European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships (EuropeAid HQ)

Improving Political Participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus Region

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Locations: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Start Date: Nov 1, 2009
End Date: Apr 30, 2013
Contract value: EUR 1,470,000
Sectors: Civil Society & NGOs, Democratization, Training, Y ... See more Civil Society & NGOs, Democratization, Training, Youth
Categories: Grants
Date posted: Nov 5, 2012

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Description

Strengthening the role of civil society in promoting human rights and democratic reform  in supporting the peaceful conciliation of group interests and in consolidating political participation and representation -Transnational and regional actions:

Democracy Starts with You! – Improving Political Participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus Region.

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Project details:

The overall objective to which the action contribute is the development and consolidation of democracy in the SC Region. The specific objective is to establish a mechanism for the continuous promotion of the political participation of young people from rural and minority areas in AM, AZ and GE in civil society and political activities in their respective countries. The duration of the action was 42 months.

Results of the action:

  • A regional SC Association of Teachers for Political Education - is established. A permanent regional exchange on methodology and content of political education takes place;
  • The importance of political representation and participation for democracy is understood by teachers and pupils and thus lead to an improved participation of young people from these areas in civil society and political life;
  • Improved quality of teaching political education in rural and minority populated areas is compensating the shortcomings of the other actors of democratic political socialization;
  • The strengthening of youth wing members’ positive assessment of political opponents as important parts of the political decision making process contributes to a better functioning of democratic discourse between competing political groups in the different countries and between political forces and decision makers within the SC Region.

The outputs in the project are:

  1. A training curriculum (3-years) for qualifying teachers of public schools in political education;
  2. A work-book for teachers on the methodology and content of political education in schools;
  3. A curriculum for a three-stage-simulation on peaceful reconciliation of group interests, political representation and participation for last-grade school-pupils in AM, AZ and GE;
  4. An association “Teachers from the South Caucasus for Political Education” founded;
  5. 5.400 secondary school-pupils trained on their role as citizens in processes of political representation and participation;
  6. 225 party youth wing activists trained on their role as future political representatives;
  7. An interactive website focusing on the exchange of experiences between the participating teachers from AM, AZ, GE; The website will comprise a knowledge-portal.
  8. The curriculum on the methodology and content of modern political education integrated in the curricula of Universities with a Master on Education;
  9. The curriculum on the three-stage-simulation integrated in the curricula of the 60 schools

The project was implemented in cooperation with: Eduardo Frei Stichting, Baku School of Political Studies, Jerevan School of Political Studies, Tbilisi School of Political Studies

Activities:

  1. Development of Curricula: (a) Drafting of a three-year curriculum for an intensive qualification program for teachers including 1 workshop and 1 seminar on the methodology of political education and 2 content oriented seminars on political education with special focus on political representation and participation; (b) Drafting of a curriculum which shall acquaint young members of SC political parties with party democracy standards; (c) Drafting of a curriculum for a three-stage-simulation (local/regional/EU-level) on peaceful reconciliation of group interests and political representation and participation for school-pupils of the last-grade;
  2. Development and Publication of a Workbook
  3. Establishment and Servicing of a Website
  4. Selection of Schools and Preparation of Activities Qualification of Teachers
  5. Establishment and Management of a Association “Teachers from the South Caucasus for Political Education”
  6. Training of Party Youth Wing Members
  7. 60 School-based simulations of political decision making per year
  8. South Caucasus Youth Parliament
  9. Study Visits to Brussels
  10. Final Conference

 

Reference — Improving Political Participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus Region — for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia presented by European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships (EuropeAid HQ) (grants), budget is EUR 1470000, in Civil Society & NGOs, Democratization, Training, Youth sectors. Reference — Improving Political Participation of young people from minority and rural areas in the South Caucasus Region — for Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia presented by European Commission Directorate-General for International Partnerships (EuropeAid HQ) (grants), budget is EUR 1470000, in Civi...
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