Series : 2019 European Elections Series
Step 5: Getting Involved
Understanding and identifying different types of political involvement and citizenship spaces beyond voting.
During this activity, participants will express their own vision of what it means to get involved in politics, using a group expression technique called 'photolanguage'.
- Each participant will think about what involvement means to them
- Debate the notion of getting involved
Over the course of this activity, participants will be in groups of 3 and will express and discuss their opinions on their personal day-to-day involvement in politics, and things that they might be able to do to get more involved in the future.
- Identify forms of involvement that people can carry out every day
- Think of other forms of personal involvement possible
During this activity, participants will identify a cause that is important to them, and where they might like to get involved. They will then look for different groups and organisations in civil society where they might be able to get involved (trade unions, political parties, non-profits, other groups) and they will identify the different characteristics of each.
Help participants identify different types of group organisations and their differences (structure, issues, method of action)
During this activity participants will come up with their own fun challenge in the form of questions and answers on different types of organised groups (trade unions/non-profit organisations/political parties). They will be able to dive deeper into the different organisations that allow us to act in the interests of a group on particular issues.
Allow students to learn about the different ways that different organisations work and function.
Duration:2 hours (or 2 x 50 minutes)
During this activity, participants will express their thoughts on different aspects of society (firstly independently, then in groups) and will link them with different artists who use their works to express their opinions or convictions.
- Be able to tackle societal issues that we feel are important
- Understand art as a method of political or social engagement
- Over this activity, participants will come to understand citizens initiatives at a European level and will try our a method of petitioning the European Parliament
- They will be asked, in groups, to choose a subject that they care about and will create an online petition that they will share and publicise online
- Introduce and understand citizens rights to petition their public representatives on a European level.
- Create a petition as a group and come up with an online publicity strategy
Duration:2 x 50 mins
During this activity, participants will discover different possibilities allowing them to travel around Europe, using concrete examples. They will then have to present their findings orally.
- Participants will learn about the different opportunities they have to move, work, travel and study around Europe
During this activity participants will participate in a moving debate to discuss the legitimacy of different methods used to fight for a cause.
- Express a point of view and listen to others' arguments
- At the end of the activity participants will have discussed the different causes that mean something to them. Each participant will also have thought about the question "How far should we go to fight for a cause?", whilst understanding arguments on both sides.