Local Youth Parliament Session #2 >> Learning from the past <<
The second local youth parliament session took place 17 April 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. As a topic of this session we have chosen learning from the past (how to learn from our history and how to use critical thinking). The topic has been chosen because of our experience and feedback from different project concerning the active citizenship or EU topic. One of the issues of the youngsters is the quality of information (mainly online) and connected topic – critical thinking. The other problem is lacking of modern history classes at school. The most important parts of our modern history are unfortunately missing. The youth parliament session has been organised in cooperation with student project Stuzak.
At the begging we have introduced the organisations – Change it and Stuzak, then we have been speaking about the project Clicking with voters, its activities, aims and ways how to be more engaged. We didn't forget to mention the importance of voting and we talked also about the campaign #thistimeimvoting.
Then, we have started with the activity. What is the goal?
The aim of the workshop is to outline and explain to the youngsters the historical-political context, which is the cause of a historical event, and which is often connected not only with the political situation, but can also reflect cultural and social development. At the same time, the aim of the workshop is to bring youngsters to critical thinking and independent understanding of the links between individual events.
For this purpose, youngsters will be divided into groups, each assigned to the causes that the group will try to argue in the first half as the most essential for the historical event. This argumentation will be preceded by space to find the needed information about the event as well as about the cause itself using information technology and the Internet.
Youngsters will also practice their reasoning and logic skills based on finding the necessary information about the event and the causes. In the next phase, it will be up to the youngsters and their discussion to evaluate the influence of other causes from other groups and either support or reject them in the interest of other, according to the youngsters, more important causes.
At the end, we discussed fake news, media literacy, digital competencies and how media and disinformation are influencing political "fights" and campaigning.
The youth parliament session was attended by 29 youngsters and 3 organisators (including volunteers).