Lab 9 - Training Tomorrow’s Democratic Leaders: How to Make a Difference
Sponsored by the Association of Schools of Political Studies
8 November 2016 -10.00/12.00 - palais de l'Europe - Room 11 - Interpretation: FR/EN/RU
This lab will explore the context, potential, benefits, challenges and scope of non-formal education in the promotion of active citizenship and democratic leadership. By giving an insight into the work of the Schools of Political Studies and other training platforms, the lab will discuss good practices used to create inclusive learning opportunities for young people from all groups of society.
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?
Alumna of the Bulgarian School of Politics, Trust for Social Achievement
Veneta Ilieva is the Chief Financial Officer for the Trust for Social Achievement, a NGO promoting opportunities that help Bulgaria’s most disadvantaged citizens to achieve educational and economic success. Her areas of expertise include corporate governance, strategic planning, financial management, analysis and modeling, capital markets and entrepreneurship. Previously, Ms Ilieva was the executive director of ERG Capital-2 ADSIP; chief investment officer of the Rodina Pension Management Company and treasurer of the Bulgarian-American Credit Bank (BACB). In 2008, the Bulgarian investment community named her the Best Investor Relations Officer in the area of quality of communication in financial statements. Ms Ilieva has served as a member of the board of the Bulgarian Chartered Financial Analyst’s Society since 2007. She holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California, and a Master’s degree in Economics from Sofia University. Ms Ilieva is an alumna of the Bulgarian school of politics “Dimitry Panitza”.
Director of Educational Consultancy “Frankly Speaking”
Yael Ohana is a specialist of youth policy and intercultural non-formal political education, working at the intersection of policy, educational practice and research. She is the founder of Frankly Speaking, a Berlin-based consultancy providing project support services for non-governmental and international organisations working in the fields of youth, training and life-long learning, civil society development, volunteering and international development. Having previously worked as an educational advisor at the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre in Strasbourg and Budapest, she gained experience in European cooperation in the field of youth and the civic sectors in many countries across Europe, especially those of Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Ms Ohana holds degrees in Political Science, European Studies, Human Resources Development and Modern Languages from Central European University in Budapest, the College of Europe at Bruges and Trinity College in Dublin respectively.
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