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Training - Youth Participation in Decision Making

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Within the project "Green Economy Initiative", funded by the European Union, a three-day training on "Youth Participation in Decision Making" was organised for high school students from the northern region of Montenegro. The training was attended by 26 students from the second and third grades of high school and 4 teachers.
The aim of this training was to educate young people and their empowerment to participate in decision making and to become more involved in community activities. Students had the opportunity to learn about effective participation in society, decision making, formulating public policies and improving youth participation in these processes. In order to strengthen the capacity of youth for involvement in decisions related to the environment, the students, in the second part of the training, had the opportunity to hear valuable information about the green economy, environmental protection, climate change, and to learn the mechanisms of peer education in order to transfer the lessons learned to their peers.

 The lecturers were Dragan Golubovic, PhD in Law, Mile Glavičanin, an ecologist and a representative of the NGO Natura and Mirjana Jolić, a pedagogue.
The training was carried out through short theoretical presentations, discussions, examples from practice and practical work within which the students through various exercises had the opportunity to show their creativity in solving various social problems, with the emphasis on environmental protection.
The following topics that were elaborated during the training: civil society, public policy, youth policy, youth organizations, organizations for the care of the young, the subjects of participation in public policies, public policies relevant to young people in Montenegro, organization of a public campaign for the development of local policies for youth, youth contribution to environmental protection, climate changes, green economy and peer education.
During the training, the students visited the National Park ″Biogradska gora″.

The implementation of this training is also supported by the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP within the small grants program "Promotion of protected areas and the impact of climate change on people's lives" and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro within Public Call for proposals for supporting organization of thematic events and gatherings in the period from October to December 2014, with the purpose of developing tourism in 2014.

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