Active citizenship  is for many of us empty slogan and the idea that its not reflected in reality. It is a very old concept, already used by Aristotle and then re-used by John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jacques Rousseau. The main idea of ​​active citizenship  is to act independent from state institutions, and to be aware of a common goals.

The main issue in the pursuit of active citizenship is  awareness that we live in a community, awareness of the problems, needs and willingness to act. Of course, the action may have different dimensions here, but in my opinion, the highest level is to take our own initiatives, without the impetus from external institutions.

Why am I writing about? Because that’s the issue ofactive citizenship was devoted to the training of young people from Erasmus + project in Malta, where  I had the opportunity to participate.  Everything with help of TDM2000 Polska is a Polish branch of the TDM2000 network. TDM 2000,  promotes personal and professional development of young people aiming to make them active citizens in the societies they live in.

In project we had participants  from Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Polish, Romania, Turkey and the UK.
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The main topic of the meeting was the impact of non-formal education to the pursuit of social commitment. During training, we had to prepare movies, do interviews with the local people, hosting discussions and participate in special workshops.
The term active citizenship is often blurred. I noticed that the post-communist countries, it has a completely different meaning. Engaging in pro-social projects in Western countries is far higher. More people there are involved in NGOs. In Poland, social activity is still evocative of the „social act” , which was, actually obligatory for everyone,  is a pity because now we lose a lot of opportunities because of this. 

One of the most interesting examples discussed during training was ” ladder of youth participation”

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It shows the degrees of involvement of young people in society. I don’t want to  estimate what kind particiaption is better, this ladder shows only  the difference between independent initiatives and those controlled by adults.

I hope and Pruszkow(my city)  will engage young people more. I must admit that this is one of our main goals this year for our team. On our website we also have the pleasure to host some very young and passionate journalists who, despite his young age, writing great lyrics. In a few days we will have the pleasure to publish the results of the project from our local  high school students :)

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I personally do not believe in the cristal idea of civil society, but I think we can be closer or move away from the idea. Our webpage P was created just for this idea, and I hope it works well as engine to encourage  local society to independently actions and to  create new projects for common interest.

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Steps to active citizenship Piotr Łuczyński EnglishPiotr Łuczyński
Active citizenship  is for many of us empty slogan and the idea that its not reflected in reality. It is a very old concept, already used by Aristotle and then re-used by John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jacques Rousseau. The main idea of ​​active citizenship  is to act independent from state institutions,...
<p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">Active citizenship  is for many of us empty slogan and the idea that its not reflected in reality.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">It is a very old concept, already used by Aristotle and then re-used by John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and Jacques Rousseau.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">The main idea of ​​active citizenship  is to act independent from state institutions, and to be aware of a common goals.</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">The main issue in the pursuit of active citizenship is  awareness that we live in a community, awareness of the problems, needs and willingness to act.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">Of course, the action may have different dimensions here, but in my opinion, the highest level is to take our own initiatives, without the impetus from external institutions.</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">Why am I writing about?</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">Because that's the issue ofactive citizenship was devoted to the training of young people from Erasmus + project in Malta, where  I </span>had the opportunity to participate.  Everything with help of<a href="http://tdm2000.pl"><strong> TDM2000</strong></a> Polska is a Polish branch of the TDM2000 network. TDM 2000,  promotes personal and professional development of young people aiming to make them active citizens in the societies they live in. In project we had participants  from Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Italy, Malta, Polish, Romania, Turkey and the UK. <a class="fancybox" style="font-style: inherit; color: #47b1d1;" href="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/10253989_10152739272278732_122463069596782538_n.jpg" rel="fancybox"><img class="wp-image-4804 aligncenter" src="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/10253989_10152739272278732_122463069596782538_n.jpg" alt="10253989_10152739272278732_122463069596782538_n" width="691" height="415" /></a> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">The main topic of the meeting was the impact of non-formal education to the pursuit of social commitment.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">During training, we had to prepare movies, do interviews with the local people, hosting discussions and participate in special workshops.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">The term active citizenship is often blurred.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">I noticed that the post-communist countries, it has a completely different meaning.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">Engaging in pro-social projects in Western countries is far higher. M</span><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">ore people there are involved in NGOs.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">In Poland, social activity is still evocative of the "social act" , which was, actually obligatory for everyone,  is a pity because now we lose a lot of opportunities because of this. </span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">One of the most interesting examples discussed during training was " ladder of youth participation"</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><a class="fancybox" style="font-style: inherit; color: #47b1d1;" href="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/partycypacja-mlodziezy-drabina.png" rel="fancybox"><img class="aligncenter wp-image-4809" src="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/partycypacja-mlodziezy-drabina.png" alt="participation-youth-ladder" width="573" height="577" /></a></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">It shows the degrees of involvement of young people in society.</span> I don't want to  estimate what kind particiaption is better<span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">, this ladder shows only  the difference between independent initiatives and those controlled by adults.</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">I hope and Pruszkow(my city)  will engage young people more.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">I must admit that this is one of our main goals this year for our team.</span> <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">On our website we also have the pleasure to host some very young and passionate journalists who, despite his young age, writing great lyrics.</span> I<span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">n a few days we will have the pleasure to publish the results of the project from our local  high school students :)</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><a class="fancybox" style="font-style: inherit; color: #47b1d1;" href="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/10487588_10152743350329403_8191846234776420474_n.jpg" rel="fancybox"><img class=" wp-image-4807 aligncenter" src="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/10487588_10152743350329403_8191846234776420474_n.jpg" alt="10487588_10152743350329403_8191846234776420474_n" width="690" height="518" /></a></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">I personally do not believe in the cristal idea of civil society, but I think we can be closer or move away from the idea.</span> Our webpage <span class="notranslate" style="font-style: inherit;">P was created just for this idea, and I hope it works well as engine to encourage  local society to independently actions and to  create new projects for common interest.</span></p> <p style="color: #555555;"><a class="fancybox" style="font-style: inherit; color: #47b1d1;" href="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1503287_10205672334348328_2373567237514664134_n.jpg" rel="fancybox"><img class="wp-image-4808 aligncenter" src="http://pruszkowmowi.pl/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1503287_10205672334348328_2373567237514664134_n.jpg" alt="1503287_10205672334348328_2373567237514664134_n" width="687" height="456" /></a></p>