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Youth Civil Participation Seminar (update)

New information about the Youth Civil participation seminar: New deadline: January 25th, 2006 Thanks to the increased contribution of the British Council the participant fee was canceled and we reimburse the full travel costs up to a certain amount.(more)
added Jan. 17th 2006

NGO-MARKET 2006

Students´ Forum 2000 is preparing the seventh annual NGO Market. The event will be held on April 25th 2006. The market is open to all NGOs regardless of their orientation. (more)
added Jan. 12th 2006

Youth Civil Participation Seminar

The Students' Forum 2000, the Association for International Affairs and the British Council are organizing a seminar about the problems and perspectives of Youth civil participation in Europe. (more)
added Dec. 15th 2005

Long Term Training Course

Long term course aimed at providing help for Easter European countries in development of a stable civic society environment. (more)
added Nov. 15th 2005

Youth Civil Participation: A Challenge for Transitional Countries in the Eastern Europe

International Seminar organized jointly by the Students' Forum 2000, the Association for International Affairs and the British Council (2nd -5th of March, 2006, Česká Skalice, ČR)

OBJECTIVE:

A direct connection can be traced between the state of democracy in a country and the extent of civic participation and involvement on all levels of public administration there. The purpose of this seminar is to explore and pursue the mechanism of youth citizenship and civic involvement. These influence the way how public affairs are being handled. If utilized by youth - the active, adaptive and critical element of the society - they can significantly contribute to stable and democratic political environment.

The seminar aims at the reflection of experience of the representatives from the new EU member countries (particularly Visegrad Countries) with youth civil participation over the past 15 years and possibilities to share this experience with countries such as Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and the post-Soviet republics of Central Asia.

THEMES:

The analysis, which would be a part of the seminar, would be based on three examples:

We will to welcome representatives from all of these regions, but emphasize the seriousness of this topic in the last one – Eastern Europe. We believe that with the exchange of experience, know-how, and with a joint concern which should result into practical activities, the countries of Western and Central Europe can positively influence the transformation process of these countries and profit by gaining knowledge and impulses which could stimulate the often passive civic involvement back home.

This workshop based seminar will welcome young people, already familiar with civic activism, who are able to insight this problem, compare local activities aimed at its improvement and look for concrete action.

STRUCTURE:

The proposed seminar could consist of a series of workshops with the following topics:

PARTICIPANTS:

The expected number of participants is 15-20, mostly students, young NGO representatives, and leaders of political youth organizations from Visegrad countries and Western Europe on one hand, and participants from Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and other post-Soviet republics.

FOLLOW-UP:

The seminar should support the Long Term Training Course (LTTC) currently being prepared by the Students' Forum 2000 which aimed at helping young civil society leaders in transition countries by providing skills and knowledge about civic work.