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Council of Europe Award "Young Active Citizens"

COUNCIL OF EUROPE AWARD “YOUNG ACTIVE CITIZENS”
2006-2007

“Diversity, Human Rights and Participation”

Table of contents

Theme of the 2006-2007 Award
Entrants
Criteria
Jury
Calendar
Prizes
How to apply ?
Young active citizen in other languages
Projects awarded

For the fifth time, the Council of Europe is organising the “Young Active Citizens” Award with a view to promoting active participation of young people in society by rewarding outstanding/ innovative projects/actions in this respect.

In this context, the Council of Europe Award “Young active citizens” also wants to visualise the value and practice of co-management between young people and public authorities at local, regional and national levels, which constitutes an important feature of the Council of Europe’s youth policy.

Theme of the 2006-2007 Award 

The Council of Europe Award in 2006-2007 “Diversity, human rights and participation”

As one of the results of the third Summit of Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), the Heads of State and Government decided to promote diversity, inclusion and participation in society, by launching a Europe-wide Youth Campaign, in the spirit of the “European Youth Campaign against racism, xenophobia, antisemitism and intolerance” held in 1995.

In the Final Declaration of the 7th Conference of European Ministers responsible for Youth (Budapest, 23-24 September 2005), the Ministers called upon the Council of Europe “to actively support the organisation, in 2006-2007, of a European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation…Whilst making use of the experience and achievements of the Council of Europe Youth and Sport Directorate…”.

The “All Different – All Equal” European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation is being implemented from June 2006 until the end of 2007, and it is in this framework that the Council of Europe Award will also be organised in 2006 and 2007. Therefore, the specific aim of the Council of Europe Award will be to actively contribute to the aims, objectives and visibility of the “All Different – All Equal” European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation.

Entrants 

The competition is open to non-governmental youth organisations and networks, as well as any other structures involved in youth work, which are committed to contribute to the European Youth Campaign “All different, all equal” for diversity, human rights and participation, in the way which is described below (under “criteria”).

Organisations wishing to submit a project in the framework of the Award are kindly requested to send their application to the National Campaign Committee of their country. The list of addresses of National Campaign Commitees established in the Council of Europe member states is available on the following web page address: http://alldifferent-allequal.info

For countries where there is no National Campaign Committee, applications may be sent directly to the Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport at the following address: youth.award@alldifferent-allequal.info

Criteria 

A) The Award will be given to actions or projects which are directly and explicitly contributing to “All different–All equal”: European Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation. In this respect, the following issues constitute the basis for the core content of the Campaign and should be used as guidelines for the Award.

Overcoming discrimination and promoting diversity

Multiple discrimination still exists today. Individualism versus belonging / being part of a community: what challenge does this represent for social cohesion?

How to overcome all forms of discrimination, including within and between different communities?

Fighting discrimination and promoting diversity starts at the local level. What actions and policies could local and regional authorities develop and undertake?

Interreligious and intercultural dialogue

Interreligious and intercultural dialogue is a condition for social cohesion. What can NGOs and the authorities do in this respect?

Diversity is an asset for social and economic development. How can the authorities and other concerned actors address and support this?

The integration models developed in Europe over many years seem to be in question today. Why? Are these models still valid?

Participation, democracy and good governance

Youth participation in society can contribute to fighting structural discrimination and promoting diversity. How can this best be achieved?

The practice of participation of the individual is an effective means for finding one’s place in society. How can we as individuals best achieve this?

“Nothing about us, without us” is a basic principle for ensuring participation. How can this best be achieved at local, regional and national level?

Human Rights

Human rights are core and common values of the Council of Europe member states. They are also the basis for cohesive societies, respectful of diversity.

How can young people promote a culture of human rights? What is the role of human rights education therein?

How to make sure that human rights and human rights education are effectively mainstreamed in youth policy, especially those addressed at young people at risk of discrimination and exclusion?

B) Projects/actions are designed and implemented according to the values and principles of the Council of Europe;

C) Projects/actions should be implemented between June/July 2006 and July 2007).

Jury 

The Jury are 2 members of the Programming Committee of the European Youth Centres, 2 members of the European Steering Group of the Campaign, as well as the Council of Europe Director of Youth and Sport or his/her representative.

Calendar 

Deadline for the submission of projects to National Campaign Committees: 15th July 2007.

Meeting of the Jury for the selection: August 2007.

Award ceremony: at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, in principle in September 2007 during the closing event of the Campaign. Since the dates of the closing event have not yet been confirmed, it is not totally excluded that these dates could be slightly modified. Should the closing event be changed, you will be duely informed, via Internet and National Campaign Committees, of the subsequent change of deadlines for submitting applications.

Prizes 

Five projects/actions will be rewarded.

Each of the winning projects will be offered an amount of 1000 € and a diploma.

Furthermore, two representatives of each of the winning projects will be invited to the closing event of the Campaign in order to receive their prize. These representatives will also be invited to present their projects by the means of an exhibition.

Following the Award, and at the end of the Campaign, a compendium of all good Campaign projects which have applied (and not just the winning projects), will be published by the Council of Europe (paper + online versions). The possibility to include photographs in the compendium will be considered.

How to apply ? 

The attached application form should be completed, in English or French, and send it by 15th July 2007 to to the National Campaign Committee of the country concerned. The list of addresses of National Campaign Commitees established in the Council of Europe member states is available on the following web page address: http://alldifferent-allequal.info

For countries where there is no National Campaign Committee, applications may be sent directly to the Council of Europe Directorate of Youth and Sport at the following address: youth.award@alldifferent-allequal.info

More information about youth activities in the Council of Europe may be found at the following address:
www.coe.int/youth
http://alldifferent-allequal.info

Young active citizen in other languages 

General rules
Guidelines for the applicant
Application form

Projects awarded