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Promoting the need for change through OPIN
- 30. April 2020
- Posted by: Ingrida Jotkaite
- Category: News
“Climate Changes. Truth doesn’t” – the theme adopted by ERYICA and member organisations to celebrate European Youth Information Day 2020. Youth information centres which are member organisations of ERYICA were encouraged to develop different strategies to support the campaign which enables young people to reach reliable information whilst creating consciousness and awareness related to climate change.
As a result, youth information officers within Agenzija Zghazagh opted to use the e-participation platform OPIN. Recognised as a resourceful tool to involve the young people in the process of attaining first-hand information from the young participants, allow them to participate in decision making by highlighting which information is meant to be provided to young people and bring forward their valuable opinions, all being relevant to climate change.
Agenzija Zghazagh is involved in the Erasmus+ KA2 project which aims to develop e-learning materials, create an OPIN community and redesign the OPIN platform. It was quite easier for the youth information officers to rely on their strategies through OPIN, also support the aims and objectives of OPIN. In order to be able to embrace the working method of OPIN, the youth information officers were given training regarding the operation of this tool whilst also having the opportunity to participate in mock projects. OPIN has allowed the work of youth information officers to fall into place easily and implement the social distancing we are required to take on due to the spread of COVID-19 and still reach their target audience.
OPIN has proved to be the ideal tool to engage and involve young people during the campaign “Climate changes. Truth doesn’t”. Every week young people are encouraged to present their votes and share their comments relevant to local shopping, travelling and food waste. Following the termination of these online polls, youth information officers will take up the information and views brought forward by the young participants and develop infographics which are intended to be presented to policymakers and be of reliable reference to implement changes and develop other youth-oriented campaigns that provide the required information by young people.
Artilce prepare by Simon Schembri from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ