THEATER project, co-financed by KA2 Action of Erasmus + Program of European Commission
According to Eurostat, by 2050 youth under the age of 25 will account for a quarter of all working age persons. To tap into the full potential of this rich source of social dynamism, politicians and policymakers must make sure they take the thoughts of young people into account. The European Commission recognizes this fact in its 2010-2018 EU Strategy for Youth’ as does the Council of Youth Ministers which adopted a 2009 resolution promoting the active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity of all young people. This resolution is supported by Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that young people have a right to have their views taken into account, and adults have a duty to provide them support.
Unfortunately, over 5 years later the goals of the EU Strategy for Youth remain unfulfilled. Recognising the growing use of ICT amongst young people (87% have basic ICT skills, 95% basic internet skills, over 60% have personal social media profiles and tend to use the internet over TV and printed press ), policy makers initially invested in designing online platforms to engage youth. Despite these efforts, less than 1/4 of young Europeans participated in online political discussion forums. Moreover, recent findings show that almost half of young distrust the EU and its political directions. Consequently, whilst well-intended, it is simply unrealistic to expect youth to use formal EU-funded platforms to freely express views.
The roll out of specialized platforms rarely scale and don’t reach a large amount of users – as the recent history of e-Participation shows. Yet, young people ARE engaging in lively political debates other using free, easily accessible and popular social media tools.
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