TRAINING REPORT OF ACTION 1.3 “E-DEMOCRACY” PROJECT

The “E-democracy” Action 1.3 project was realised on 19-25 March 2013 in Ankara with participation of 28 young people from Estonia and Turkey. The aim of the Project is to enable the young people in the information society to grasp the concept of “e-democracy”, recently being common but to be one of the most important arguments of participation and democracy in the future and increase their awareness about the concept. During the Project activity period young people implemented activities by usage of non-formal learning methods. Our participants came on 19.03.2013 and left on 25.03.2013.

1st Day (20.03.2013)
After breakfast the participants gathered for the project activity. First the activation of the participants were enabled by the energizing activity called “names ball” and also they were enabled to learn each others’ names. Then the ice breaking work named “early in the morning” was performed and confidence gain was tried. After that, information was provided related the aims, objectives and activities of the project. Then the fears and expectations of the participants were received with the activity called fear and expectation tree and fears were tried to decrease. In general language problem was seen as fear, e-democracy concept, working method of policy in Turkey and getting to know Turkish culture as expectations. Afterwards the participants were asked to present their organizations creatively. Here 4 organisations from two countries were presented. After presentation of organizations the participants were enabled to know each other closer and also a dynamic was formed among the group. After lunch talk was made on active citizenship and the participants defined the concept in groups and 5 common keywords were found. The participants decided not to find 5 common keywords and not to vote after having discussions among their group. Here the fact that no consensus was reached was emphasized. Daily evaluation was received by asking questions to participants in groups and with positive feedbacks the day was finished. In the feedbacks the first day activities were evaluated as funny and energizing.

2nd Day (21.03.2013)
After breakfast the day was started with the energizing activity named ”passing glass”. Afterwards the participants were divided into groups with the activity called “the wind blows for...”. These groups were asked to establish their own rule on a remote island with the activity called “democracy island” and demanded to present the policies they would implement in the administration of the island. The groups entered a competition between each other. As a solution it was observed that different groups put priority on vital problems (water, food, accommodation etc.) as priorities. One of the groups brought a suggestion of solution to stay there permanently. When asked in the evaluation they stated that they thought this would be right way to do. During presentations the groups found the best project by having a selection among themselves. With the evaluation made afterwards the spot which the activity wished to reach was determined. Thus the participants gained information about active participation by experiencing it. In addition they demonstrated a nice example of direct democracy. With the group dynamic activity named “ball cycling” contribution was made to the cooperative working spirit. During lunch everybody was made to participate in the facebook group and by this the views and suggestions about the project activities were taken. Thus the relation of digital competence of the project was addressed. Afterwards with the workshop implementation named “digital society, digital citizenship”, the relation between the societies and individuals with digitalization since the past till today. As the participants were formed of young people the interest was observed as much. Then the participants were asked to describe the day with the postcards distributed and the evaluation of day was taken. The fact that discussion opportunity was abundant was observed to be appreciated by the participants.

3rd Day (22.03.2013)
After breakfast the day was started with the energizing activity named “head and shoulder massage”. Afterwards the participants were mixed and divided into groups by the activity called “eye-contact”. A representative ancient Greek parliament was formed and the participants were asked to answer the questions “who should have the right to vote? Who should not have the right to vote? Who should participate in elections? In which way should young people participate in management? Should there be a limitation?” after negotiating with their political parties (groups). After group discussions the parliament opened and the questions were discussed and tried to be resolved. The groups were asked to act as political parties. In addition they were informed that they could object and give proposals to decisions individually. Among the proposals given, young people’s freedom of being elected till 18 years and reservation of at least 2 young people below 30 years in the cabinet were noted as significant. Young people should work actively in NGO’s and cooperation between democracy and NGO should be increased. In the issue of participation in elections the question of soldiers’ participation became a subject of discussion. And no consensus was reached. By this activity the participants were informed about the importance of inclusion. Afterwards contribution was made for the group dynamic called “apple game”. After lunch the participants were made to tell lies for the activity “true lies”. And truth was tried to be reached. With the discussion made afterwards the importance of transparency was told and discussion was made on ways of providing it. Afterwards the evaluation of the day was made by finding a nice saying expressing the day. The saying of the day was spotted as “if you are young, then fight”. Impression was received that the day was spent in a very different and nice atmosphere.

4th Day (23.03.2013)
After breakfast everybody gathered together for the activities. The day was started with the energizing work called “leader is moving”. Afterwards discussion was created about the tools of e-democracy and how they are used and could be improved after demonstrating various examples from the world and local. Best examples from Estonia and Turkey was presented and compared. Groups demonstrated their presentations about the commonness and usage of tools of “e-democracy” in their countries. In addition the Estonian group also presented the education system in their country. Information was provided also about education system in Turkey. In the evaluations made it was seen that Estonia was farther than Turkey and the concept had recently started to be disseminate in Turkey. E-government was mentioned. Then the participants dated at different hours of the day and had the opportunity to get to know each other closer by meeting with the activity called “appointment”. After lunch the participants were asked to divide into groups and form their examples of “e-democracy” with the activity called “the wind blows for...”. Different projects were proposed and discussed (such as asking the ideas of people of a city where a dam would be built.). And their feasibility was discussed. Talk was made about the contributions of the system. It was seen that quite creative ideas were risen. Afterwards the participants were made to evaluate the day by expressing the most remembered aspect of the day. Especially the education systems were observed to be noted.  

5.Gün (24.03.2013) After breakfast the day was started with the energizing activity named “finding your chair”. After mobilization of the participants they were given different identities. For example young, disabled, minority, homosexual, poor, immigrant, student, woman, worker, peasant, etc. By addressing these identities they were enabled to find how to use e-democracy and what kind of contributions they could have? With the group discussions were implemented on these issues. Emphasis was put on the fact that disadvantaged groups always experienced problems but the “e-democracy” concept contributed positively to this issue. After lunch the participants were asked to form two groups as people of today and people of the past. Person of the past told the life without e-democracy with drama, person of today told the life with e-democracy with drama. A very funny and teaching work was created. Afterwards a discussion was implemented on the benefits of e-democracy. As a result the evaluation of the day and the project was made with the participants. The feedbacks were generally positive.

PROJECT ACTIVITY AGENDA
E-DEMOCRACY Action 1.3 ANKARA - ŞEREFLİKOÇHİSAR


1st day:
09.30- Official opening-introduction of project
10.00- Meeting Plays-Ice breakers
10.30- expectations-fears
11.00- coffee break
11.30-Group dynamic activity - abigail actitiy
13.00--lunch
14.00-democracy and active citizenship-workshop
15.30- coffee break
16.00-democracy and active citizenship
17.00-evaluation of day
(cultural night)
2nd day:
09.30- Energizers
10.00- discussion: Participation? How?
11.00- Coffee break
11.30-group dynamic activity- apple and democracy
13.00-lunch
14.00-seminar: digital society? Digital citizenship?
15.30- coffee break
16.00- democracy island- youth participation
17.00- evaluation of day
(Turkish night)

3rd day:
09.30-Energizers
10.00- Simulation work: do not be included, include yourself: active citizenship
11.00-coffee break
11.30- group dynamic activity - pear hunt: identities
13.00-lunch
14.00-I am transparent and you?: workshop
15.30-coffee break
16.00-chaos: roleplay-drama activity
17.00-evaluation of day
(organisation presentations)
4th day:
09.30- Energizers
10.00- Workshop: We are learning how to use e-democracy tools
11.00-Coffee break
11.30- group dynamic activity: name ball
13.00- lunch
14.00- youth on the stage: we are developing e-democracy tools
15.30- coffee break
16.00- presentations
17.00- evaluation of day
(free time/participant views)
5th day:
09.30- Energizers
10.00-Simulation work: role of youth in local governance
11.00- coffee break
11.30-workshop: responsible citizens
13.00- lunch
14.00- project evaluation and results
15.00- Release of certificates/outputs
16.00- Farewell meeting

 

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This project has been funded with support from the  European Commission.   Project Number is TR-E25-2012-R2. 
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