Political Activism Focus Area aims to inform young people about the realities of European politics and society and provide them with the tools necessary to become independent citizens able to act.
1. Young Europeans are educated on media literacy on local, regional and international political issues
Media literacy encompasses the practices that allow people to access, critically evaluate, and create or manipulate media. Fake news and lack of information are two reasons why young people do not participate in political issues or do it in an uninformed manner. Easily accessible information is necessary for young Europeans to participate in political issues and engage in informed and active citizenship. It is important to recognize fake news and populist expressions and know how to respond to it.
2. Young Europeans learn about political processes and advocacy by active participation
Knowledge about political processes and advocacy is essential to take an active role in society. “Learning by doing” is a useful technique that can help young Europeans to gather more knowledge of politics. It also increases interest in politics and enhances active participation in society.
3. AEGEEans advocate for the improvement of European integration
Integrated Europe is vital for the well-being of Europeans and the strength of Europe as a whole. Actively discussing and engaging for it is one of the key political issues AEGEE should confront as an organisation. By advocating for integrated Europe, AEGEE wants to bring Europe closer to young people, whose voices should be heard when talking about its future and integration.
4. AEGEEans advocate for freedom of expression
Freedom of expression is a pressing political issue in Europe and one of the stepping stones for discussing, exchanging and freely expressing opinions and views. Advocacy on this topic will raise awareness and support the change.