Today we are facing a high level of unemployment among young people and an increasing amount of NEET’s in Portugal and Europe. With the southern countries leading the numbers on the amount of NEET’s, it is urgent to solve this critical problem with a critical approach. What are this NEET’s doing, what are their occupations, their hobbies and how are they involved in their localcommunities?
According to Eurostat we have a percentage of youth unemployment of 48.9% in Greece, 30% in Portugal, 48.3% in Spain, 21.7% in Romania and 13.1% in Estonia. This indicates the range of the problem and how young people seems to be struggling to be included in their communities.
The UN considers partnerships for the goals to be one of the objectives for sustainable development, stating that “A successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society. These inclusivepartnerships built upon principles and values, a shared vision, and shared goals that place people and the planet at the centre, are needed at the global, regional, national and local level.” To create this partnerships, it is essential to create the right channels ofcommunication between young people, institutions, organizations and the population.
The UN and Europe are intending to tacklethis goals and are aware of the following facts:
- The number of Internet users in Africa almost doubled in the past four years
- 30 per cent of the world’s youth are digital natives, active online for at least five years
- But more four billion people do not use the Internet, and 90 per cent of them are from the developing world
How can we create a common language of comprehension and enhancement of critical thinking ?
To face this challenges, this project aims to develop communication and increase community involvement and critical thinking in low density urban areas, enhancing and capacitating youth workers, young people and the community itself, creating balance and avoiding the clear disadvantages of low density urban areas around the world.
Thus, the objectives are:
- The development of youngsters’ critical thinking within low density urban areas.
- The creation of an efficient communication for youngsters and tutors within rural areas.
- The improvement of youngster’s involvement on local rural communities.
- Raise of a young entrepreneurship and a sense of glocal belonging.
- Share of good practices within rural areas and the creation of a bridge between areas with the same characteristics.
- Use of non-formal methods of education as a way to improve critical thinking, and to avoid the growth of NEET’s especially on lowdensity urban areas.
- Raise of Intercultural and intergenerational awareness.
- Use of social media and ICT apps as a tool for social and community development.
- Enhance the skills of young people to promote and develop entrepreneurship in low density urban areas.
- Create awareness and interest on youth policies.
- Integration of refugees and other disadvantaged youngsters in local rural areas.
Moreover this project contributes to the Europe 2020 strategy (75% of the 20-64 years old to be employed); the goals for sustainable development and the overall objectives for European cooperation in Youth Field.
The project is targeting disadvantaged youth and Neet’s, especially those who live in low density urban areas and creates a relevant channel of communication between people, enhancing the community integration, confidence, critical thinking and comprehension of youth policies among young people.
Comm.comm is a bridge of understanding and communication in low density urban areas.
A tool for sustainable human development and understanding throughout europe and the world.