A student council has a potential to be a mentoring institution that could help prepare young people become active and conscious citizens. The research shows that very few students and teachers have the knowledge on how a student council body works or is willing to engage with it. We have conducted our own research that showed the youth in our region is feeling powerless, while school-led initiatives are rarely completed.
We will address this problem by training 30 representatives of student councils and their guardians. Together we will work on ideas for activities, implementation plans, as well as talk about self-governance and the needs of our participants’ schools. After visiting our project partners, students will work on ideas specific to their schools. Three schools will receive funding for the student council initiatives. Finally, together with the municipality of Płużnica, the students will design a cooperation plan between the student council and the local government.
Two primary schools from Wąbrzeski District will be our partners in the project. They will facilitate meetings and outreach to the youth and teachers, as well as support the collaboration with their local government. Municipality of Płużnica, well known for its exemplary functioning and organization, will also serve as our partner in the project. Administration officials will support the youth in planning their collaboration with the local government and will promote the project among other local governments around the district. Norway-based International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights (IODHR), an organization experienced in working with the youth and in support of civic rights and democracy, will be our final partner. A group of students and teachers will visit IODHR and study the best practices and examples of building civic engagement among the youth. Afterwards they will create and implement similar ideas at their schools.