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Keep on Learning, Planning and Organising the Forum

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“The only progress that knowledge allows is in enabling us to describe more and more in detail the world we see and its evolution. What matters in a world-view is to grasp the meaning and purpose of everything, and that we cannot do .” Albert Schweitzer

Use the Activity Track and the Event Planner to keep updating and monitoring the progress of the Forum’s organisation.

Participants team

There are many ways to take action. It could be organising an awareness raising dinner with your friends, signing a petition, writing a letter, wearing a message on your t-shirt, using social media to spread the word

What to keep into consideration when planning an action:

  • Know who you’re trying to convince.
  • Know what you’re asking them to do.
  • Decide what will persuade them to listen.
  • Try to raise awareness to as many people as possible
  • Decide whether to use the media (newspapers, magazines).
  • Promote what you’re doing.
  • Take evidence of the action (pictures, video, blogs).
  • Know who is doing what in your team.

Here are some examples of actions done by few organisations; they can be used in different situations and applied to different issues. It is up to you to choose the ones you consider suitable for you or the situation. However, remember to be creative, think about other initiatives or some organisation you can support. You can join already existing interesting campaigns fighting for the issues you consider important, so you can add your voice!

Your actions can have personal, local, national or international dimension. You can start with local actions, develop your skills, become familiar with an issue and then connect nationally and internationally.

EVERY PARTICIPATING SCHOOL SHOULD BRING 2 ACTION PROPOSALS TO BE DISCUSSED DURING THE FORUM.

Examples of actions

GENDER EQUALITY
Use your voice

Every day, in the world thousands of girls and women are victims of gender-based violence and many of them are killed by their partners. In 2016, after rape and killing of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez, thousands of Argentinian women marched against gender-based violence and asked Government to take action and protect women. This is how worldwide movement Ni Una Menos was created. Organise your own march or participate in women’s marches in your country to make your voice heard.

Use your skills – volunteer

If you think that supporting those who have been forced to flee their own countries is something you can contribute to, think about volunteering for an organisation that offers projects for migrants and asylum seekers.

You could help out in a number of ways:

  • Getting in touch with pink phones and disseminating information about the service they provide to support victims of gender-based violence;
  • Contacting local hospitals and invited them for a workshop on sexual and reproductive health;
  • Undertake a research or invite a guest to speak about women economic inequalities at local, national and international level (salary gap, gender roles in the labour market…)
  • Interview a representative of your local municipality to find out which are the main challenges preventing women from political participation.

PEOPLE FORCED TO FLEE
Use your voice

Every day people from Africa are trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to get to Europe. European Union countries decided to take in 40,000 asylum seekers who flee to Italy and Greece. You can control what your government does about that promise and how they actually help those in need. You can use your voice to influence the decision-makers to do the right thing. If it is too difficult to reach them personally, you can get other people involved and organise a stunt to attract attention and raise awareness for your campaign. Think about whom you want to reach: passers-by are great, but what about the local media? Think widely to have as much impact for your project as possible.

Use your skills – volunteer

If you think that supporting those who have been forced to flee their own countries is something you can contribute to, think about volunteering for an organisation that offers projects for migrants and asylum seekers.

You could help out in a number of ways:

  • Offering non-formal learning and play for children in a family reception centre;
  • Mentoring migrants, asylum seekers and refugees to help with integration and accessing public services;
  • Teaching English to migrants;
  • Volunteering at a children’s summer camp with migrant children;
  • Awareness-raising activities through photography and visual arts -- working with kids in open centres and also assisting with other activities outside of that;
  • Linguistic assistance.

Check the blog and be inspired by the actions done in UK, Lithuania, Cyprus, Poland and Italy in 2017!