Praia Grande

Training Course: THE FUTURE OF DEMOCRACY: The role of youth workers and youth leaders

Dates: 30 March – 7 April 2014

Venue: Cascais/Praia Grande, Portugal

Eligible are 30 participants coming from: Bulgaria, Greece, Portugal, Spain, Turkey

Application deadline: 26th February 2014

This training course aims to question ourselves and parallel, to practice and learn tools how to be a more effective promoter of democracy, and this in a challenging and interesting way.

CONTEXT

The word ‘democracy’ is often used in wrong contexts and abused when convenient. As engaged youth workers and youth leaders, we have the POWER to make a change in our own community, directly working with young people. Also we –most often unconsciously- do not follow some of the healthy principles of democracy, when we claim that our young people fully participate … while we actually tell them what to do and think. This training course aims to question ourselves and parallel, to practice and learn tools how to be a more effective promoter of democracy, and this in a challenging and interesting way.

AIM & OBJECTIVES

Aim: To create an ongoing discussion about complexity of democracy and the need of putting time and awareness about what happens to individual needs in a non-inclusive society in order to make it inclusive for as much people as possible.

• To deepen the understanding of democratic process and the complexity of inclusion in a democratic political system.

• To create an awareness and discussion about the conflict between individual needs and the need of a collective/society. To provoke the “lie” and assumption that humans are mature enough to put down their believes and arguments and go with the majority decision without making resistance!

• How a society both can be democratic and inclusive IRL?

• To critically reflect/question the notion of democracy associated with “going with the majority”

• To understand concepts as grassroots democracy & inclusive democracy

• To practice tools for intervention in our own communities and realities. Secondary objectives:

• To create a solid networks of contacts and partnerships

• To equip the youth workers with insight in their role as coach and support.

 

PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

Youth workers or Youth Leaders, no age limit. Participants will come from : Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey

 

THE VENUE The training course will take place in a quite isolated area, very close to the beach (Praia Grande).

The address is: Estrada do Rodízio nº85, 2705-334 Almoçageme http://goo.gl/maps/SJNwj You will be hosted in rooms with bunk beds (from 4 to 12 beds/room). Wi-fi internet connection is available.

 

 

Costs

Participants have to pay a participation fee of 10€ and cover 30% of travel cost to reach training course venue. Accommodation and food costs will be covered by the project grants.

Organizer:

Vida+Viva, Associação Animam Viventem

Contact for questions:

Inês Gomes Calado

Website: http://www.vidamaisviva.com

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E-Mail: the.future.of.democracy@gmail.com Phone: +351 910130952

 

 

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