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Educating a New Generation of Active Citizens through PA Program PDF Print E-mail

The project aims to contribute to the personal and social development of disadvantaged children and youth in 7 remote rural areas and small cities of Albania and two schools in Kosova through their introduction to and active participation in the Public Achievement (PA) Program, as a youth civic engagement initiative focused on the basic concepts of citizenship, democracy and public work. Children and youth will learn how to organize themselves to tackle school and other local problems of direct importance to them.

Project Objectives:

- To promote personal and social development of disadvantaged children and youth in remote rural areas and small cities of Albania and Kosova through active participation in Public Achievement initiatives that strengthen and enrich their knowledge, skills and capacity as agents of positive change in their schools, community and in the whole society
- To educate a new generation of responsible citizens who actively participate in the strengthening and democratization of their school and community life.

Target Group/ project beneficiaries:

The project target group is composed of children and youth from 7 to 18 years old in seven primary and secondary schools in Elbasan, Librazhd, Pogradec, Korce, Rreshen and Tropoja Districts as well as Peje and Ghilane in Kosova.

Project Results:

•    School students, teachers, administrators and parents are aware of, accept and develop PA initiatives
•    18 PA groups established, trained and actively involved in an inspiring and meaningful learning process of change and development
•    25  PA mentor teachers equipped with the knowledge and skills to train PA groups and support children and youth PA initiatives
•    PA rooms established in the target schools with the facilities and resources to support and extend the work of PA groups.

Main Project Activities implemented during April – November 2014

Activity I. 5-day Study Visit and Training of Trainers (ToT) in Nowy Sacz:

In April 2014 "Children Are the Future"(CAF/FJA) together with an NGO from Kosovo took part in a 4 day ToT training on “Public Achievement”, organized by the Educational Society of Malopolska (MTO) in Nowy Sacz, Poland. The training was organized in the framework of the project: " Educating a New Generation of Active Citizens through PA Program", which is sponsored by the Citizens for the Engaged Communities Association(CEC), USA.

The participants were trained and certified as trainers of future Public Achievement mentors and coaches and will use the acquired knowledge to successfully implement the project.

In addition to an in depth training on PA, the group of CAF trainers and the Kosovo colleague were given the opportunity to visit a few schools, and gain insights from the experience of a Polish PA group. All of these together helped us create clearer ideas about how to further develop the PA program in Albania and integrate it into other CAF projects and programs.

Activity II. Awareness-raising meetings, accompanied by the distribution of PA leaflet, have been organized by CAF representatives in each school and community with students, teachers, school administrators, parents, Local Government representatives and other community members in order to introduce them to the goal and main elements of the project, PA program and its importance to the students’ personal and social development, as well as improvement and democratization of life in the school and in the community.

Activity IV. Training of PA mentors/coaches from the target schools was another main activity that was successfully organized by CAF team in Durres at the end of May, beginning of June. The training was organized through a very participatory approach, which combined theory with practice, group work, role play, simulation games and reflection sessions related to the project and their work with children.


 
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