Youth and Civic Engagement in the Eastern Partnership: back to (summer) school!
Something has been going on for Eastern Partnership youth in Georgia! And ALDA, with the LDA Georgia, was really proud to be part of it!
In Kutaisi (Georgia), from the 19th to the 25th of July, a consortium of stakeholders, active in the field of democracy and civic engagement, amongst which the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum and the National Endowment for Democracy has organised a Summer School aimed at developing the ability of the youth living in the eastern partnership countries to analyse and assess the needs in terms of civic engagement of their societies and at putting in place the most appropriate measures to tackle them.
The idea behind a Summer School with such a specific target comes from the consideration that only youth itself can foster its engagement, reason why it has to be provided with the right tools for analysis and action. With this in mind, the training sessions brought together a diverse set of trainers and methodologies, to better cover the broad spectrum of possible angles and approaches to these issues: case study presentations, open mic discussions and lectures will be some of the learning moments that the participants took part in.
Finally, during the summer school, the youth participants have learnt about the opportunities and support for youth education provided by the European Union, other donors, and project partners; and a further goal that the Summer School achieved was the creation of cross-border connections among peers which could then continue to be used as a resource once the summer school has concluded.