking about what Europe can represent in the lives of young people.

Why does it correspond to the thematic category:

We believe that the animation of the myth of Europe was a creative way to address the opportunities that Europe has to the young’s because young people like the new technologies and visual approaches. After seeing the animation they were more interested in our messages. This was a good idea to motivate the young’s to address the European issues.

The impact the initiative had on young people and the local community:

Most of the young people that have the opportunities to watch the animation of the myth of Europe didn’t have the opportunity to contact with European information. They were apart and after this experience there were invited to join the European opportunities.

How it ensured the visibility and promotion of Eurodesk:

The animation that was created was the symbol of Eurodesk and in all the sessions that are made we use materials that have identification the Eurodesk Network. Before the presentation the young’s explain to the colleagues what the objective of the Eurodesk Network is.

How it respected the green principles:

The main work we did was with new technologies, an animation that is used online.

The project the Myth of Europe main objectives are promoting awareness of our citizenship as Europeans. Many young people don’t identify with European citizenship, only with their national citizenship. To change this situation and so that young people can realise the full potential of being European, we used the myth of Europe and challenged them to create an animation about it. A young woman with a background in multimedia, together with other young people, took up the challenge and translated the legend into an animation. Based on the legend and European citizenship, we wanted young people to have access to the opportunities that Europe offers them. This work began with a thematic discussion with the young people about Europe and it was the young people who chose this way of working on the theme, which served as information through peers because the young people themselves used the legend to take the European message to their colleagues and friends.
This work had a lot of impact because it involved the young people, around 500 participants, from the creation of the idea, the realisation of the animation and the subsequent showing of the animation in different contexts as a pretext for talking about what Europe can represent in the lives of young people.