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FAITH IN EUROPE by Peace Child International
Написал Dmitry Savelau   
Thursday, 15 March 2007

The Project

Over the past three months PCI has been consulting with European youth about the project description, listening and learning from their ideas and suggestions for changes.  To that end, we are excited to let you know that FiE will have a far broader focus than previously imagined. FiE will allow young Europeans to meet and discuss issues surrounding European identity and the European Union, including, but not limited to religious faith, generation gaps, cultural diversity, and the responsibility of youth in shaping Europe in the years to come.

Whereas previously, the project was largely limited to obtaining 1000 questionnaires from each EU country, we have shifted that focus significantly. We realized that in order to have greater access to people and organizations across our European network, the project would have to be largely web based, and while the questionnaires are helpful, we should focus on getting them filled out, along with comments and expanded answers, online. Further, statistical information about opinions, attitudes etc. has already been gathered by Euro-barometer, Euro-stat and other pan-European opinion-polling agencies, and youth are more interested in discussing their attitudes and opinions and having their voices heard.

The overall goal of this project is to raise awareness of the EU institutions and their roles, create greater interest among youth regarding Europe, and have discussions about Europe’s diversity, growth and integration, and common values and also about what kind of Europe young people want to live in. We aim to promote an inter-generational, inter-cultural, inter-faith dialogue among Europeans about our European Identity and the confidence that we have – or do NOT have - in its current institutions. The end result of the project is to draft a constitution that summarizes what youth want from European institutions, which will be part of a booklet written and edited by young Europeans. The book will also contain creative art works to stimulate creative thinking about Europe, and thus we are hoping to receive artwork from all over Europe! The process will be completed by a meeting of young representatives from all EU member states, to discuss the findings, design the book, and organise Europe wide ‘Faith in Europe’ Day in May 2007.

We wish to enhance international involvement and interest in the project by utilizing an online discussion forum. We believe the internet is a very important research tool and, as such, not only can our questionnaires be filled out online, but we are also opening a web based forum where those interested have a space to discuss contentious aspects of the questionnaire, and also any other ideas pertaining to faith and/or the EU. We have achieved this through our invaluable partnership with Taking it Global.

The most important aim of this project is to make participants think. While we investigate the topic of European identity and diversity, cultural and political dynamics, we would also like to enrich our project with the points of view, ideas, and even creative and artistic expressions from people around the world on these topics.

We look forward to working with you!



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