Take in consideration European integration debate that has taken different colorations and interpretations over the years, from generation to generation and the current debates that are full of apprehensions and paranoia which has taken a shorter sighted and negative rhetoric’s in which extreme nationalists in European countries have latched on this debate and have dubbed European integration has the ravaging disease that is destroying Europe, the partner youth organizations from European countries decide to achieve a training course, involving 25 youth experts and leaders to increase capacity and their local actions as way to promote youth integration in Europe. .
This project was not out to make a counter argument but rather it seeks to stir the debates around integration away from the normative and narrowed representation of European integration as trade and economic integration but this project will engage in a holistic perspective of integration. What it has meant, what it has archived and how integration is positively impacting Europe and present day youth and how it will impact generations yet unborn.
The project seeks to get young people of the fence and encourage them to consciously engage with the nuances of integration in Europe because it is one of the main issues that will affect their future. The training will help youth workers and young people to engage with the multifaceted dimensions of integration with a view to creating a society that is devoid of discrimination, stereotype and xenophobia but to create a much more equal and inclusive Europe.
This kind of broad understanding of European integration by young people will nip in the bud and bit back the rise of extreme nationalism and xenophobia tendencies within the borders of Europe. A broad understanding of integration among the youth will deny recruits and converts to the political rhetoric of new physical borders and slam brakes on the unintended consequences of a two tier Europe demarcated based on GDP and economic indexes as currently seen as northern Europeans and Southern Europeans.
Part of the objectives of the project was:
- To promote a society of equal opportunities .
- To promote a society that is devoid of discrimination and Xenophobia.
- To promote alternative narrative beyond the market and trade defined integration. .
- To train young people on how to engage with diversity and how to function effectively and compete in a multicultural Europe.
- To train youth workers in non-violent skills..
- To train youth workers from partner’s countries on multiculturalism and leveraging diversity.
- To build capacity and understanding around successes that integration has brought Europe.
This project was achieved by Centre for Policy Development and Advocacy in cooperation with Providers of Social Responses to the Development. It addressed the flawed perspective of reducing European citizens to just a number on the GDP scale and then try to use that illustration to measure the success of integration. The project somehow redirected the argument that ties economic crisis to failure of integration and break the inertia and lack of enthusiasm seen among young people as it relates to European project and integration. This project infused youth workers and young people with skills that enable them to leverage the benefits of the diversities in Europe. The project trained young people to challenge and confront xenophobia through knowledge and better reasoning and halt every effort in the political space that promotes a two tier Europe through effective youth participation in the European democratic process.