This category focuses on young people. It promotes initiatives whose aim is to enhance youth participation in the community life; encourage them to become engaged in the policy-making process and foster a democratic dialogue. These initiatives aim to connect institutions and young people in order to better understand youth needs and to propose suggestions in a democratic cooperation.

Learn to collaborate and collaborate to learn, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Andorra

Following the reform of the Andorran Educational System for introducing teaching skills, the country changed the programs, the evaluation and the methodology and organization of the learning spaces. It should be noted that the didactic sequences are developed primarily in globalized learning spaces where students address real problems. The didactic sequence leads students to make assumptions, propose solving schemes to finally propose solutions. On the other hand, the didactic sequence introduces systematically the work in cooperative teams, which involves a parallel during which the student learns to cooperate by learning from others.


The Arab Puppet Theatre, Lebanon

The Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation tries to promote solidarity and reduce tension among Syrian refugees in Lebanon. The theatre is touring Lebanon tackling some of the political and social issues prevalent between Syrians, Palestinians and Lebanese through interactive puppet performance. With simple tools and stories the theatre touches the different groups and fosters dialogue between them. In addition to performing, the foundation also trains puppet makers, educators and social workers, together with other local and international organizations.


The Network of the Council of Europe Schools of Political Studies

Many young people are tempted by politics, but are disheartened by the negative image projected by the current political elite and their apparent inability to tackle the multiple crises of recent times. Although young people in schools and universities acquire some notion - and perhaps experience - of democratic practice, some are seeking opportunities in a non-formal learning environment to enhance their capacity to become an active citizen and democratic leader, strengthened by a set of fundamental values to guide their actions and to do things differently. How effective are non-formal educational approaches in developing democratic attitudes? What are their assets and pitfalls? Are such initiatives making a difference? What can be done in countries where civil society is under pressure and such activities are perceived as a threat by the authorities?


DemocrArtization, Fundación BogotArt, Colombia

The BogotArt Foundation is a Colombian youth-led NGO established in 2013. BogotArt is dedicated to promoting a more democratic world by providing free access to the arts and engaging at-risk youth in cultural endeavors. The foundation promotes the co-creation of art in the public space in conjunction with community members and free art workshops for underserved children. BogotArt uses the arts as a catalyzer of social equality, whereby all individuals, regardless of social, economic or cultural background, can find a space to develop their talents and contribute positively to their society.


Immersive Lab, Fondazione Mondo Digitale, Italy

The Immersive Lab is an Advanced Educational Laboratory, equipped with next-gen technologies of Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality. It was created thanks to a Google.org funding, it’s hosted inside Fondazione Mondo Digitale of Rome, and offers introductory courses on Immersive Technologies for public school students, and weekly workshops of ‘Immersive Design & Storytelling’, for unemployed youth, NEETs and school dropouts. Currently, a team of former students is developing a unique Immersive Educational Experience - “Project Newtopia” - to teach kids 8-12 both Soft Skills and Critical Thinking, plus a new perspective on the Destiny of Humankind.