Europe for Citizens – Network of Towns
“PUnCH: Participation of UNderrepresented citizens for the valorization of the Cultural Heritage” is a Network of 16 partners (4 Association of Municipalities, 5 Municipalities and 7 Civil Society Organizations) form 11 EU Countries + Fyrom and Serbia. Its main aim is to give disadvantaged young citizens and underrepresented groups the opportunity to intervene in the debate on the Future of Europe in general and the EU policies about the valorization of the Cultural Heritage in particular. This will be possible thanks to exchange of best practices among the project partners on how a proper valorization of the Cultural heritage could be helpful in fighting against social exclusion and the training of 16 youth workers/policy makers and local administrators on how to organize the 5 Local Activities (in each country) concerning partcipation in the EU decision making process, in order to have a say in EU.
The 6 International Meetings, with a total of 450 direct participants, will be held in Unesco sites, European Capitals of Culture, phisical historical buildings renovated and re-used for social inclusion of disadvantaged youth. Moreover, some of the meetings are planned in occasion of important cultural local events (such as the Cerveira Art Biennial and the UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage of the “Mare de Deu festivity” in Algemesí). This choice, together with the communication strategy adopted (Social Media Strategy, E-Learning platform and materials produced) and the Local Activities comes from the need to assure to PUnCH the widest impact possible and it will permit to involve more than 40.000 indirect participants.
The expected outcomes can be measured also in terms of: Recommendations addressed to the relevant EU Institution concerning EU Pillar of Social Rights and proposals for the valorization of the Cultural Heritage for social inclusion, coming from disadvantaged youth and underrepresented groups from 13 countries.