A series of events and activities are co-designed by participants from the administrative, educational, and non-governmental sectors to educate the new generation about the conditions necessary for the development of open democracy.
OPEN DEMOCRACY AND SELF-GOVERNANCE
The President-School-NGO Partnership for Open Democracy is a series of activities that began in September 2018. The project is based on the concepts of solidarity, democracy in practice, tolerance, equality, and cooperation to educate people about the necessary conditions required for the development of democracy. Recognising that the essence of self-governance is the community, the project has initiated inter-sectoral cooperation between offices, schools, NGOs, and individuals so that the project benefits the common good.
ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS COVER A RANGE OF TOPICS
Participants have the opportunity to participate in the culture of open democracy with the use of many tools, including dialogues, debates, deliberations, cognitive workshops, and educational trips. Open Democracy covers the topics of Polish-European integration, war and peace, the meaning of values, multiculturalism, the youth version of the European declaration,Łukasz the importance of civic activity, a story about the celebration of freedom and solidarity, the climate crisis, biodiversity, and many others. The Open Democracy project in Ostrołęka consists of 17 activities and events. Before implementing them, tasks are co-developed with young people so that they can, for example, actively moderate debates. Anyone can join the activities at any time. Besides civic deliberations and workshops, research and a diagnosis of the state are carried out as well. Meetings with culturally significant figures and communities are arranged, and educational trips organised.
ACTIVATING A NEW GENERATION OF CITIZENS
This cooperation aims to implement innovative practices and activate the new generation of Ostrołęka residents as Poles and as Europeans, based on mutual respect and comprehensive education. The cooperation of institutions and citizens from three social sectors (administrative, educational, and non-governmental) combines the dreams and uncompromising nature of young people, with the formality of officials, and the experience of civic activists. As a result, they can discover new opportunities to innovatively strengthen the civic urban community.
The local government community needs open, democratic, active citizenship of its inhabitants, and such attitudes can only be shaped in the process of modern, comprehensive education, and we do it in Ostrołęka.