EU-WISE Young Citizens Project
The EU-WISE Young Citizens Project is an Erasmus+ project that has started in December 2020 and will last two years.
Coordinated by the Youth Association from Transylvania, this pan-European project is led together with 4 partner organizations, namely Equo Garantito from Italy, the Polish Fair Trade Association from Poland, Project School from Italy and the Fair Trade Advocacy Office in Belgium.
The main purpose of this project is to build civic and environmental awareness, involve and empower youth and especially young people with less opportunities, in promoting responsible consumption and the overall Sustainable Development Goals. By doing so, greater emphasis will be put on Fair Trade and the Slow Food movement.
The project aims to boost the acquisition of social and civic competences, understanding of values and fundamental rights by young people. To this end, the project will provide them with various opportunities to take part in debates and activities around sustainable consumption issues.
Along this journey, the FTAO will gather good practices on how Civil Society Organisations, local authorities, and other stakeholders can support at their level Youth engagement on sustainable consumption and production.
The FTAO will also play a key role in the uptake and upscale of good practices identified by the project and ensure that EU policymakers are aware of the project and will duly consider its policy recommendations.
The FTAO strives to support the role of young people as active actors of change. Our aim is to find synergies between Fair Trade actors working with young people and give them the needed tools to improve and uptake Youth-led advocacy to a new level.
The EU-Wise report entitled “25 Good Practices – empowering young people in the field of sustainable consumption and Fair Trade” is out! The publication is based on a selection of good practices collected in the respective countries of the EU-WISE project Partners, showing the dynamism and creativity of multiple networks, NGOs, and institutions to attract and inspire young people to become agents of change. The general aim of this publication is to create a common database that will help prepare local pilot actions to empower Youth. You can read the report here.
“How do we make the EU’s trade policies fair?” Students meet MEPs to ask how to make EU trade work for people and planet. “We should make Europe the first Fair Trade continent.” Is this possible? How fair is EU trade anyway? On the 30th of June, a group of students had the chance to quiz four Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in an online discussion on the future of trade in Europe. Read more about it here.
Watch this space to learn about our latest programme called Young Fair Trade Advocates!