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Training 'The Fundamentals of a Democratic Society' for leaders of youth organizations.
Start date: Mar 1, 2015, End date: Jul 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The training The Fundamentals of a Democratic Society for leaders of youth organizations addressed the fundamental issues of democracy, in particular, transparency, accountability of governmental institutions, local governance, rule of law, freedom of speech and human rights. The project introduced the participants to Sweden, Swedish institutions and organizations relevant to the aims promoting and executing democratic principles as well as civil society activists and politicians. The training took place in Stockholm and Visby, Sweden - June 1-12 2015. It included 24 youth leaders from different NGOs and informal groups from the following countries: Sweden (Stockholm), Denmark, Belgium, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Belarus and Russia. Each partner delegated 3 representatives. The training's main aims were: to promote European citizenship's values; to improve participants' level of competence and knowledge in the field of democracy; to encourage active citizenship, inter-cultural dialogue, social inclusion and solidarity; to foster improvements in the work of the participating organizations; to enhance further cooperation; to promote mobility and capacity building. The first part of the training took place in Stockholm and focused on the participants and Erasmus+ project presentations, group work, meetings and study visits to the Swedish institutions and organizations. The second part included a training course at the Swedish International Center for Local Democracy (ICLD) in Visby. The course covered the issues of local governments in a multi-level democracy, advantage of decentralization and Good Governance; a short course in change management and strategic planning. Both weeks included networking and social events, informal meetings, cultural activities, museum visits and sightseeing. The participants were encouraged to take notes on their daily reflections and made posts in the created fb group. After completion of the training the participants received ICLD course certificate. At the final summary meeting the participants made a general evaluation of the project according to the developed form/questionnaire, provide their impressions and feedback in the form of open floor discussion. According to the general goal of the project all participants of the training expanded their knowledge in the field of democracy and its fundamental principles; developed new working networks in Sweden that will provide a strategic ground for long-term partnership and cooperation.
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