From the 2nd to the 8th of July OBESSU organised its Summer School in Prishtina, Kosovo. This event is part of the one-year project “Tools in Schools – Students get organised!” co-funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe and the Open Society Foundations.

During this week, 34 participants coming from OBESSU Member, Candidate and Affiliate Organisations had the chance to discuss how to promote youth participation and democratic citizenship, sharing among themselves best practices of Education for Democratic Citizenship at local and national level. Participants could explore new ways of building capacity of school students in advocacy and organisational management, new forms of activism, and at the end of the week they had the possibility to start planning local initiatives to be run in their own countries with their peers, focused on Education for Democratic Citizenship. The Summer School would also not be complete without the free moments in the city, and the Euro Cup football matches.

The week was very intensive. In the beginning participants explored the concepts of youth participation and democracy, trying to find a common understanding. Later on they experimented directly what is Education for Democratic Citizenship through arousing exciting role-playing game simulating a students’ council session. On days three and four, participants attended two different workshops (on advocacy and organisational development) according to their specific needs. Then they explored their own creativity and their ability to think “out of the box” with workshops of “Guerrilla Communication” and “Activist Theatre”, and finally they begun to plan their local peer-to-peer initiatives.

The prep-team (composed by Joanna and Sadri from OBESSU MOs, Ketie and Saša (Obessu PoT), Pina (OBESSU Board), with the support of Ela, Estel and Riccardo from OBESSU Secretariat) worked hard to offer to participants a great learning experience. But this could not have happened without the work made by our hosting organisation – the Kosovar Youth Council. You have been amazing, thank you so much!

Now it’s up to you dear participants, to give continuity to this amazing experience with your local peer-to-peer initiatives!

If you want to know how the local initiatives are developing, follow the #OBESSUDaP and the project “Tools in Schools” on our social media and this website!