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Call for Participants: Council of Europe’s 2016 World Forum for Democracy, Strasbourg France (Fully Funded)

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Application Deadline: Monday 25th July 2016

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS : Democracy and equality – does education matter?
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As a response to the success of the 2015 edition of the World Forum on Democracy, the Joint Council on Youth has agreed to involve the youth sector of the Council of Europe, through the Youth Department, in the 2016 edition of the World Forum for Democracy.

The fifth edition of the Council of Europe’s World Forum for Democracy will engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on how education and democracy can reinforce each other and address the risks of new social divides.

The Forum will explore how education and democracy:

  • Nurture active citizens with critical and analytical skills, as well as other key democratic competences
  • Through grassroots innovation and bottom-up reform, promote and strengthen democracies and thereby help bridge social divides and improve opportunities for all The core content of the Forum will consist of discussions about successful initiatives and actions, which have real-life initiatives as a starting point. General guiding principles will then be drawn to encourage and support future policy responses and field action.

In this context, the Youth Department will invite 75 young people to participate and engage with decision-makers and opinion-formers in a reflection on the question of education today: its opportunities and limits, its various forms as well as real stories linked to formal, non-formal and informal education.

During the World Forum for Democracy
During the World Forum, participants will represent Youth and join the different labs. In order to be recognisable as “Youth Ambassadors”, the 75 participants will be asked to wear the commonly designed T-Shirt or accessories. Participants will be given particular roles in the labs and newsroom according to their interests and competences (rapporteurs, audience, critical thinkers…).
Altogether, young people should be active partners and contributors to this World Forum, bringing in own ideas and initiatives. Beyond the labs, the participants may organise parallel activities to make their voices heard and present their visions of education and democracy (flashmobs, creative walls, living library, storytelling etc…).

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be selected and participate in the World Forum 2016, applicants should:

  • Be aged 16-30 (exceptions can be made in special cases);
  • Be resident in one of the 50 signatory States of the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe; 20 places will be made available for participants from other regions outside the European continent;
  • Be able to communicate and work in English;
  • Be actively involved in civil society Democracy initiatives;
  •  Be motivated to contribute to developing new ideas on youth and democracy;
  •  Be supported by a youth organisation or network or informal group working on democracy; some non-organised individuals will also be accepted;
  •  Be ready to share own challenges faced in relation to education and learning;
  •  Be ready to adopt a solution-oriented approach by bringing in new ideas and visions of democracy and education;
  •  Be ready to dream education;
  •  Be available to participate fully in the World Forum for Democracy and the preparation process beforehand.

Financial and practical conditions of participation

Working language
The common working language of the event will be English. Candidates must be able to use English independently in order to be able to work and communicate efficiently.

Travel expenses

  • Travel expenses and visa costs will be reimbursed upon presentation of the relevant receipts, according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Only the participants who attend the entire event (pre-Forum meeting and World Forum) can be reimbursed.
  • The payment will be made by bank transfer after the World Forum. Prepaid tickets for travel can be arranged in exceptional and justified cases.

Application, procedure and selection of participants
All candidates must apply in 2 parts:
1. An online application form should be completed via this link: http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms
2. A short 1 minute video should be posted on YouTube, with the link attached to the online application form (see instructions below).

The organising team will select 75 participants on the basis of the profile outlined above. The selection will also take into account balance between genders, geographical regions, different types of experiences, organisations, institutions and projects. A waiting list may be established. Candidates will be informed if their application has been accepted or rejected, and if they have been put on the waiting list, by Tuesday 13th September 2016.

Please note that selected participants requiring a visa to come to Strasbourg will need to start visa procedures immediately after being informed of their selection.

Accommodation

  • Board and lodging are provided and paid for by the Council of Europe (arrival on Friday 4th November and departure on Thursday 10th November).
  • Participants will be accommodated at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg (EYCS).
  • The EYCS is fully accessible to young people with disabilities and ready to adapt to young people’s special needs in order to ensure full inclusion and quality working conditions.

Deadline for applications

  • The application form must be submitted on-line before Monday 25th July 2016 (midnight CET), together with a support letter from your NGO/sending organization if this is appropriate.
  • In case of technical problems with the use of the platform, please send an e-mail to WFDYouth@coe.int .

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Council of Europe’s 2016 World Forum for Democracy

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