The Youth Agora – A transnational participation model for Europe's border regions
How can young people experience Europe's border regions as an opportunity for joint action and active policymaking?
This workshop is an introduction to "Jugendagora" (Youth Agora), a tried-and-tested cross-border participation model that brings together non-formal education providers, schools and policymakers. The idea is to enable children and adolescents from the German-Polish border region to work together on solutions for certain political issues, discuss them with policymakers, and implement them in the months that follow. This is no instance of "alibi politics" – instead, the young people are assisted by administrators, policymakers and civil society representatives in researching background information and coming up with solutions for regional problems with a European dimension. The young people's work and the debates they engage in are observed online by groups of school children in the region, who can leave their comments.
This workshop will introduce the concept and its track record so far. Participants will discuss the opportunities and challenges of transnational participation, as well as the potential for innovation offered by European border regions as drivers of European integration.
- Jun.-Prof. Dr. Matthias Busch, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
- Darius Müller, Schloß Trebnitz e.V.
- Nikolaus Teichmüller, Europäisches Zentrum für transnationale Partizipation