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Start date: Aug 1, 2011,

Active Citizenship through participation? Societies are based on its citizens. If we want to build a Europe that citizens can relate to, we need to think of creating a culture of participation. Europe starts with the people in the local communities. Therefore active participation of young people in our societies is first of all an learning process where equality of opportunities has to be ensured, mutual understanding among young people promoted, intercultural learning and active citizenship should be cornerstones. Nevertheless there is a lack of concrete material, methodical hints and practical guidance. Taking this into consideration the project is aimed to bring together 30 trainers, youth workers and interested young people from programme countries and neighbouring partner countries to discuss the meaning of youth participation and volunteering in order to give new impulses for European Citizenship Education, to share possible ways to break the issue down for the practice in international youth work and to come up with creative ideas and support for practitioners in the international youth field. Therefore the project will support the participants to explore the opportunities of the YiA programme for the international work with young people, to establish new contacts and create stable partnerships among organisations and to create new youth projects. To reach the aim and objectives the TC will include different main learning units and working modules. The activities will be based on the principles and practise of non formal education taking into account the needs, motivations and previous experiences of the participants. The methods are aimed to raise knowledge and challenge the discussion on the topic of European Citizenship, participation and volunteering of young people. The TC will take place in Ključ, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 12th - 21st of August 2011.

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