under the patronage of prof. Jan Sokol

Within the framework of the international project „Sailors on the CitizenShip“ – Fair XXL
Hotel Impuls, LIBEREC, Czech Republic,10. - 11.5. 2010

Preliminary programme - GOOD PRACTICES:


1st round


15:30 – 16:15


Sailors on CitizenShip

Sailors on the CitizenShip was originally developed as a training course for youth workers. Our aim was to explore more European citizenship and forms of active citizenship and find ways how to implement it into youth projects at the local level. Content of the training course has developed throughout new editions, new participants, new trainers, and new needs of youth workers.  Up to today was this course done in 8 countries for more than 200 youth workers and youth leaders. In this presentation you will have the chance to explore history, development of day by day programme, challenges of such a “European sail” and outcomes that were in the last 4 years created. Ahoy.

Ondrej Lochman, Liberecka Obcanska Spolecnost, Czech Republic



Young Citizen

Young Citizen-MK is a project which aims to develop young people’s understanding of the issues involved and improve their opportunities for becoming more active citizens. We worked closely with schools to develop the program and provide young people with a range of levels of involvement from simple contributions to a bigger commitment.
Sean McDermott, Madcap, UK



Masz głos, masz wybór - Your vote, your choice
The aim of the programme is to make the citizens interested in the problems of their communities and encourage them to get involved in public life, including local elections, as well as to build a sense of shared responsibility of both the voters and the elected authorities for the decisions made during the election. We have invited local organizations and informal groups from all over Poland to join the project. Each year, during 2006-2009, the organizations that took part in the programme implemented a set of tasks aimed at stimulating civic participation and building dialogue with local authorities. The tasks involved debates and awareness campaigns related to local problems, local government’s operation and fulfillment of commitments made by local authorities. All participants (over 250) were offered technical and financial support including a set of training sessions, consultations and help-desk; auxiliary and promotional materials; microgrants for implementation of tasks related to the project. We also maintain an interactive Internet site serving as a platform to exchange information and share experience between all participants, to promote the project and disseminate information on activities carried out on local level. Before next local elections (in 2010) the participium organizations will run a “get out the vote” campaign in their communities.

Magdalena Mazur, School of Leaders, Poland



2nd round

16:15 – 17:00



One festival and one region vs. 3 nations, cultures, languages and a heterogeneous mix of generations and people of different backgrounds right on the borders between Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. Discover, be amazed and taste the ingenious concept of the Euroregional Learning FESTIVAL and how it has/ does/ and will build a tri-national wanted highlight. Made by and for the people of the neighboring countries Poland, Czech Republic and Germany it is promoting lifelong learning and revealing the potentials the Euroregion Neisse-Nisa-Nysa has to offer – Simply INGENIOUS. 

Anne Heinrich, Pontes Agentur, Germany



PolaCzek – jestesmy sousede

PoláCzek is polish – czech crossborder project dealing with citizenship education, active participation and intercultural communication – especially with neighbours. Main aims are to support crossborder cooperation and possibility for young people to interact with each other by organizing events that help to understand each other. First step was to organize the bilateral meeting for young Poles and Czechs to train them for becoming multiplicators and also give them possibility to work together and verify their stereotypes. Follow up actions consists of workshops which promote tolerance among neighbours and active involvement in local community,  being run in mixed (PL-CZ) groups, and also an exhibition which is promoting our idea while traveling around Czech Republic and Poland. In few steps we will introduce the whole idea from the very beginning (getting funds, implementing actions and organizing follow up activities), explain local needs and show examples of neighbours cooperation.

Damian Drużkowski, UNESCO Initiatives Centre, Poland

Petra Houskova, Liberecka Obcanska Spolecnost, Czech Republic



Free hugs

Aim: Participation through positives action in the society

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach just one person.

Marco Santos, Noor, Estonia



3rd round

17:15 – 18:00



The World is Yours as Well

This is a long term educational programme for schools from Lower Silesia Region within which high school students are trained to organise educational projects for their colleagues from school and their local community during Global Education Week. Project was already organised 5 times, last edition in 2009 was focused on human rights Education.  Its multiplication efect is rising with each edition, 24 participants of last year project organised activities for over 4000 peers from the region. It aims to motivate youngsters to make possitive change in their local environment. Each year we change the focus that always stays within global education, its either intercultural learning or human rights education or education for sustainable, this year we will focus on active participation.

Kasia Szaja, UNESCO Initiatives Centre, Poland



A School for Global Citizens 

Denmark, the home country of the adult educator N.F.S. Grundtvig, is the location where dozens of residential schools of non-formal adult education have existed since the 19th century. One of these schools was founded with the aim to enable its international students to contribute to world peace, intercultural dialogue and sustainable world development. Since 1921, the International People’s College in Helsingør has been using the fertile ground of a living-and-learning-together format to plant a seed of global citizenship in its students. The methods that are currently used for this purpose range from theme days to regular household duties, from small group life story sessions to cultural and creative performances, from participatory learning methods in classes to student-run free time activities. 

Lucie Cizkova, ACC, Czech Republic



CPSC (Civilian Peace Service in Castel-Volturno/Volturno-Castel)

The “proximity violence” constitutes the context where the exercise of the fundamental rights is more difficult to guardian and therefore it’s important to promote positively peace, not only in the meaning of the absence of conflict, but like a suitable hypothesis of different spaces for social relations. “Civilian Peace Service in Castelvolturno” project by “Peace Workers Campania” No Profit Association has worked to act on the causes of emergence, violence and intolerance for a positive change of the social relationship in the local community with the aim of promoting action on local, territorial and communitarian level, in order to scale the global environment of positive transformation, integration, solidarity, in a sort of GLOCAL (global/local) effort. The project has been developed on the small farm already property of the Zaza mafia-family, confiscated to the racket and now given in free management to the anti-mafia committee “Lands of Giuseppe Diana”, through study-actions and job-actions for young people, Italians and immigrants, to focus hypothesis of alternative sociality, democratic legality and positive peace. The presentation of the “good practice” will be held in three steps: 1. quick description of the project to contrast mafia, violence and local conflict; 2. role-play about “segregation” in order to face the controversy matter; 3. project focused slideshow.

Gianmarco Pisa: Association “Operatori di Pace - Campania”, Italy


4th round

18:00 – 18:45


Living Library

Aim: To promote tolerance through breaking stereotypes and knowing difference.

Most likely a majority of readers will find that Living Books are people just like you and me. But for different reasons they are subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. They are open about, who they are and prepared to share their experiences. That would be a short description of something that is exactly that and so much more. A Living Book is a person, that has chosen to be a public representative of a certain group. An example of how people can be, if only minds are open long enough to find out, who and what they really are. But before anything else, they are couragous people that stand by their convictions and are willing to discuss their values with others. As in books are most, they are wise.

Marco Santos, Noor, Estonia



Ur Street, Ur Choice

At St. Columb’s Park House the ASB Programme, Ur Street, Ur Choice has worked via inter-community partnerships with statutory and voluntary agencies, to minimize the opportunities for young people to become involved in negative impact behavior within their community.  Methods: Street work, accredited training, outdoor education, residentials, youth-led projects for community benefit. 

Damian McSorley, Saint Columbs Park House, Northern Ireland



Discovering young people’s needs

To be updated.....

Thomas Wilke, ISIS Berlin, Germany