Be The Change: What’s the SDGs impact on young people ?
The closing event of the EU project “Be The Change” took place on 23 February in a hybrid format, online and in person, hosted by the “Celimontano” RUI Hall of Residence in Rome.
Organised in collaboration with the students association AIESEC, the event opened an interesting discussion on the future of the leadership of young people in relations with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
After an introduction of the President of EucA Gian Luca Giovannucci, focused on the essential role of education in facing young people's challenges, and in particular on the holistic approach of residential life, Arianna Villano and Gioia Stefanetti from AIESEC spoke on the role of the association in leadership development.
According to them international volunteering experiences are the keys to challenge the future for young people.
Particularly inspiring and intense, the intervention of the keynote speaker Federico Eichberg, Director of italian’s Ministry of Economic Development and Member of the Italian G20 Presidency.
“The hope for the generations of the future is a more active participation on global issues” he said, explaining the considerable work that Italy as a country is doing to deal with the SDGs’ Agenda. In his speech he highlted that every action taken loses importance and power without active citizens' initiative.
The event closed with a Q&A session, involving an enthusiastic public, of more than 140 participants between the online and in person attendants.
After one year the Erasmus+ project “Be The Change” closes its activities leaving a strong message: new initiatives of environmental and social impact designed and led by young people have a crucial importance.
Only the improvement in soft skills of the young generations can empower and enable people to better adapt to their environments and to work well with others.