Project Summary – “GETting to Active CITizenship in Europe“ - GET2IT
Ref. no. - 615194-CITIZ-1-2019-2-HR-CITIZ-NT
The project “GET2IT“ has been approved for a grant worth 100.800,00 EUR from the European Union via the Europe for Citizens Programme – Measure 2.2. Networks of Towns. The lead partner of the project is Pučko otvoreno učilište Varaždin – POU Varaždin (People’s Open University Varaždin), which is an adult learning institution of the City of Varazdin that is dedicated to enhancing education, creating employment opportunities and building the knowledge and skills of citizens so that they match market needs. The project partnership covers 5 European countries (Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia, Italy and the Czech Republic). The specific partners on the project are:
- Tourist Organisation of the City of Sremska Mitrovica (TO SM) located in Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia
- Regional Development Agency of Srem Ltd. Ruma located in Ruma, Serbia
- Centro Studio e Lavoro "La Cremeria" srl located in Cavriago, Italy
- Comune di Cavriago, Italy
- Ljudska Univerza Ptuj (LUP) located in Ptuj, Slovenia
- Institut pro regionalni rozvoj, o. p. s. located in Prague 6, Czech Republic
The main objective of the project is to engage citizens in democratic processes.
Citizens are the main drivers of growth and they must be active in developing their communities. In the partner regions, citizens are unaware how they can plan & participate in local actions, and often rely on local authorities to take lead roles. There is also confusion about the EU’s role in local actions. There is especially a lack of understanding about the principles of solidarity and volunteering.
In order to address these problems and shortcomings in European Communities, the partnership will create a transnational network of towns that focuses on enhancing citizen engagement in local actions based on the principles of volunteering and solidarity. The project is organized as 5 events (in Croatia, Serbia, Italy, Slovenia & Czech Republic) that focus on building citizens’ understanding on how to plan and manage actions that contribute to inclusive growth.
Each event will last 2-3 days and focus on a specific theme. In Croatia, the kick-off event in Varazdin, Croatia will focus on how citizens are involved in creating education and employment opportunities. The second event in Sremska Mitrovica and Ruma, Serbia will emphasize how citizens play a key role in cultural heritage actions and promote multiculturalism. The 3rd event in Cavriago, Italy will focus on how citizen-driven initiatives enhance environmental protection and civil defence. The 4th event in Ptuj, Slovenia will demonstrate how citizens play a key role in promoting intergenerational solidarity. The final event in Prague, Czech Republic will focus on how volunteer actions promote social inclusion and address the needs of vulnerable groups (migrants and young persons in precarious positions). To end the project, the partnership will develop a working curriculum that targets volunteers and provides them the skills to prepare and develop citizen-based actions. At each event, the partnership will use various methods to transfer knowledge, such as workshops, presentations, conferences and site visits.
The target groups of the project are representatives of local authorities, CSOs & public bodies (in education, social care, culture, environmental protection and employment), students, educators & other citizens (youth & elderly). Through the project, citizens will gain the knowledge & skills to plan & manage actions in line with democratic principles, enhance their understanding of how EU values & policies function, and develop new links with citizens transnationally.
The first event is scheduled to take place in September 2020, and more details will be posted once the agenda is finalized.
For more information about Get2IT, please contact:
Pučko otvoreno učilište Varaždin / People's Open University Varaždin
Hallerova aleja 1/II
HR - 42000 Varaždin
T: 00385 (0)42 313 191
E-mail: [email protected]