160 young people from 14 countries of América and Europe, participated in two webinars as the closing activity of the third semester of the current project of EDIW, Youth ACT.
This Project is being carried out by EDIW with universities and associations in Europe and America. “The competencies required for a successful decision-making process” was the topic of the whole semester finished with the two webinars, held on March 6, with 187 participants.
Both events began with words of welcome from the EDIW team represented by Emma Melgarejo for the English-speaking group and Emilia Paniagua for the Spanish-speaking group. With these opening words, the youth groups of the Youth ACT project were recognized for the time, dedication, and work that each group has put into the tasks that lie ahead this third semester. “Despite the limitations brought on us by the pandemic, you had the tenacity to continue with the program and reach out to the disadvantaged groups in your communities affected by Covid-19. Hats off to you our young people. We are all looking forward to this day, to appreciate each other’s learnings and to enjoy the sharing that will happen today,” said Emma.
The groups then shared their work experiences on the issue of decision-making, some from the analysis of cases and others from their own experience of deciding which minority group they wanted to work with this semester or the next one. The webinar in English was attended by five groups of young people with headquarters in Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal, and the USA, and María Yarosh, from the University of Groningen, a partner in this project. The Webinar in Spanish was carried out with the participation of 16 groups of young people from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic, and Uruguay. The next cloud of words shows some of the topics addressed by the groups during the third semester.
Carla Micele and Trinidad Vicente, two professors from the University of Lanús and the University of Deusto respectively, both partners in this project, were also present at the event and gave their feedback to the groups.
After the group presentations, there was a work in groups by cities to make the decision of which question they would ask the other groups. This was followed by a question and answer session for all groups. José Gutiérrez, a European Commission official, had a special intervention encouraging the young people to keep working on this project as well as on others that the European Commission is promoting.
The words of Julia González, President of EDIW, who gave warm feedback to the group, concluded the webinars and ended the third semester inviting the young people to stay motivated for the fourth and final semester of the project.