Citizenship Award 2019

On Wednesday 20 November 2019, the P&V Foundation gave out its 15th Citizenship Award to Geert Mak and Virginie Nguyen. The Citizenship Award is an annual award conferred to a person, initiative or organisation, of Belgian or international origin, whose activity has shown exemplary commitment to promoting an open, democratic, tolerant society.

This year, the jury has chosen to reward  two laureates who project in an accessible way, through testimonies and portraits of ordinary people, a broader story and vision of society. And they do it perfectly, each in their own way: one through the image and the other through the words.

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Connecting you(th). A call for articles on overcoming divisions in society

The Foundation P&V is launching a far-reaching operation: Connected you(th). Overcoming divisions in society.

Today's society appears to be divided in two groups (of young people) living side by side. These groups seem to crystallize around education. People with a low level of education and people with a high level of education do not meet often. They do not live in the same neighbourhoods, they do not attend the same sports clubs, schools or (digital) spaces, nor do they meet at church or in the army.

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On 8 May 2019, the P&V Foundation organised a conference at 10 am in Brussels to conclude its extensive research and action programme on collective action of young people.

In the morning, several inspiring speakers shared their practical experiences with the audience. In the afternoon, the eight laureates of our call to projects and several partner organisations presented their results in various workshops. After an intermezzo of The Troubadours and the possibility to visit the Next Generation, Please! exhibition in Bozar, a debate on the revitalisation of collective action among young people took place.

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