On March 5 to 7, 2018, CEPS held “Active Citizens” training at Berane Hotel in Berane, which has been organized within the same program of the British Council and the Embassy of United Kingdom in Montenegro.
The training was implemented for young people from Berane who want to contribute to changes in their local community, young people with fewer opportunities, members and activists of the Youth Office, Youth Council and Youth Workers.
During the “Active Citizens” training , the young people from Berane had the opportunity to show through interactive workshops what they are proud of in their local community, then to learn more about identity and culture, intercultural dialogue, verbal and non-verbal communication. They also had the opportunity to learn what dialogue is not, then to learn through power walk the life in local and global communities, and then to map their community and problems in it.
The third day of training was reserved for creating social actions plans aimed at improving the lives of young people in this municipality. The participants were asked to list through the problem tree what are the problems in the community, and then plan social actions that would lead to resolution of these problems.
The Active Citizens Project is implemented by the British Council and the United Kingdom Embassy in Montenegro in partnership with local partners, the Center for the Development of Non-Governmental Organizations (CRNVO), the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) and the Center for Economic Prosperity and Freedom (CEPS).
Photos of the training can be seen in the gallery:
ACTIVE CITIZENS is a global program of the British Council, which is implemented in cooperation with civil society organizations around the world. Launched in 2009 and to date, more than 210,000 people from Great Britain, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and America participated in it. The vision of the program is a world in which young people recognize their potential and try to engage with others in order to develop their communities at the local and international level. The Active Citizens Program is being implemented in over 50 countries in the world in cooperation with state institutions and local partners.
The program promotes social development under the community leadership through building confidence within and between communities and key actors. It motivates community members to take responsibility for their social needs by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, experience and networking.
One of the objectives of the program is to provide networking of individuals, organizations and institutions, as well as to support cross-sectoral cooperation with the business community, the media and the scientific community, in order to improve the level of social inclusion, social development and community resilience to the conflict.