9.4 Raising awareness about global issues
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"Back to school"
In 2007, the "Back to School" campaign was started in Germany, which at that time hold the Presidency at the Council of the European Union. The campaign was successful. ln 2008 it was implemented in Latvia for the first time. The campaign is organised by the European Commission Representation in Latvia in cooperation with the youth organisation ”Club House”. Every year European affairs experts, representatives of governmental institutions, local governments and NGOs visit schools to share their knowledge on the EU and current issues. In 2019, 121 experts from 62 institutions visited 120 different educational institutions. The campaign reached out to 7000 young people.
What is the European Club?
The European Club is a non-formal programme implemented in schools. Within the framework of the European Clubs, young people organise different activities and events aimed at exploring Europe. The clubs aim to improve knowledge on issues of the European Union or the Council of Europe, as well as the geography, culture, history and economy of different European countries.
By participating in the activities of the European Club young people acquire practical skills in project management and teamwork as well as improve communication skills and knowledge of foreign languages.
There are more than 14 European Clubs in different regions of Latvia. Since 2010 the project is coordinated by the organisation “Club House”.
European Parliament Ambassador School Programme
Since 2005, the European Parliament Office in Latvia offers an opportunity for young people and schools to participate in the international European Parliament Ambassador School Programme. The Programme is a network of schools across the EU raising awareness of European parliamentary democracy and European citizenship values. The aim of the programme is to increase awareness about Europe, democracy and political choice among young people across the EU. There are more than 70 schools involved in this programme in Latvia.
The Eurodesk regional coordinators and information points operate in different regions of Latvia to provide information about the programmes “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” and “European Solidarity corps” as well European mobility opportunities the programmes provide. Eurodesk Latvia is coordinated by the Agency for International Programs for Youth, which is the National Agency of the “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” Programme. To disseminate information a Eurodesk Latvia Facebook page was created.
Eurodesk Information Points
Eurodesk information points are organisations (at national, municipal or NGO level) that disseminate information and organise various informative events about the programmes “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” and “European Solidarity Corps”, Eurodesk and the European Youth Portal. Organisations have the opportunity to receive agency handouts and presentation materials, participate in training courses, and receive news from the agency. In 2021, 24 regional information points operated in Latvia.
Eurodesk Regional Coordinators
The Eurodesk regional coordinators are organisations (at national, municipal or NGO level) that also disseminate information and organise various informative events on the programmes “Erasmus+: Youth in Action” and “European Solidarity Corps”, Eurodesk and the European Youth Portal. The regional coordinators are identified as a result of procurements that are announced at the beginning of each year. Organisations have the opportunity to receive funding for the implementation of activities in the region, receive the agency's handouts, representation materials, participate in training, receive news from the agency. In 2021, there were five regional coordinators in Latvia.
In 2020, to raise awareness about youth opportunities in the EU, Eurodesk together with Regional coordinators and Information Points organised and/or contributed to 175 pieces of training or events with 11600 participants. Eurodesk also took part in one of the biggest festivals for young people “ZZ Festival” and the national conversation festival “Lampa”. During the “Time to Move” campaign in October, there were 19 events organised by Eurodesk. In 2021 during the European Youth Week, 19 events for young people were organised. Eurodesk also promoted both EU initiative “Discover EU” calls.