Youth as agents of fostering local democracy through active participation in structured dialogue
Name of the organisation: Trade Union Educational Centre
Country : Bosnia and Herzegovina
Timeframe of the project: November 2020 – February 2021 (4 months)
Short description of the project:
Project is aimed at bringing closer everyday functioning of local administration to youth 15-19 years old, especially focusing on functions of direct interest for them as future active citizens, by getting them acquainted with mechanisms of influence on community processes and how they can put their interests and priorities on local agenda. Its focus is to inform, empower and raise awareness of youth on work of local administration and how they can influence it by establishing permanent dialogue with administration.
• Realization of 8 public classes/workshops with different categories of youth (in primary schools, in existing sports and youth associations, among informal youth groups) by 16 trained educators, with support of the project team in designing the activities. Educators will present the project topics (with a focus on work of local administration and mechanisms of influence) and discuss with the attendees what are the issues that enhance their direct involvement.
• Conceptualizing and conducting a larger-scale online campaign "Face to Face with Local Administration", planning the whole process with the full participation of the project participants (they will be able to propose and comment on products we plan to develop as main ones within the campaign). A brochure "Guide to functioning of local administration for beginners" and a video clip up to 30 seconds long will be produced, containing central messages of the project to young people. Same will be disseminated to different youth groups through targeted Google, Facebook and Instagram campaigns, with regular posts on social networks, news distribution on portals read by young people. In addition to, campaign will also include a set of field activities, such as setting up stands to distribute promotional material near places where young people gather.
• Final conference "Participation as my basic human right" will bring together project participants and representatives of the local self-government involved, along with media interested in following the topic (up to 40 people in total), as well as representatives of other municipalities from the surrounding area. Idea of the conference is to provide a space for dialogue and joint definition of a future mechanism for communication and coordination between youth and local administration. It should result in a proposal of the Follow Up Plan for further joint activities aimed at increasing the level of youth participation in community processes. It is designed as an interactive one-day gathering that will include individual presentations, work in smaller groups and open space methodology.