EU-Wise Young Citizens-Consumers

EUWISE young citizens-consumers is a long term Erasmus+ project that started in December 2020 and ends in November 2022 (2 years). Coordinated by the Youth Association from Transylvania, a grassroots NGO from Romania, it gathers 5 entities from Belgium, Italy, Poland and Romania, who are working together with the purpose of raising awareness and upscaling various sustainable production and consumption practices, all the while also empowering youth with fewer opportunities.

Objectives

EUWISE young citizens-consumers aims to combine generic youth empowerment activities with sustainable development tools and strategies in order to empower 120 young people as agents of change in four EU Countries: Romania, Poland, Italy and Belgium.

The project also aims to enhance the acquisition of social and civic competences, foster knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights. It focuses on active engagement of the EU young people, in major debates and actions, whilst promoting a change of attitude towards their consumption patterns.

EU-WISE also collects and disseminates good practices to support the role of young people as active partners in the implementation of SDG4 (Quality of Education) and SDG12 (Responsible Production and Consumption). By widening and strengthening existing networks, such as Fair Trade and Slow Food, the project aims at transferring and upscaling these good practices within and beyond the countries that are covered by the consortium.

Partners

The rationale for the project is grounded on the enormous potential for young people to develop skills to create alternative ways of ensuring inclusive, resilient, and sustainable societies.

Through a bottom-up approach, it fosters the role of young people as “agents” and “catalysts” for change by identifying, analysing, and disseminating good practices that build their capacity to promote sustainable lifestyles and attitudes in their communities (e.g. trainings, political support, dialogue opportunities, and education and awareness raising).
Moreover, it fills contribute to a comprehensive approach to sustainable consumption which includes the principles of relevant and complementary movements such as Slow Food, Fair Trade, the Circular Economy Movements.

Attila Nagy

project manager

project outputs

In our publication, we present 25 good practices collected in 2021 by our partners.

What is a good practice for us?
It is something that is necessary for young people and citizens, with the aim of empowering them. It is an activity that encourages every participant to be more involved, so we decided to focus on practices that could appeal to people in a broader sense.
We know that these are truly some of the best practices, as they have all been tested on the field: young people and NGOs engaged in very dynamic and diverse activities, with successful outcomes, that can be easily duplicated even with a larger number of participants.

Tailor-made training programmes have been implemented to train for 50 hours more than 30 young people in each country of the project, Belgium, Italy, Poland, Romania.
Thanks to the general framework that has been co-designed, the partners shared common structure and topics. Two courses, in English and Italian, have been uploaded on fairsharetraining.eu, Equo Garantito’s e-learning platform dedicated to fair trade.
As a result of the training programme, the young participants supported by project partners developed at least three concepts for Pilot Actions per country to be implemented in the communities for fostering the principles of fair trade and sustainable development.

In late March 2022, young leaders from Belgium, Italy, Poland, and Romania met in Milan to participate to a week of workshops and activities to develop the projects of their own activities about sustainability and fair trade. For five days, the young advocates worked together, met with experts from different fields, such as fashion, food, mobility, circular economy, communication and fundraising. They also went on field trips to Food Waste Hub “Indifesa”, part of City of Milan’s Food Policy, to Parco Agricolo Vettabbia Sould Food Hub and to Cascina Cuccagna to experience some inspiring sustainability practices in Milan. It was a great opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss with people from different countries. Next step is working on the implementation of the local pilot actions!

Subscribe to the EUWISE project’s courses on fairsharetraining.eu to learn sustainable development tools and strategies for youngsters.
Fair Share LMS is a training and learning platform for students, teachers and citizens interested in fair trade and sustainability.

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