My Europe My Say featured during the LifeLong Learning Week 2018
The European Scout Region held an interactive workshop as part of the Lifelong Learning Week to celebrate International Volunteer Day on December 5, 2018 and to highlight the promising work that the My Europe My Say project is currently undertaking.
My Europe, My Say is an initiative led by the European Region of the World Organization of the Scout Movement. It aims at fostering youth political participation in the upcoming European Elections in May 2019 and reinforcing a sense of civic engagement among Scouts and non-Scouts. Read more about it here.
The workshop aimed at showcasing the tremendous role that volunteering plays in building youth’s civic engagement.
Lucie Myslikova, a Scout from the Czech Republic -whose photograph standing up to a neo-Nazi at a rally two years ago was seen by people all over the world- gave a heartfelt testimonial about how Scouting had empowered her to speak up for peace.
Scouting has empowered me to be brave enough and speak up. In May 2016, along with my Scout group, I took part in a non-violent demonstration in my home town Brno, against a neo-Nazi rally. Together we stood firm and chanted that extremism had no place in our society! She said.
Lucie has spent half of her lifetime Scouting. As she continues to forge her personality as a young citizen, she is fully aware of the great values that Scouting has instilled in her:
Scouting teaches you autonomy, resourcefulness and independence. Since Scouting operates through a team system, you quickly learn about group dynamics and ways to work toward a common goal.She said.
Scouting has opened Lucie’s eyes to other key issues that affect our lives, mainly climate change.
Thanks to Scouting, I got to be exposed to a whole range of civic movements that fight for a specific cause. The environmental impact that our generations continues to undergo is one of my biggest battles. I never miss an opportunity to join non-violent climate demonstrations. In my Scout group, we work hard to make our little Scouts pay attention to small things in order to keep our planet safe.She added.
Protecting the environment is one of the key topics on which the #MyEuropeMySay campaign will focus in the upcoming few weeks and months. Other important topics on the agenda include active citizenship, health and well-being among youth, EU in a nutshell and media literacy.
The Lifelong learning Week has become a milestone in the European education agenda. It is held every year in the premises of the European Parliament, and it aims to raise awareness on lifelong learning’s capacity to answer many challenges of modern societies.