ACTive for Democracy

Background/Summary/Basic info

The project ACTive for Democracy represents a continuance of long term efforts to raise awareness and increase activism of the young voters in the country which started in 2004 through the project First Time Voters. The main challenges that the project ACTive for Democracy is addressing are the lack the knowledge of young voters for election related issues and the low level of interest for active participation in democratic processes.  The project also addresses the lack of capacities of the formal educational system to properly educate young voters. In addition, the project addresses the need for constant voters’ education which is one of the challenges that the country is facing and one of the ways to overcome the irregularities of the election processes in the country.

Overall objective:

The project’s overall objective is contributing towards empowerment of the youth by promoting their election rights and freedoms and the importance of active participation in the democratic processes.

Specific objectives:

–          Raising the awareness of the young voters on elections related issues and the need for their continuous engagement in the democratic processes.

–          Strengthening the capacities of the formal educational system through transferring of the knowledge on the election rights and responsibilities of the young voters.

Planned activities:

  • Conducting awareness raising campaign on the Voters Lists registration ahead of Local Elections 2013 and internet interaction with the young voters during the election period
  • Strengthening the capacities of the formal educational system by creating a supplemental manual for the high school professors
  • Conducting of the Active in Democracy open air events and the internet outreach campaign

Key stakeholders: The target group is set at 12.000 Young voters and 300 high schools teachers from all 94 high schools.

This project is funded by the European Union.

Citizens Association MOST started with the implementation of the workshops aimed for the high school teachers who teach the program “Life skills”. These workshops are the final phase of the project “Active for Democracy”, which started at the beginning of this year and whose goal is to contribute towards empowerment of the youth by promoting their election rights and freedoms and the importance of active participation in the democratic processes.

 

The project is also aimed at strengthening the capacities of the formal educational system by creating a supplemental manual for the high school teachers. According to the MOU signed between MOST and the Ministry of Education and Science, the manual “Active for Democracy – We vote”is prepared and approved to be used as a supplementary material when covering subjects about elections and active citizenship in the frames of the program “Education for life skills”.

 Till now, workshops were held in several high schools around the country and were attended more than 200 teachers.

  

On the occasion of marking the International Day of Democracy, September 15th, Citizens Association MOST held open air events in 5 cities around the country, including the city of Skopje.

At the events, through the campaign “Get in, if you are out”, the young voters were able to get informed and expand their knowledge on the advantages of being an active citizen. This campaign is implemented in the frames of the project “ACTive for Democracy”.

The events were held in the following locations:

– Skopje, in the City Park

– Tetovo, city center

– Ohrid, city center

– Prilep, main square

– Gevgelija, on the promenade

The key challenges that are underlined by the project “ACTive for Democracy” are the lack of knowledge of the young voters about the election related topics, as well as the low level of interests for active participation in the democratic processes. Additionally, the project emphasises the disadvantages of the formal education about appropriate informing of the young voters. In this direction, the goal of the project is to raise awareness about the need for steady education of the voters, which is one of the challenges that the country is facing, and to offer solutions for overcoming of the irregularities during the election processes in the country.

The project is financed by the European Union, through the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR), with about 83.000 Euros.

More information about the project are available on the web page www.prvpatglasam.org.mk