ACTION PROJECT 1: ‘Everyday life in a wheelchair’
The participants experience parts of daily routines of disabled people and their everyday barriers. They use wheelchairs to understand the perspective of a person who is a wheelchair user and are exposed to different challenges and situations, indoors as well as outdoors. At the end they make a map of the city indicating the places that are difficult to reach for wheelchair users and try to propose improvements that could later be presented to the respective authorities.
ACTION PROJECT 2: ‘Multi-language picture book’
The project takes place in a Roma settlement. The participants, together with Roma youngsters, create a picture book/dictionary containing the translations of some words in Slovene, English and the Roma language. An illustrator will add pictures to the words to make it more colorful. The project aims to overcome differences between Roma and other youngsters and help improve Roma youngsters' basic literacy skills.
ACTION PROJECT 3: 'Kings of the street'
The participants experience the world of people on the margins of society by spending time with homeless people. They have the chance to learn about homeless people lives and their means of survival. Together with the homeless they try to sell a magazine on the streets. The collected money goes to the centre caring for the homeless.
ACTION PROJECT 4: ‘Homophobia in the street’
The participants get familiar with the issue of homophobia and its consequences. After that they go in the streets of Ljubljana in pairs and try to talk to by-standers about the issue of homosexuality. They try to engage in an interactive dialogue and get their opinion about homosexual marriage and adoption, attempt to raise awareness about this issue and fight discriminatory behavior. The conversations are filmed and will be put together in a short film.
WORKSHOP 1: Drafting the policy document “Inclusion of YPFO in decision-making processes”
The delegates draft a policy document about “Inclusion of YPFO in decision-making processes” using the suggestions, notes and challenges collected in the previous sessions. The aim is to put together a document/action plan that will reflect opinions, ideas and suggestions of young people to improve the situation of inclusion and integration of YPFOs. The document will be presented to relevant authorities and bodies.
This group is based on a similar process carried out during the Slovenian EU 2008 Presidency Youth Event and focuses on four out of five priority fields that were determined in the 2008 final policy-document. The most important difference between the two processes are the authors: in 2008 the paper was prepared mostly by young politicians engaged in National Youth Council organizations, while in 2009 the word and power is given to the active players – mostly youth workers and young leaders. The follow-up differs in the approach – instead of top-down, this time the bottom-up is chosen.
WORKSHOP 2: Publication Post Carbon Future
Peace Child International is writing an upbeat educational book about climate change and how the future could look like in the post carbon era. The book will be presented at the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December 2009.
This workshop consists of a brief introduction of the book and the really fascinating initiatives that have been launched by young people in order to fight climate change. The presentation is followed by brainstorming of ideas to be included in the book, ranging from imaginative projects you are already running or you know about, communicating the issue through images and symbols up to “facts vs. myths” activity and discussions. We try to find a way to engage the book’s target group (young people aged 14-17) by attempting to answer the question of how to discuss climate change without making it a scientific lecture.