EmpoweringYou – Empowerment of young EU citizens through a gamified virtual collaboration platform for political and civic participation

The project aims to enhance the basic and transversal skills of young Europeans, promoting and empowering skill-based civic participation and governance.

Grant Agreement Number: 2016-3-UK01-KA205-035114

Funded by: Erasmus+        Duration: 01/03/2017 – 28/02/2019   

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Challenge

According to recent EU statistics (2014 Youth Report Inforgraphics), only 63% of young people participate in elections, resulting in the political, civic and social exclusion of youth at local, regional, national and European level.

In the UK and Cyprus, the percentage of young citizens participating in elections accounts for only 45% and 47% respectively, whereas in Spain and Italy, the participating youngsters in elections account for 65%. Greece seems to have a higher participation of young citizens in elections, representing 73%.

The resulting non-active engagement of young citizens in political life is rather alarming as it might lead to phenomena such as radicalisation, which in turn can undermine contemporary democratic ideas and expressions of freedom of choice.

Innovation

The project’s scope is to promote political and social participation of young EU citizens, through the design and development of an interactive gamified platform, based on learning and exchange of views and ideas, combining inclusive non-formal education as well as networking and active community engagement.

Action

This action involves the development of Curriculum, Storyboards and Content of the EmpoweringYou gamified platform and the overall content for fostering EU youngsters’ civic participation.

The platform offers basic education and training on democratic principles and imaginative activities, aiming to engage young EU citizens in discussions about democracy, access to rights and active participation. It includes 3 blocks with 6 missions: Social Issues (Migration, Disabilities), Civic Participation (Volunteering, Youth Voting), Environment (Waste Management, Climate Change) and aims to develop the life skills necessary for civic engagement. Additionally, the gamified platform was also developed in a mobile application for Android devices.

Visit the online platform: http://empoweringyouproject.eu/game/login/index.php

The handbook helps stakeholders to better integrate the “EmpoweringYou” platform to their activities and is comprised of four chapters dealing with gamification, how to use the platform, case studies from all partner countries and finally how to implement the platform in an ECTS accredited course.

Download the training handbook, in Greek and English.

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Project Partners

KMOP – Social Action and Innovation Centre
Inova Consultancy (UK – Coordinator)
CARDET (Cyprus)
GIE (Romania)
CSV MARCHE (Italy)

AGORA (Spain)

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