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School for Democracy 2017 – Romania

School for Democracy is a program that aims to encourage critical thinking and active citizenship in local communities through supporting teachers in their efforts of knowing and understanding how to use non-formal instruments and  democratic key notions.

Our goal is to contribute at the improvement of the quality of the educational process so that the pupils’ interest in getting involved in the local decisional process will grow. Special priorities of the project are related to elections, extremism, populism and discrimination – problems directly tied with the immigration waves in Europe and the most recent democratic derailments in the region.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness and develop professional skills for a community of teachers on applied learning methods and to develop their ability to disseminate with impact fundamental issues related to the rule of law and the principles of democracy within the school courses.

During the project we will:

  • Develop non-formal teaching skills on key democracy-related concepts for a group of 25 civic education and history teachers (but not exclusively)
  • Develop civic involvement skills for 200 members from five communities by disseminating information gained by the participants in the School for Democracy and collaborating with local authorities

We will work with:

  • 25 teachers, civic history and education mostly  (gymnasium and high school) from all over the country.
  • Over 200 students, parents and teachers involved in local dissemination activities in communities where they teach
  • Local authorities (mayors, local councilors, etc.) from localities where dissemination activities will take place

The School for Democracy includes two components:

  • A six-day training seminar structured on three components: non-formal methods, key concepts related to democracy and project writing and implementation. Some of the topics proposed for the agenda are: leadership, non-formal teaching methods, rule of law, public participation and decision-making transparency, active citizenship, combating extremism, populism and discrimination and project writing.
  • Proposing and implementing a project involving civic activities in the communities where the participants come from. Teachers will propose a non-formal and civic project that they will implement with students, parents and authorities. We will select at least 5 innovative projects that develop active citizenship skills. They will be supported financially and with human resources by Expert Forum and British Council

More information about School for Democracy can be found here: http://expertforum.ro/scoalapentrudemocratie/info

Partner: British Council Romania

The School for Democracy Project is supported by the Civic Innovation Fund, a program developed by the Civil Society Development Foundation in partnership with the Romanian-American Foundation, supported by Enel Romania and Raiffeisen Bank