Youth ACT Project- Cloud Meeting Jun 2020

On June 6, 2020, the First Youth-ACT Project Cloud Meeting was successfully held, with the participation of one hundred young leaders and coordinators, from 20 youth groups, from 27 cities in 20 countries: Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Uruguay, USA, Portugal, Belgium, France, Italy, and Spain.

The event began with a short speech from Julia María González Ferreras, President of EDIW. Then each of the groups shared their experiences of citizen participation in the contexts where they are found, experiences that have been nuanced by that one of the Covid-19. Participations were around two questions: 1) What attitudes help to get ahead in difficult times, such as this pandemic? 2) What have we done as collectives during these months? The meeting ended with the intervention of Emma Melgarejo, Head of Higher and Non-formal Education. In the end, the young people said goodbye with the desire to meet again in a very next opportunity, with more experiences and learning to share.

Donate a tablet or a laptop to make real equality of opportunities in digital education

  A campaign launched by EDIW Barcelona and the Viarany Private Foundation


90% of the Spanish population has access to technological devices and the Internet (Pew Research Center, 2020), but what about the remaining 10%? The socio-economic level of households determines access to information since the 31,5% of households with an income below 900€ (974 US$) do not have access to the Internet (UGT). Therefore, the digital divide is nothing new, but rather a structural and systemic inequality in Spain, that as a result of COVID-19 has become more visible.

While the world has adapted to the reality of telework and schools have opted for telematic education, only in the region of Catalonia, 52.000 families do not have the technological means to guarantee an education of equal opportunities for their minors. Faced to this reality, the young people of EDIW Barcelona, driven by the desire to transform society from our citizen engagement and under the framework of the Youth-ACT project, have started to dream, plan and work to close this digital divide.

Hand in hand with the Viarany Private Foundation, an entity of the Teresian Institution in Catalonia for the socio-educational and cultural inclusion of children and adolescents, EDIW Barcelona has designed the “#Donaunatabletounpc” campaign (#Donateatabletoralaptop). The initial idea is to send tablets and/or laptops to each of the Foundation’s students who do not have adequate means to continue with their schooling in equal opportunities. Moreover, the campaign aims at the awareness-raising and engagement on technological inequality and its implication in education.

To this effect, the initiative has been planed in two work blocs. On the one hand, the development of a communication strategy which covers the definition of the audience, the selection of channels and socials networks of diffusion and the creation of the audiovisual material to be shared on them. On the other hand, the organization of the campaign logistics, that is to say, the channels to gather the donations, the treatment of the received material and its delivery to the students, taking into account the context of confinement, the measures of the Government and the recommendations of the Public Health Authorities. Working on all this at a time, in just two weeks from the campaign’s launch, more than 50 donations have been collected, there have been several appearances in newspapers, magazines and radio programs.

If you are concerned about the digital divide, inequalities on network access and online education…be part of the campaign! Do not miss the publications on social media and collaborate to spread them!

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Youth sew masks for youth in shelters, prisons

CHICAGO. IL.- They are young and they are committed to make a difference. They are IGNIS, a youth group in Chicago who has set out to do its part in these times of Covid19 by producing cloth masks for youths staying in shelters, prisons or living in the streets.

To this end they have:

  • Started a fundraiser that will pay for face masks
  • Tapped into local small businesses for the production of the masks
  • Recruited young people who can sew in order to produce the masks.

In a few days, they have sewed 40 masks for Covenant House, Illinois, – a shelter for homeless  youth. They have different shelters already requesting anywhere from 50-100 masks. Their goal is to raise the funds for the production of 500 cloth masks to be donated to homeless shelters.

The group IGNIS  is sponsored by two nonprofits:  Poveda Education Project (PEP) in Chicago and  Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW).

It all began in February of 2019 when Elijah Ampo, a young adult from Chicago,  was invited to travel to Los Negrales, near Madrid, Spain, for the launching of the 2-year Youth ACT EDIW program.

EDIW is an international non-profit association that works in partnership with universities, international organizations, professional bodies and other platforms.

Its mission is to empower young people in Higher Education to promote and foster actions and projects that aim to build a more understanding and inclusive society in a multicultural and interdependent world.

It develops networks and empowerment structures for young professionals, students, and other young people that will enable them to further develop their capacity and responsibility to envision, create and develop such projects and actions.

During  the EDIW program in Spain, 80 young people from countries in Europe and  America learned about participation through interventions in political changes and practiced on skills to, eventually, act in their local realities by creating a Youth Act.  Ampo represented Chicago, and Karina Crespo, Lizette Leyva and Aida Varela represented Miami.

This has led to forming two groups of EDIW in the US. The one in Miami chose to create some intervention/Resource Center for undocumented students.

The one in Chicago  decided to work with issues of youth homelessness. Thus, on his return from the Madrid experience, Ampo held a meeting with the IGNIS  T.A. youth in Chicago and all decided to learn more about the realities of youth experiencing homelessness. They researched  policies, interviewed nonprofits, and volunteered in the community. And then, Covid19  landed in the US  and the group felt that face masks can protect youth staying in shelters, prisons or living in the streets.

Their plan is now  a reality.  

By Araceli Cantero. 


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A youth capacity building project co-funded by the European Commission and coordinated by  EDIW (Education of an Interdependent World), Youth for Dialogue is Inclusion. It is Participation and Democratic values. It is Peace and Leadership. 

Youth for Dialogue is  embracing  the world …  From Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bolivia,  crossing the Atlantic to Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and south  to the Democratic Republic of Congo,  to the east,  India and the Philippines.  Also joining us came young people from Russia, Poland, and Portugal. 

Youth for Dialogue are people, stories and actions of future youth leaders in an interdependent world. 


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There is always place for somebody else Volunteers´ experience in India

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A group of 9 young people from different parts of Spain left Madrid airport very early on July 18. We had not met each other before so the day we traveled our nerves were in full swing, but the common feeling among all of us was the one of learning, giving the best of ourselves, letting the new reality question us, enjoying an exotic culture, but, above all, living an unique and unforgettable experience.

Our destination? SARPI Project, situated in a small town called Honavar, in the Karnataka region, in southwestern India, and promoted by the Teresian Association.  No doubt that an authentic adventure was awaiting for us there!!

What was our mission in that place? In the morning we used to go to the different projects to collaborate in their activities in the rural schools of the area, with the special education children at the Pedro Poveda Special School, and in the “Balwadi” school with small children under 3 years old.

In the afternoon we used to carry out a multitude of different activities: teaching Spanish, English and painting, learning Kannada, the local language, practising yoga, Indian dancing ... etc.

During the weekend our routine used to change a bit, so we went for shopping to the local market, visited nearby places or lived other interesting experiences such as attending a Hindu wedding.

And why this trip? What can we say after living this thrilling experience? Apart from being a very different one, we were very impressed with everyone's ability to share absolutely everything, from the simplest thing to the deepest feeling.

We have experienced very unique moments and that will undoubtedly remain in our memory forever; some very funny moments and others of deep encounter with culture and community; from playing with the children and seeing their faces full of great happiness or running athletics and observing how the boys will find incredible that a girl could beat them, or having the funniest experience while travelling by local buses where space was so reduced but no one was left out and all the passengers had to place ourselves as if we were pieces of a Tetris!

All of us agreed that learning and living with the people especially teachers and children, have helped us to be more grateful to what we have, even if it is such a simple thing as a hot shower; no doubt that they have taught us how to get the best version of ourselves and we will remember this great valuable lesson forever! They live this with very naturally, and with a smile everything can be done, life is more positive and cheerful if you smile even with difficulties.

Finally, the most used expression by us was: “there is always place for  somebody else", meaning that we will never forget that sharing creates community, strengthens ties and widens the heart and the spirit.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of this great experience!

By:   María Romero Ortíz de Zárate




YOUTH in Dialogue: Immersion Experience and Leadership Seminar, Cochabamba, Bolivia

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Youth for Dialogue is a project of formation for young people, promoted by Education for an Interdependent World (EDIW), a Non Governmental Organization in partnership with the Teresian Association, and sponsored by the European Union, with the objective of being channel of dialogue in different world realities. 

As part of this project, during the first three weeks of August, eight young people  from Spain, Peru, Portugal, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Bolivia, went to Cochabamba and lived together an experience of educational and social immersion.  The Social Projects  “Yachay Tinkuy” and  “Centro de educación Permanente Jaihuayco”  of the Teresian Association welcomed the young people, who worked supporting activities such as educational workshops with children, youth and  teachers from rural and urban schools. They gave computer workshops for the general community and acted  as  support to the Radio Station CEPJA 90.1 FM. 

Inmersion  Boliva4The experience of immersion in Cochabamba coincided with one of the most important festivities in Bolivia, the feast of the Virgin of Urkupiña, called the celebration  of "national integration", one of the main cultural and religious references of the country where the group  fully participated in unison with  the people in this national pilgrimage.

The immersion experience ended with an international seminar on leadership competences where the immersion experience was shared and processed  relating this to  needs of youth in a global world and to the various ways of participation in society .   Participants  from Uruguay,  Guatemala, Chile,  Venezuela and Columbia  also came for the seminar. 

At the end of the seminar, the participants were committed to act  in the realites of each country.  They identified needs , shared reflections, discoveries, perceptions, possibilities and threats that constitute human experience .  They called for dialogue between peoples who live in the neighborhood, in the city,  a dialogue that generates inclusion, intercultural understanding, mutual enrichment and trust.

They felt  that dialogue  is urgently needed among the political parties and reflected on  the different perceptions of the common good and the different strategies to reach it  hoping to  develop a strong democratic base, a better use of resources,  greater transparency and a better  citizenry with the  development of democratic values.

The result of the experience was a commitment to assume jointly the imperative need to promote dialogue between groups and to create relations based on recognizing the dignity and rights  of all people, and the common good.   These young people dream of being promoters of a dialogue of reconciliation, mutual trust and understanding, a dialogue between cultures and regions of the world to put into action strategies of peace.

So, animated with this new beginning, they launched the next part of the project: “Dialogue for Democracy”, with the desire of continuing this journey towards justice  in the world.

By:   Alejandra Cortez (Bolivia)

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