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Let's perform it with socrates - training for democratic citizenship
Start date: Jan 1, 2011,

In regards to experience of project partners in youth work, we notices in last few years in both EU and SEE that young people can be active and make sustainable changes mainly if they are part of some public institutions or a political party. The problem is that this forms are active citizenship are not interesting for young people and as a result, fewer and fewer people are taking part in elections or joining political parties, trades unions and even NGOs. At the same time small independent initiative of young people, which means unrestrained activism, is rarely stimulated by the state and the local community.Concerning the above mentioned problem we developed a training course with the aim to examine what are challenges of democracy in life of youth in Europe today and how young people could foster critical opinion and act to present their opinion about social phenomenon in their countries. Important part of the project is training for using performance as a way of expressing that critical opinion and addressing important issues for young people. We think that young people have lot to say, and that performance, as contemporary form of expressing, gives a possibility for more freely way of communication with surrounding.This training will offer youth workers and young artist from 8 EU and SEE countries (Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Ireland and FYROM) who work with youth the skills on how to use the performances as the tool for work with young people and the way on how youth organizations can address important social subjects through Active citizenship. The participants would be trained to use the performances in big events, in the street, in a subway and in any place where bug number of young people are present. That way, performances become an important tool for advocacy and awareness raising and showing critical opinion of young people.At the end of the training, participants will develop and implement a Performance in Serbia that will be their own critical message about position of democracy in their countries.

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