Sinal Do Vale Partners With The British Council For Active Citizens Programme
Last week, the British Council, Fellow Member Sinal do Vale, and the NGO RECODE launched Active Citizens in Brazil for the first time. They will implement Active Citizens, a community leadership methodology in Baixada.
Active Citizens is a social leadership training programme that promotes intercultural dialogue and community-led social development.
Working with its partners around the globe, The British Council trains participants in the skills and knowledge needed to affect social change in their communities. Through the programme, people with different beliefs and perspectives learn from and share with each other.
In Brazil, they are working in partnership with Sinal do Vale, who campaign for sustainable environmental change and RECODE, who focus on digital empowerment.
Partners identify facilitators who are trained in the skills they need to deliver the Active Citizens training to others. Following their training, they use the Active Citizens toolkit to design and deliver the training programme to participants in their local communities.
On Sept 29 and 30 2016 Active Citizens Brazil conducted its first training with members of NGOs that work with social projects in Baixada.
The two organisations delivered training to 22 participants. The group of participants have now returned to their communities where they will start to develop their Social Action Projects with a focus on reducing poverty among youth, girls and women.
Active Citizens connects thousands of like-minded people who collectively want to make a fairer and more inclusive society.
It has been delivered to diverse groups, from rural communities in North-West Frontier Province Pakistan to urban communities in East London UK. It has supported communities vulnerable to post-election violence in Kenya and internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka.
Since its launch in 2009 to April 2016, it has worked in 45 countries worldwide with over 525 partner organisations. Through these partners 4,688 facilitators have been trained and 155,078 Active Citizens have designed and implemented 6,232 social action projects.
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