Active Citizenship Workshops with Indian Youth

The first few months of our branch in India - Foundation for Community Consensus - have been very productive. We formed partnerships with different educational institutions to impact maximum numbers of youth in India through workshops and fellowship programs in active citizenship and participation.

Our summer fellowship ‘Governance, Public Policy & Leadership 2.1’ will be conducted in June 2019, in partnership with the UN Global Compact Network India, the Czech Embassy and The Ardee School. Aimed at school students, we have designed the curriculum around global best concepts, principles and practices of active citizenship and community consensus. Our partners offer lucrative internships and a youth diplomacy exchange program to the best students from the fellowship.

This is not all, for we are also working with university students this year. The question we are trying to answer for them is whether it is useful for a professional to know about global governance and public policy practices even if you’re an engineer or a manager in an IT company. The administration of JK Lakshmipat University in Jaipur share our belief that true professional leaders are a result of holistic education that includes elements of community leadership, responsible citizenship and active participation in decision-making processes. The FCC team was thus invited to JK Lakshmipat University for a workshop on these very principles.

On 14. - 15. February 2019, we were with MBA students for 2 days at JK Lakshmipat University in Jaipur (Rajasthan state). Core concepts of participatory democracy, active citizenship and the role of youth in public policy were introduced during the workshop that was spread over 2 days of 6 hours each. At the end of the session, students were enriched with different perspectives and innovations in governance systems and voting systems, inspired by the global use of the Janecek Method and motivated to experiment with roles in developing their community. Our experience made it to the media as well!