Current agenda, sense of humanity

(Cristina Imaz)

As soon as we arrived, we were asked to think about the challenges the world faces nowadays. We were divided in groups in order to discuss about the different topics of R&W such as migration, intercultural dialogue, youth unemployment, dropouts or the scarce youth participation.

We talked about the lack of intercultural dialogue that has led migration to be the second to none in the current world’s agenda. Throughout history, migration has always led the world’s changes. It has disintegrated peoples, but brought us to the sense of humanity we now have.

Each of us had experienced these issues before somehow and we agreed that intercultural dialogue gives rise to creating empathy and bonds through the sharing of ideas, emotions and thoughts. We all came to the conclusion that once we know the other’s culture, we are no longer intolerant. For that reason, youth can tackle ignorance and indifference by raising awareness and getting engaged to increase society’s comfort zone.

In short, we live in a globalized world where nations, NGOs, companies and individuals need to carry out cooperative solutions in order to cope with these issues.

In the morning of the next day, we went to the Parlamentarium, the European Parliament’s Visitors’ Centre, where we got to know how the European Union works and how it was created. While we were looking at European history, we could perceive that some of the current problems, such as racism or migration, had already been dealt with in the past.  Moreover, we, as EU citizens, got the chance to address our suggestions for a change to the parliamentarians, which means, or at least seems to mean, they take into account their people’s opinions.

Hopefully we will eventually achieve our objectives and the world will be more inclusive. Nevertheless, we have to make that happen!