“The competencies required for a successful decision-making process” was the topic of the whole semester which finished with these meetings, held on March 6, with a total forum of 187 people.
Both events began with a few words of welcome from the EDIW team, represented by Emma Melgarejo for the English-speaking group and Emilia Paniagua for the Spanish-speaking group. With these opening words, the youth groups of the Youth ACT project were recognized for the time, dedication and work that each group has put into the tasks that lie ahead this third semester. “Despite the limitations brought on us by the pandemic, you had the tenacity to continue with the program and reach out to the disadvantaged groups in your communities affected by Covid-19. Hats off to you our young people. We are all looking forward to this day, to appreciate each other’s learnings and to enjoy the sharing that will happen today”, said Emma Melgarejo.
The youth groups then shared their work experiences on the issue of decision-making: some of them, from the analysis of cases and others from their own experience of deciding which minority group they wanted to work with this semester or the next one.
The webinar in English was attended by 5 groups of young people with headquarters in Belgium, Brazil, France, Italy, Portugal and the USA, as well as María Yarosh, representative of the University of Groningen, one of the partners in this project.
The Webinar in Spanish was carried out with the participation of 16 groups of young people from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Spain, Mexico, Peru, the Dominican Republic and Uruguay. The next cloud of words shows some of the topics addressed by the youth groups during the third semester.
Carla Micele and Trinidad Vicente, two (2) professors from the University of Lanús and the University of Deusto, both partners in this project, were also present in the event and gave their feedback to the groups.
After the group presentations, there was a work in groups by cities to make the decision of which question they would ask the other groups. This was followed by a question and answer session for all groups. Next, José Gutiérrez, a European Commission official, had a special intervention: he encouraged young people to keep working on this project and others that the European Commission is promoting.
Both Webinars concluded with the words of Julia González, President of EDIW, who gave warm feedback to the group, ended the third semester and invited the young people to stay motivated for the fourth and final semester of the project.
Magda Alcalá, EDIW.