About a year ago, (former) policy officer Lucia Sobekova presented a report about the awareness of young people about the (youth & human) rights they have and the institutions that protect those rights, etc. In this research she showed how only half of the respondents has seen the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before, and less than one third could mention any of the institutions that work in the field. However, all of them thought that this is a field AEGEE should work in. Furthermore, it is an important aspect in reaching the vision of AEGEE:
“AEGEE strives for a democratic, diverse and borderless Europe, which is socially, economically and politically integrated, and values the participation of young people in its construction and development.”
This is why we believe a project that trains and helps people in human rights and democracy
situations is essential for the members of AEGEE and all young people in Europe between 18 and 30 years old. This project is what we present to you today: Democracy in Practice.
The aim of our project is:
“To raise awareness among young people about the importance of human rights as the basis of a healthy democracy, in order to promote social and political participation of young people in their local, national, and European environment.”
This will be achieved in two ways, through the way of training and through the way of advocacy. Therefore we set some learning objectives (which are the objectives that will be used for the training courses that Democracy in Practice is going to organise) and some advocacy objectives.
- The participants can explain what the interconnections between human rights and democracy are.
- The participants are able to develop a campaign for Human Rights.
- The participants are able to direct their own learning through the process.
- The participants can develop a concrete action plan in order to start a follow-up process.
- The participants can identify the local stakeholders for human rights education.
- The participants of the courses are able to advocate for human rights education in their local communities, with special target to university and other educational centres.
The project will end up having created a big pool of students from all over Europe who are promoting active participation in society, and an active campaign promoting human rights education in secondary and tertiary education centres.