Part 1 – Mental Map – What is active citizenship? And a presentation from stakeholders
The lesson will begin with the students working individually creating a mental map of their idea of active citizenship and what they can do to encourage young people to take part in active citizenship. They will then work in groups of 5 (or multiples of 5 depending on the size of the class) comparing their mental maps with one another. Afterwards, local NGO’s and public representatives will present their experiences of active citizenship to the class and give examples of policies that have been changed because of the work of local active citizens. The students will then have a discussion with the NGO’s and public representatives about changes they as a class group would like to see changed.
Active citizenship among young people is the best way to promote social and economic change in transitional societies. Three important ways in which young people can contribute to social and economic change include: self-development, interaction and social actions. The first step to nurturing active citizenship among young people is to identify barriers to youth participation starting at home, school, community and institutions. Through presentations and a field work visit with local governmental institutions, students will be able comprehend first hand, how the relationship between citizens and the government is built.
Students will get the opportunity to look at famous examples of active citizens, as well as local citizens who have made dramatic changes to policies and the way in which we look at society today. The aim of this teaching resource is to promote the idea of active citizenship and reward those who have been active participants in society, with the hope of encouraging the students and young people to think about their own responsibility in society.