While corruption scandals boom in Brazilian politics, the country’s youngsters remain silent. Brazilian youth is one of the many groups marginalized from politics, not prepared to understand how it functions and what is their role as citizens in a democracy. To change this reality, we want to empower youth to participate actively in society, raising their awareness about: 1) how is power organized in our country, 2) what are our fundamental rights and 3) how can we hold politicians and decision-makers accountable of the choices they make.
We’ll promote panels and workshops in our city’s high schools, tackling power structure, political participation and citizenship. It’s not only about democratizing the access to this kind of information, but presenting it in a cool and young way, using pictures, comics, videos, songs and online media tools. We’ll also reach university students by organizing symposiums about Human Rights: issue of global importance, directly connected with politics, but insufficiently focused in Brazilian universities. The seminars will be interdisciplinary and will count with prominent speakers.
Cida[dh]ania will then contribute to the education of Brazilian youngsters on human rights and citizenship. The project will foster a culture of activism and political participation among an average of 600 high-schoolers and 100 university students directly reached. Thus, hopefully, we’ll wide youth perceptions and attitudes on social responsibility and engage them in a changemaking life style.
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