The environment in which the project takes place allows the participant to get in touch with a diverse range of political and cultural backgrounds, both in the national sessions and, above all, in the international ones. By following this path, students have the chance to understand the foundational values of diversity, pluralism, active tolerance and respect towards the other. These activities also educate young people to active citizenship and promote the development of the person in the social context.
Studying the building process of the European Union is an effective way to foster our historical memory, giving the chance to discuss topics intimately related to World War II and the Post-War period. Through these activities, participants raise deep awareness on the meaning of peace and European identity, developing an ever-increasing sense of belonging to the European Union and active participation in its development.
The studying process that precedes a Session strengthens the knowledge of extremely contemporary social, cultural, historical and economic topics; while the activities organized during the sessions consolidate logical and critical skills.
Moreover, these meetings are an extraordinary experience to build long-lasting friendships: young people need this emotional involvement in order to deeply come in touch with their inner self and to open up towards the other.
The Committee Meetings held during the sessions are completely coordinated by young people called “chairs”. By organizing and overseeing the Committees and the General Assembly, they develop a sense of accountability and commitment towards their work.
This first-hand experience is particularly important for the professional future of young people. Many of them, in fact, may choose a university curriculum focused on law studies or political and diplomatic relationships. The MEP Sessions hence become a strong tool to help the students to understand whether a particular profession is coherent with their interests and personality.
The project strengthens the EU key competences: a) communication in the mother language and in foreign ones, b) learning how to learn, c) social and civic skills.