The Final Conference of the EU co-funded Project “I_do: a youth-led alliance, building @ctive Roma citizens” (REC PROGRAMME 2014 – 2020), that coordinates KEMEA, took place online on 7 November 2020.
The Conference began with an opening statement by the General Secretary for Social Solidarity and Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Georgios Stamatis, while greetings were delivered by the President of the Regional Union of Central Macedonia Municipalities, Mr. Ignatios Κaitetzidis, KEMEA Director, Mr. Ioannis Karageorgopoulos, the Chairman of Larissa Municipal Council, Mr. Dimitrios Deligiannis, and the Vice-Mayor for Social Policy of Agia Varvara Municipality, Mr. Christos Vassiliou.
The aim of the I_do Project is to support the active participation of young Roma in public life on an equal footing, with the specific objective of providing knowledge about the functioning of Local Government and empowering them to be active citizens.
To this end, young Roma from 3 Greek Regions (Attica, Thessaly and Central Macedonia) after a 5 month training course, with the support of Local Government officers, participated in a youth-led Digital Assembly for six months with a view to developing comprehensive proposals to the benefit of the whole local society in which they live, including the local Roma community.
The above mentioned proposals that were presented in 4 Municipal Councils (of Agia Varvara, Evosmos Kordelio, Ambelokipi Menemeni, and Karditsa Municipalities) and 2 Regional Unions of Municipalities (Thessaly and Central Macedonia), from 22 July until 30 October 2020, addressed the following topics:
- • Enhancing driving skills and competences through youth-led inclusive training
- • Creation of an open digital space
- • Home delivery for beneficiaries of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD / TEBA)
- • Facilitating access to regional services for people with sensory disabilities
- • Building Social Co-ops for the vocational rehabilitation of persons with insufficient formal qualifications
- • Supporting households at risk of energy poverty through independent generation of electricity and net metering
- • Promoting inter-municipal urban transport and sustainable urban mobility
- • Enhancing lifelong learning at a city level through the UNESCO’s “Learning Cities” Global Network
- • Promoting youth-led art projects at a regional level
In the course of the Conference, members of the I_do Digital Assembly, trained young Roma and local government officers, as well as members of the Municipal Youth Council of Larissa Municipality shared views and experiences on active citizenship through the following panel discussions:
- “Participation in public dialogue means …”
- “I care for my city because …”
- “The future belongs to youth – Young people can …”
The Project’s termination date is set for 15 November 2020.
Project co-funded by the “Rights, Equality and Citizenship 2014 – 2020” Programme of the European Union