DAY: Piloting Youth Civic Agendas in Naples
Joint child participation project in Italy creates working groups for high school students and local decision-makers to discuss together issues and needs in their municipalities.
On 7 September the young delegates of the DAY – Democratic Activation of Youth project met the Councilor for Social Policies Mariarca Viscovo, the Councilor for Public Works and Mobility Antonio di Costanzo and 12 other city councilors in the VI Municipality of Naples.
The students involved in the project explained the democratic process that led them, together with their schoolmates, to research the issues included in the first draft of the civic agenda. The agenda is the political document or plan with which the children, 12 for each municipality with inputs from their schoolmates, will work with decision-makers.
The enthusiasm of the young people led to the commitment to create a permanent working table on the issues raised by the young delegates during the meeting. This way children and politicians will be able to work together to discuss solutions to the problems they raised.
The topics voted for the Municipalities in which Eurochild member Fondazione Albero della Vita works are two: the environment (including urban hygiene and civil protection) and education.
DAY is a project funded by the European Commission under CERV, Citizenship, Equality, Rights and Values. It lasts 18 months and will be developed in Municipalities II, IV and VI of the Municipality of Naples by Fondazione Albero della Vita, Eurochild and CIDIS.