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Interactive educational program

Program for young people on inclusion, non-discrimination and democratic participation

This unique programme was designed by four trainers who used their expertise and experience as well as skills and knowledge acquired during the training for trainers activities in order to develop an original, blended-learning, educational programme for youth.

From International Arts Centre Zagreb, Romana Petrušić (actor, director and drama trainer) and Andreana Baeva-Motušić (political economist and educator in democracy and civic engagement) are currently leading classes in artistic expression and political sciences. From U Thrive Europe, Aida Pana (emotional intelligence trainer) and Tatiana Levceva (debate and persuasion techniques trainer) are currently leading classes in social understanding and debate.

The interactive educational programme gathered 30 young participants (15 from Croatia and 15 from Belgium) who meet up once a week in Zagreb and Brussels in person and once a month the whole group meet up in an online Zoom session. The programme is based on inclusion, non-discrimination and democratic participation and includes activities such as lectures, discussions, debates, drama, field trips and creative work. The project will culminate with the creation of a short online course on social inclusion and equity in democratic societies. Each participant will get a Certificate of Completion when they finish the program. Participants will create and work on their YouthPass throughout the project and record their experiences.

Over the course of the program participants will:

  • Explore the importance of diversity in democratic societies

  • Gain knowledge about the democratic processes in modern society

  • Observe social exclusion from a personal and societal point of view

  • Learn how social exclusion impacts our relational and social brain

  • Receive training on building arguments and communicating clearly

  • Practise engaging in a debate

  • Explore social inclusion issues through drama

  • Learn about and present own ideas through Forum theater

  • Explore forms of activism and democratic participation

  • Discuss online communication and fake news

  • Learn about the psychology of social activism and participation

  • Gain knowledge about the benefits of activism on psychological well-being

  • Create an original short online course on social inclusion for the members of their generation

  • Get a Certificate of Completion (for those who attend classes regularly)

This project offers young adults the ability to partake in initiating and creating change! We believe in the power of diversity working together and we wish to share the chance to be a part of the solution with young people.

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The project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This post reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained herein.

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