The Power of the Open Circle

Training course: Η δύναμη του ανοικτού κύκλου - The Power of the Open Circle! Young people discover active citizenship

08.-15.6.2019 in Thessaloniki / Greece

The theme of this international training course hosted by ARSIS Thessaloniki is “active citizenship”. Youth workers, volunteers and youth activists from 20 countries discover together the potentials of the non-formal learning and active citizenship education for their local and international youth work, especially when working for and with young people from disadvantages communities. Under the “Power of the open circle” we collect ideas for a thoroughly active citizenship, which at the same time respect the rights of young people and encourage them to take initiative. We discover interactive methods like social circus, mobile school and activities from the Human Rights Education manual "Compass" and develop playful games and exercises for a pocket play manual.

Preliminary workshops and activities:

- Introduction Active Citizenship

- Active Citizenship and Youth work: Focus on young people

- Active Citizenship and society: How to support and challenge the society to see the potentials of young people for active citizenship

- With facts and empathy against Xenophobia and Prejudices

- Exchanging and getting to know each other as a method of intercultural youth work for more bridges and to challenge xenophobia

- Socio-cultural activity and method training: Play action, social circus and mobile school

- The Rights-based approach: Human Rights Education as a part of the concept of active citizenship

- Utopia, dream or reality? European and global citizenship

- Getting to know Council of Europe/European Youth Foundation

- Project Visits – Youth and Community Work in disadvantaged areas

- Walking Tour: Thessaloniki Excluded – urban places of Exclusion and Negligence

- Participation on the activity at the International day against the child labor



This seminar is part of e.p.a. project ”Power of the open circle! – Young people discover active citizenship!“, which includes training, networking and study seminars, the first one in Ceuta/ Spain in March, the second one in Thessaloniki/ Greece in June and the third one in Hamburg/ Germany in October 2019.

The programme leaflet can be downloaded here.



This project is supported by the European Youth Foundation and the Council of Europe.


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