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APPLICATION FORM

1. NAME OF THE PROJECT

Introducing into participation democracy

2. BRIEF SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

The project regards about 5000 scholars from 5 different high schools in Onesti and Tg-Ocna (county of Bacau) who didn’t have information about civic culture. It also intends to promote the democratic relationships in the scholar community as a basis of a participation democracy. The project will be unfold in Onesti, Tg-Ocna and Slanic Moldova in collaboration with the following high schools: “Gh. Asachi”, “D. Cantemir”, “Gr. C. Moisil”, “P. Poni” from Onesti and “C. Negri” from Tg-Ocna.

3. WHAT IS THE NORTH-SOUTH/ GLOBAL DIMENSION OF YOUR PROJECT? Please describe

Through this project, Pro Democracy Association Branch of Onesti intends to improve the level of information of the scholars from these high schools in the genuine spirit of democracy and to form them as active and informed citizens. For aiming this purpose, various activities were designed: a stage of information for students, a project contest initiated by the students themselves, editing brochures about the values and the principles of democracy and, as a novelty, organizing an AEL (Advanced Electronic Learning) contest regarding the basis of democracy.

4. PARTNER ORGANISATIONS

    a) LEAD PARTNER

    Name: Pro Democracy Association Brach of Onesti
    Contact details: Constantin Stacescu pastorala_ro@yahoo.com – president
    Liviu Neagoe liviu_neagoe@yahoo.com – assistant coordinator
    Type of Organisation: Civic Non-Governmental Organization

    b) PARTNER 1

    Name: “Gh. Asachi” High School
    Contact details: Mr. Costin Dobrota – principle
    Type of organization: Educational organization

    c) PARTNER 2

    Name: “D. Cantemir” High School
    Contact details: Mrs. Emilia Boghiu – principle
    Type of Organisation: Educational organization

    d) PARTNER 3

    Name: “Gr. C. Moisil” High School
    Contact details: Mrs. Mariana Beretczi - principle
    Type of organization: Educational organization

    e) PARTNER 4

    Name: “C. Negri” High School
    Contact Details: Mrs. Theodora Sotcan – principle
    Type of organization – Educational organization

    f) PARTNER 5

    Name: “P. Poni” High school
    Contact details: Mr. Danut Oprea - principle
    Type of Organisation: Educational organization

5. PLEASE OUTLINE BRIEFLY THE FOLLOWING ELEMENTS
OF THE PROJECT1:

    a) overall aims

    The main project of the project is increasing the trust of youth in the values and rules of participation democracy.

    b) specific objectives

    The specific objects of the project are: i) to improve the level of information of students from the partner high schools about the values and principles of democracy and ii) to encourage them to manifest as active citizens by sustaining their ideas for better activity in the community.

    c) outcomes

    As a result of editing the civic education brochures the students have received valuable information about what means and how a real democracy functions. They could test their knowledge into an AEL civic educational test. Moreover, the students could propose and develop their own initiatives into a small projects contest.

    d) duration of the project

    September 2007 – February 2008

    e) participation of the target group(s)

    in the design of the project

    A number of 20 students from the 5 partner high schools were participated in a stage of information in Slanic Moldova and they were also involved in designing their own small projects for improving the local community.

    in the implementation of the project

    The students were participated to an AEL test and to open debates in each high school in which they have sustained the team work small projects.

    f) strategies for integrating learning from the project into the educational system (formal and non-formal).

Formal strategy:

Stage of information – Civil society – pillar of participation democracy

Syllabus 1

Advantages and disadvantages of a democratic regime
The importance of pluralism and tolerance into democratic society
Skills of participation needed for a citizen in a democracy

Syllabus 2

Civil society and her role into democracy
How can citizens influence public policies
How we choose and evaluate our representatives

Syllabus 3

Project management – from real problems to adequate solutions
Team work: writing a project
Team work: sustaining a project

Civic education brochures
It will be printed 3000 brochures about the summer school syllabus, the AEL test and the best projects realized by scholars. The brochures will be free distributed by scholars themselves and by the Pro Democracy Association volunteers and represent a good tool for the school consultants, class masters or other individuals interested in civic education activities.

Informal strategy:

Project contest

Each individual student from the summer school will form his team and participate at a project contest in high school. A jury, formed by Pro Democracy members, teachers and scholars, will select the best project and will give for each team diplomas. Also the best projects will be printed into a brochure in 3000 copies free distributed to all scholars – a good example that this pattern will be followed.

AEL civic culture test

It is a civic educational program test using a PC network: scholars will reply on-line at 30 short questions and the program will post the good or wrong answer. It will verify with this test the knowledge of individuals at stage information and will offer a basis for further civic education lessons in classrooms.

    g) evaluation mechanisms (internal and/or external).

    Quantitative items

The number of the high school partners (5), the number of participants at the stage of information (20), the number of the students tested in AEL (30/session), the number of small projects (20), the number of brochures (3000)

    Qualitative items

The level of expertise of the trainers, the experience of the project managers, the content of the brochure, the integration of the AEL test into an optional curriculum for the further civic education lessons in classrooms

    h) budget – details of financial sources and summary of income and expenditure.

    Pro Democracy Association Onesti contribution: 1200 $
    Cultural Centre of the United States Embassy: 8750 $

6. DESCRIBE HOW NETWORKING, PARTNERSHIP OR CO-ORDINATION WORKS IN THE PROJECT TO ENHANCE EFFECTIVENESS

By participating in the stage of information, the students were being learnt to work on small projects and to put their own ideas for the use of community in an ordinate shape. Their small projects were integrated in a network of open debates in each high school. In the same time, the information achieved during the stage were systematized in the content of the free distributed brochures and also tested into Advanced Electronic Learning program.

7. WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LEARNING DIMENSION OF THE PROJECT THAT COULD BE USEFUL IN OTHER COUNTRIES?

The most important learning dimension of the project that could be useful in other regions or countries is given by the integration of the practical dimension of learning through realising and proposing by the students of their own small projects for the local community. This is a good example for educate them as active citizens and, in the same time, a part of Pro Democracy Association strategy to consolidate democracy in our country.


1 Please feel free to use existing documentation in response to Part 5 of the application form.