Active Communities for Development Alternatives

An Induction Seminar Gathered Participants in the Second Phase of the Project "Activating Communities through the Chitalishtes in Bulgaria"

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

In the period March 17th - 19th, 2011 an induction seminar "Active Communities through the Chitalishtes in Bulgaria", organized by AGORA Platform gathered representatives of 37 Chitalishtes from the country. The induction seminar is part of the project supported by the America for Bulgaria Foundation aimed at solving local issues, identified by the community through the Chitalishte and with citizens' participation.

During the three seminar days the participants acquired knowledge, discussed and "played" situations related to their future work: organizing civic discussions, implementing civic initiatives and sharing experience.

Each stage would be carried out in the framework of the AGORA approach that was created by the Platform for involvement of citizens, building a consensus among them for identification and solving of local issues of importance.

The topics discussed by the seminar participants included: advocacy, volunteering, philanthropy, leading civic discussions, presenting, moderation tools. The acquired knowledge and skills will be applied in practice first in April 2011 when the specific discussions will be held and later in the general discussions at the relevant settlements.

A special time slot was designated in the beginning of the seminar for presentation of the good practices from the previous project phase by the colleagues from Nikopol, Koprivshtitsa, Cherven Briag, Momchilovtsi village, Topolovgrad and Kurtovo Konare. They will host the "Sharing Experience" Program by exchanging knowledge, approaches, practices, opportunities and perspectives with the 31 new Chitalishtes involved in the project.

The seminar was conceived, organized and held with the idea to equip the Chitalishtes with the knowledge and skills for applying the AGORA approach in their future community work.




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