Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.
Through the programme, we bring together people with different beliefs and perspectives to learn from and share with each other. Working with our partners around the globe, we train participants in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change in their communities. Delivery partners identify facilitators and we train them in the skills they need to deliver the Active Citizens training to others. Following their training, they use the Active Citizens toolkit to design and deliver the training programme to participants in their local communities around the world.
Active Citizens are individuals across the world who want to make a difference. They are influential and working to improve the lives of people living in their community. These are people and institutions established, trusted and valued in the community – CSOs, NGOs, religious leaders, politicians, youth workers etc. Through the programme they are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to design and implement social action projects to tackle social issues in their community.
Active citizens project in Western Balkans
In December 2017, facilitators from the UK held a five-day workshop for members of 35 civil society organisations from the Western Balkans. During the training they covered various topics connected to youth problems on a local level and worked with participants on finding innovative ways to solve them.
The workshop participants were expected to provide a solution for a specific task, under the supervision of the facilitators, as they will be the ones who will implement this programme in their local communities. Starting from February 2018, selected participants will be invited to deliver face-to-face trainings to young people in their communities.
Active Citizens and Digital Cities are two projects funded by Her Majesty’s Government whose combined value is 1.2 million GBP. This project will be run until March 2018. To find out the latest news about the project please follow project's global Facebook page.