Empowering Young People's Profilansicht: Introduction


Motto:  Re-Shaping Life in our Region

This project supported innovative school-based projects that help young people 

  • in understanding and accepting other cultures through cross-cultural interaction in the Danube Region.
  • in promoting active citizenship through intercultural awareness.
  • in supporting participation in civil society in their home countries, in the Danube region and in Europe.
  • in committing themselves to sustainable development.

Project Duration: 2012 – Mid 2014


The project prefers methods that are based on discovery, because life is an experiment. Learning happens through personal interest and personal experiences, out of inquisitiveness. Our philosophy is to support innovative projects that are founded in trust and mistakes are considered a source of learning.

We believe that the individual projects and partnerships started in the course of this project will live on after the project has ended.


Envisaged outcomes by the end of 2013 are:

  • Four regional school clusters have been established.
  • 32 teachers have gained experience in regional project development.
  • 80 teachers have gained experience in regional project implementation.
  • 400 students have actively participated in four projects in fields relevant for the Danube Region.  
  •  Project results were presented to 1.600 stakeholders in ten countries.
  • The “Danube Region Project Portfolio” – an innovative teachers guide is available to teachers/schools in the Danube Region.



May – October 2012: Participants identified four thematic areas for co-operation. In each of the thematic fields four schools form a “cluster” working on one joint project. In four cluster events the joint project ideas were developed. 

Cluster A - Active Citizenship

“Supporting Vulnerable Groups in Society – Promoting Voluntarism among Students”:

Developing knowledge, skills and attitudes of students to participate as volunteers in their local communities and raising their awareness for the situation of vulnerable groups. 

Participating Schools:
High School Liceul Teoretic "Mihail Sadoveanu" Călărași, Moldova

Mixed vocational school "17th september" Zabljak, Montenegro
“George Cǎlinescu“ High School Constanţa, Romania
High School Centre Pale, Bosnia and Herzegovina

 Cluster B - Cultural Dialogue

“Stories of Everyday Life of Students in Four Countries – an Intercultural Comparison”: Erasing frontiers by knowing our similarities and differences. 

Participating Schools:
Economy and Trade School Bor, Serbia

„Ferdinand-von-Steinbeis“ School Tuttlingen, Germany
Schools of BFI Vienna, Austria
Secondary school #8 of I-III grades Odessa, Ukraine

 Cluster C - Sustainable Development

“Kids Recycle - Awareness Raising Campaigns in Kindergartens for Recycling”: Students raise awareness of children for sustainable development.

Participating Schools:
Biotechnical School Centre Naklo, Slovenia

“Georgi Rakovski” High School of Commerce Varna, Bulgaria
High School of Commerce Geislingen, Germany
Secondary School of Economics Čačak, Serbia

 Cluster D - Social Responsibility and Entrepreneurship

“Together for a Job - Youth Campaign against Youth Unemployment in the Danube Region”: A project to change the mind-sets of young people and to raise public awareness for youth unemployment.

Participating Schools:
Financial – Banking College Chisinau, Moldova

Secondary School of Economics Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Secondary Mixed School "Beco Basic" Plav, Montenegro
Superior School of Commerce "N. Kretzulescu" Bucuresti, Romania


2013 June:                                          
Get together: Presentation of project results

2013 September – December:                
Development of a “Danube Region Project Portfolio” - an innovative teacher’s guide

Mid 2014:
Dissemination of ProjectResults:
Dissemination conference in BiH, presentation of project results to interested stakeholders.

Background / Danube Strategy

Covering a fifth of the EU (100 million inhabitants), the Danube Region is a key to the well-being of the EU as a whole. Many of the region’s challenges know no borders: flooding, transport and energy links, environmental protection and security, education policy and labour market issues all require a united approach.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region concerns mainly 14 countries, eight of which are Member States (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania) and six of which are non-EU countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova). Organisations representing civil society as well as private companies are also involved in the implementation of initiatives and projects and the achievement of precise targets.

In line with the strategic framework ET 2020 and the Strategy EU 2020, education and training are among the cornerstones of the Danube Region Strategy. Priority Area 9 “To Invest in People and Skills” i.a. explores how to improve the quality of education and to foster skills and competences through better lifelong learning opportunities at every level of education and training. Improving the attractiveness and relevance of vocational educational training, increasing the participation in adult learning and providing innovative training opportunities for disadvantaged groups are particular importance in this regard. At the same time, there is a need to enhance creativity and entrepreneurship and to foster empowerment, intercultural dialogue and active citizenship.