Training Course " Development and Implementation of Participation Projects at Local and Regional Level"
Participant: Karen Mkhitaryan
Organisation: Caucasian Institute for Peace Problems Research - CIPPR, Armenia
Within the project a training workshop on participation was organized in Gyumri for 25 young people. The project supported foster greater participation of young people in the democratic structures and processes at local and regional level based in the principles promoted by the revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life.
25 participants were selected for the participation in the training course from the local regions of Northern Armenia. The target group was young people 18 and 30 years old involved in youth initiatives, local youth organizations, groups, networks and young staff of governmental or local authority services responsible for youth participation at local and / or regional level. The participants were selected according to the following priority: the inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities to be active in civil society or youth activities at local and regional level ( minority youth, socially disadvantaged young people from the peripheral regions which are lagging behind economically)
Social rights addressed: The right to education, the right to legal and social protection, the right to non-discrimination.
Local authorities involved:
Gyumri municipality and Shirak region government youth departments showed their interest of implementation of such kind of projects so the support was formal, young people involved in municipal youth department had participation in the project
25 young people from different regions of Shirak marz of Armenia were trained on Revised European charter, social charter and youth participation. They were young people 18 and 30 years old involved in youth initiatives, organizations, groups, networks and young staff of governmental or local authority services responsible for youth participation at local and / or regional level. They raised their awareness on the importance of their civic responsibility and participation in the decision making at local and regional level. They marked that would share their new competencies, experiences and training findings with young people of their communities and to act as multipliers. A new group of young people established for future cooperation in developing and implementing local and regional projects
Sustainability and follow-up:
The Youth participation and democratic citizenship has a special place in the long term strategy of CIPPR 2010-2015 and we are going to follow in this strategy and implement participation projects promoting the involvement of young people of our region in local and regional life so promoting of the establishment of civil society, protection of human rights and dissemination of democratic values in Armenia and whole Caucasian region.
Now we have developed the continuation of the project enlarging scope of participants involving young people from the other regions of Armenia and applied to EYF for support
The current stage of the project: Finalised