For different reasons – Brexit, economic crisis, Europe, right-wing populist governments – Europe is confronted with a wave of europhobism. For many people European Union is the scapegoat for any difficulty and challenge arising from global trend and has to live with constant reproaches of bureaucracy and inefficiency. Young people tend to be a little more positive, as they profit from the mobility activities offered by EU programmes like Erasmus+ and others, enjoy to travel freely and to chose their preferred country of study or work but this cannot be taken for granted.
The project seeks to strengthen young people as potential ambassadors of the European idea by helping them do unmask Europhobic, populist distortions of the image of the European Union. An informal, playful learning offer making use of the motivation power of gamification will foster critical thinking capacities and equip them with the knowledge and skills to counter Europhobic myths with undistorted European realities.
The main project objectives are:
- To foster critical thinking in young people so they can better unmask europhobic myths and misconceptions about the European Union
- To develop positive attitudes towards the European Union and its underlying values
In terms of concrete products MEGA will develop the following outputs:
- A comprehensive research report on widespread europhobic myths and real success stories of the European Union
- Online gamification environment presenting these beliefs and myths and online quizzes leading to accurate facts about the issues concerned
- Train-the-trainer course for youth workers to address Europhobia in an informal, gamified way in youth clubs and other places where young people meet
- A publication promoting and explaining the MEGA approach at combating Europhobia by a strategy combining online gamification and interactive face-to-face interventions in youth groups.
MEGA will be put into practice in a piloting phase involving min. 50 youth workers and 500+ young people.
The project partnership is led by BUPNET Bildung und Projekt Netzwerk GmbH, Göttingen, Germany and consists of partners with complementary experience and skills in the field of informal learning and youth education from Austria, Cyprus, France, Italy and Lithuania.
Project website: https://mega.bupnet.eu/