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Since the end of July 2020, the Call for Civic Engagement projects of the FORTHEM alliance is open. This is one of the Outreach activities planned by FORTHEM, open to all FORTHEM students and NGO’s of our regions.

The aim of this call is that FORTHEM student teams promote and manage volunteering and education projects for development, solidarity and awareness in collaboration with NGOs or other local associations.

These projects should have a clear European added value by addressing priorities identified at European level according to the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by all UN member states. The 2030 Agenda provides a shared vision of a sustainable future free of hunger, inequality and poverty based on the principles of inclusion, solidarity and active citizenship and we are sure the students have novel and creative ideas to encounter some of these wicked problems.

Volunteering gives students the opportunity to directly contribute to sustainable development enabling them to take charge of their own futures, strengthening social cohesion, solidarity and trust by promoting individual and collective action. It also is a possibility for the students to gain working life skills and finding opportunities to contribute to society.

Volunteering contributes to development through deepening research and sharing knowledge and expertise on volunteering and development topics such as:

  • Migrant integration
  • Inequality reduction in EU nationals
  • Climate change
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions in Europe
  • Reduction of the digital divide
  • Education
  • Global citizenship
  • Human Rights

Projects should be presented by groups of Bachelor, Master and PhD students or student associations. The members of these groups or associations must belong to at least three FORTHEM universities and eventually be endorsed by an NGO (contact with local institutions and NGOs can be provided by the local FORTHEM offices on demand).

Please find a list of student associations available within FORTHEM.

The FORTHEM Alliance supports the winning/awarded projects with 500 € / project, but the team is also allowed to apply for compatible funding from other sources.

Please submit your project proposals by 23.59 CET on 11th October 2020.

Activities shall start on 15th November 2020 and end on 14th May 2021.