Civic Act goes to Serbia!

On 14 June, the project Civic Act organised its second workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia.

The purpose of the activity was to empower 20 students aged between 15 and 18 to become agents of change in their local community. The one-day workshop took place at the “Svetozar Markovic” grammar school in Novi Sad.

In the first phase of the workshop, team member Benjamin Wilhelm together with project advisor Darija Maric, presented some examples of projects implemented by young activists and entrepreneurs such as solar solutions from Serbian startups, recycled art from the Philippines and other initiatives from fellow FutureLab Europe participants. The aim was  to prove the engagement of young people and show their positive on their local societies.

In the second part of the activity, the cohort was invited to identify  the major challenges faced by their community. The students pointed out four issues, namely discrimination, corruption, irrelevant educational curricula and missing children. The facilitators then supported the students in revising their country’s decision-making process and answered related questions.

Finally, in the last part of the workshop, the team split the students into four groups and invited them to draft some project ideas for each of the four challenges identified in the previous session. Each group then had the possibility to complement and comment on the solutions presented by their colleagues in order to improve their project proposals. Eventually, each of the group proposed a project idea to specifically address one of the four issues:

  • Group 1: fight discrimination by putting the LGBT community in contact with schools
  • Group 2: raise parents’ awareness about underestimated risks for children by designing posters for public places and advertisement campaign for social media
  • Group 3: shed the light on the phenomenon of corruption in schools by involving the press
  • Group 4: modernise the existing educational curricula with the teachers’ support and through petitions and polls

Outcome

The Civic Act project aims to encourage young people to take action in the society. The team succeeded through this workshop in motivating and providing practical tools to the 20 students of the “Svetozar Markovic” grammar school who now decided to pursue their ideas further. The team remains at their disposal for realising their projects in the following months.

The team will present the workshops’ results at the FutureLab Europe Autumn Conference in September in Brussels.

Do you have questions or comments on the project?

Contact Benjamin Wilhelm, Chrysi Chrysochou and Giovanni Moro

This event is part of FutureLab Europe’s Civic Act project.

About Civic Act

Concerned by young Europeans’ disengagement from politics, Civic Act will be organising workshops on civic activism in high schools in Greece and Portugal. Using a learning-by-doing methodology, Civic Act aims to educate and empower young people to solve local problems through active participation, promoting the importance of youth engagement in political and social life. …read more