EYE 2021 (European Youth Event 2021)
The European Youth Event 2021 (EYE), the European Parliaments’ flagship event for youth, took place on 8 and 9 October. Thousands of young people gathered from all over Europe to shape and share their ideas on the future of Europe.
ENGSO Youth took active part of the EYE2021, by bringing a group of enthusiastic young people to join in the different debates, and by offering an activity “Step in for Inclusion”.
Our activity “Step in for Inclusion” was held in the morning of the 9th of October, gathering more than 20 participants from all across Europe. The workshop discussed the need to increase participation of young people with disabilities as a way to improve their physical and mental wellbeing as well as to favor a process of social inclusion which benefits the entire society.
Within the workshop we shared how we can use sport as a tool to meaningfully engage and empower young people with different abilities, but besides that we exchanged ideas and potential activities that we can all do on individual or organizational level to be more inclusive.
Besides our activity that was offered, our group actively engaged and participated in the different debates and activities that were offered by the different partners of the EYE2021. From the “Olympic games in Europe – Sustainable ambitions”, to the “How Youth Participation can change the Conference on the Future of Europe”, from the sport and leisure activities to stepping in the shoes of an MEP, we tried to use every chance to network, learn and share our visions for a better Europe.
European Youth Event through the eyes of a participant - reflection by Aladdin Rifai
I wanted to join the event as part of ENGSO youth team for simple reasons. First and foremost, I am one of ENGSO youth family members, and I am always ready to support them in whatever way I can. I am so passionate about it, especially the topic we were going to talk about, "Inclusion through sport" as I have already been involved in-depth with this topic and its implementations, through several projects and activities, and also through the project, I was working on last September. Also, a youth event is always a great place to meet and socialize with European youth from different perspectives and backgrounds, to discuss different social manners and best practices, I always enjoy it. In addition to all this, the program itself was very promising and interesting, I looked really forward to it.
When we got there, it was even better than expected, with so many ongoing parallel events, lots of young people, and very exciting vibes. Sports activities, panels, discussions, networking, and workshops, I wanted to attend everything if I could, but time was short and we had to choose. I definitely enjoyed all the session I attended, and especially the open-air live library, talking to people of different backgrounds, and very interesting stories.
Our workshop that we conducted as ENGSO youth was also a success and let us show the participants all the best practices that we have learned back in Lisbon in the "Step in for Inclusion Activity". It was a great event, and I will be looking forward to the next year's version of it.