Globally connected, locally engaged
Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.
Through the programme, we bring together people with different beliefs and perspectives to learn from and share with each other. Working with our partners around the globe, we train participants in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change in their communities.
'I thought that global connection is important, I was wrong! Now, after participating in Active Citizens ; I think that global connection is the only means to build any successful society' Ayman Elshahed attended Active Citizens in 2012 as a university student, implemented Social Action Project in Imbaba and now he established his own NGO which successfully builds the capacity of hundreds of Egyptians every year.
Our training highlights the following:
Step 1 - Me - Identity and culture
Participants get a better understanding of the concepts of identity and culture and apply their learning to understanding the beliefs, behaviour and attitudes of themselves and other people.
Step 2 - Me and You - Intercultural Dialogue
Participants learn methods of dialogue as a tool for building empathy, trust and understanding within and across cultures.
Step 3 - Local and Global Community - We together
Participants develop an understanding of ‘community’ and its relationship with identity and culture. The group apply their learning to their own community to identify the problem they would like to address and the people they need to engage to achieve their objectives.
Step 4 - Social Action Planning
Participants focus on planning a social action initiative in their community, considering the process in different levels of detail and complexity. This involves identifying and clarifying their agenda, a specific intervention and how they will deliver it.
A Glimpse of our Social Action Projects: