The EducAction project

Citizen participation
Good Governance and Citizen Participation


European Commission-Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)


Upper secondary schools, Local communities, Public authorities

Objective of the project

We strive to promote participation of young people in decision making processes that affect their school, community and future opportunities.

Abstract of the project

The project aims to strengthen the role that schools and communities play in promoting youth participation and civic education. It provides students, teachers and families an educational pathway to acquire competencies and develop bottom-up proposals in order to improve services, spaces and goods they need. Moreover, the project implements dissemination, networking and advocacy actions at the local, national and international level through offline and online activities.

Context analysis

Evidence shows that young people, particularly those that come from socio-economic vulnerable areas, often feel disenfranchised and disillusioned with governing structures incapable of providing them with the opportunities and support they need. This has led to an increasing youth disengagement in formal or informal decision making processes that have an impact on their lives and the communities where they live. The school can play a key role in promoting youth civic engagement for example through the provision of citizenship education. Moreover, families, communities and institutions are central to the development of the youth and for encouraging further youth civic engagement but often they are not prepared to do so. 

Milano, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy

Thessaloniki, Greece

Faro, Portugal

Ghent, Belgium

The project is implemented in 4 European countries: Italy (Milan), Belgium (Ghent), Greece (Thessaloniki) and Portugal (Faro).

Implementation Period

15/01/2020 - 30/04/2022



  • 160 students
  • 12 teachers
  • 32 parents
  • 8 national authorities 


  • 3000 students
  • 100 teachers
  • 300 parents 
  • 10 media and national institutions

Project Strategy


  • School labs
  • Community labs
  • Dissemination activities 


  • Students, teachers and parents take part in training sessions 
  • 1 Solution Prototype is developed and tested in each target area 
  • 1 European Hackathon is implemented 
  • 1 European civic manifesto is elaborated 



  • Students feel they can contribute more in the decision making processes in their communities 
  • Students have acquired more competencies in civic engagement



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