Part 3 – World Café – How do we decide who to reward? And an Award Presentation
The students will visit local citizens, NGO’s and public representatives and interview them randomly on the streets about their ideas of active citizenship and if they know of any citizens which they feel should be nominated for an active citizenship award. Afterwards, the groups who answered questions will be invited to the university and the world café method will take place. The students will debate as to why their nominated active citizen should get the award over others. By voting, the class will decide on 5 citizens to get an active citizenship award, and they will be invited to a presentation ceremony a few weeks later.
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.