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The “European Youth Assemblies” school-sessions aim to promote the enriching of the schools and personal curricula, allowing students to develop transversal skills in a wide range of nowadays political and social issues, attaining goals traditional educational forms cannot fully reach.

This year’s third European Youth Assembly (EYA) session was held from 4-7th May 2017, counting with the participation of all Portuguese Jesuit schools – Instituto Nun’Alvres (organizing school, Caldas de Saúde), Colégio de S. João de Brito (Lisbon) and Colégio da Imaculada Conceição (Cernache-Coimbra). EYA’s sessions have been solidly organized by INA due to the committed participation of students to this project.

During these four days, all participants, divided into committees, discussed the challenges that the European Union is now facing in all its dimensions – political and social. Problems as the environmental sustainability with the use of nuclear energy, the rise of far right parties, and the rights of transgender minorities were all issues raised during General Assembly, having all committees proposed solutions through the writing and proper debate of motions to resolve the problems in debate.

But not all was confined to hard work; this was balanced with entertaining moments, at the end of each the day, such as EYA’s GOT TALENT, where participants had the chance to share their talents with others, or the Theme Party, in which participants were invited to dress themselves according to a decade from the 20th century. All being said, EYA’s growing success proves that the youth have a stronger voice and a growing awareness of what surrounds them, being fully and actively committed to their role in shaping our political society. Through this project, organized by students for students, our youngsters are building a more tolerant and contentious society concerning the 21st century’s cultural pluralism.

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