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Eye-witnessing Community Life
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Mar 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"Eye-witnessing community life" is a 10 months European Voluntary Service for two volunteers from the UK which will start on 1 November 2016 and finish on 31 August 2017 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Particular objectives of the EVS project are: - To introduce the citizen journalism as relevant tool of promoting active citizenship and involvement of young people with fewer opportunities- To provide the young volunteers with competencies in creating media contents as citizen journalists, telling the stories of people from various communities-To promote the learning opportunities young people have connected to the international educational activities, volunteering, but also other ways of learning and self development- To turn the attention of the young people to the issues, which are not discussed in mass media: environment, gender equality, minorities, educational opportunities, discrimination, disability and others. - To develop the redaction of REC Magazine and build a strong team of regular contributors including international volunteers and local youngsters.- To bring together young people from different backgrounds and to give them a chance to become citizen journalists by educating them in basic principles of creating articles, taking photos, videos, audios through small workshops."Eye-witnessing community life" is based on working on an on-line REC Magazine ( based on the work of non-professional young citizen journalists. Citizen journalism connects the opportunity to develop young people's media and storytelling competencies. At the same time it gives them a chance to look to their surroundings through a new perspective - through a lens of camera, audio recorder or article and to introduce their stories to the others, bringing the attention to marginalized or hidden topics. The REC Magazine is a relatively a new local activity of Youth Association DRONI that gives space to all young people in Georgia to become authors, develop their competencies as citizen journalists, share what they are interested in and gain self-confidence by sharing their stories publicly. REC Magazine is fully participative bilingual (Georgian-English) project and gives the young people an opportunity to contribute to the entire concept of REC, including deciding about the content that will be published. The aim of the EVS is to raise media literacy of young people through their active participation as non-professionals journalists.
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