Working Together for the Local Homeland
Outcome:
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Lublin
Voivodeship (headquarters):
lubelskie
Dates:
31-03-2022 - 31-03-2022
Status:
completed
Project cost:
62 500 EUR
Funding:
62 500 EUR
Outreach:
regional
Types of activities:
social actions and campaigns, educational activities
Target groups:
children, youth, teachers

According to the international studies on civic engagement, Polish youth has broad and rich general knowledge, as well as good understanding of history. However, our observations confirm that practical knowledge and activities related to defending human rights, participating in protests, or grassroots initiatives are far less often considered by the Polish teenagers as markers of a good citizen. Lubelskie Voivodeship is a leader among the regions with low civic engagement of the youth. From our conversations with school principals and students from primary and secondary schools in our voivodeship we have learned that there exists a serious need to engage the young people in civic initiatives and to teach them about local traditions, so they can continue to build out their local identity.

We will address these needs by engaging students and teachers from 10 schools in small towns in Lubelskie Voivodeship. We will organize travelling retreat for teachers on motivating the youth to engage in civic initiatives, organizing local events and on the methods for nurturing regional traditions. We will also have workshops for the youth focused on collaborating with the local community and creating initiatives in their immediate environment. The young participants will enter a competition for a photograph or a short clip promoting local initiatives relating to tradition, such as uncovering old customs, collecting local histories, or recipes from the elders in the community, or renovating forgotten monuments. As a conclusion of the project, the youth from each town will organize a “Day of the Local Homeland,” during which they will present their ideas to the rest of the school community and other guests. All the participants will be invited to a conference in Lublin where they will learn about each other’s ideas and present them to school principals, NGOs, and representatives from the Board of Education.

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