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United 4 Change | Program for Young Political Activists 2020 is a 4-day course on public leadership held in a Webinar format (18-21 May 2020) – supplemented with a 3-day visit to the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France (16-18 November 2020) and addressed to young civic activists and community leaders interested in entering or growing their role in the public sector and politics.

The goal of the United 4 Change | Program for Young Political Activists 2020 is to equip 15 participants – civic activists from Europe and beyond (with some preference given to leaders from the Visegrad states) with a political toolkit – a set of fundamental skills required to successfully transition into the world of politics. Participants will take part in online expert lectures and work groups focusing on the common challenges facing democracies around the world. They will also attend the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France (November 2020) .

The program will utilize the hands-on methodology of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights that engages participants through a case study and hands-on method of instruction. This methodology encourages learning by doing and engaging other participants and lecturers in an open dialogue.

The program supports the Council of Europe and OSCEs mission of reinforcing democracy, human rights and rule of law on the European continent. It is organized in co-partnership with the European Academy of Diplomacy

The Program comprises of a 4-day Webinar course on public leadership (18-21 May 2020), supplemented with a 3-day visit to the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France (16 – 18 November 2020). 

The program will be divided into three modules that will offer participants practical knowledge & insights, master level skills trainings and know-how sharing with experienced politicians, representatives from civic society and fellow participants:

  • Thematic lectures