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Иллюстрированная брошюра о деятельности и достижениях проекта "Совершенстование демокератического образования для молодежи Казахстана в 2016г." доступна для свободного скачивания на сайте СРЦ в разделе Публикации.


Социологический ресурсный центр объявляет о выходе в свет иллюстрированной брошюры и о мероприятиях Проекта «Совершенствование демократического образования для молодежи Казахстана» в 2016 году. Тираж ограничен.  Электронная версия брошюры будет доступна для скачивания на сайте СРЦ www.socres.kz  с 15 февраля 2017г.


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Project: Strengthening Democracy Education for Youth in Kazakhstan.

Youth in Kazakhstan is intensively growing population especially at South part of country. Currently Kazakhstan has more than 7,700 elementary and secondary schools (grades one through eleven) attended by approximately 2,523 million students. 175 specialized secondary schools with national minorities languages (Uzbek and Tajik) classes.  South Kazakhstan region alone has 1,022 elementary and secondary schools attended by approximately 0,523 million students. The SRC will be in close cooperation with the local entities of Ministry of Education and Science in order to organize Project Action activities with pupils in two regions. Kazakhstan has made some significant progress in the development of democracy, but still confronts a number of challenges in efforts to improve and promote democratization in the country and especially in rural areas where strong ‘old soviet traditions’ still remain. Political reforms over last twenty years have led to the rise of a decisive, new, politically conscious generation of young leaders. Such a new generation has arisen in spite of reforms and, in some cases, as a reaction against them. But newly generations are unable or unwilling to demand opportunity, accountability and in-exclusivity in decision-making. The idea of equal rights for all citizens, responsible leaders and effective governing institutions has remained largely out of reach. Most of today’s population in rural areas has no direct recollection of the Soviet period. A growing majority of people are under 25 years, now the youth under 25 years constitutes approximately 40 per cent of population in the country, and in rural areas they over than half of population. Unfortunately, for many young people, the notion of “democracy” is equated with unemployment, graft or official corruption. For others, the fusion of technology with their daily lives has opened a window of possibility. Rural areas are a key example of the struggle between democracy and disarray. Young persons in Kazakhstan increasingly rely on the Internet and social media to get their news and to communicate with their peers. Youth-led online informational campaigns have raised awareness and motivated thousands of youth to be politically aware and active in promoting change in their communities. Youngest voters played an important role in all last elections such as for local councils, parliamentary or presidential, in which the number of participating first-time voters hit an all-time high. The youth of Kazakhstan are restless, and play an outsized role in chasing successive governments from power. Considering that civic education enables youth to know about their basic rights and responsibilities, it did not become a component of education in local state schools in which students at an early age are taught about their role and responsibilities as effective citizens of the country. Thus, the local pupils are not aware of their moral and social responsibilities that lead to the welfare of the country wholly. Majority of population and parents are ignorant about their rights and responsibilities and the concept of civic education. As youth is the backbone of a country, they can play a vital role in its progress. Unfortunately, a majority of young people are not aware of the spirit of civic activism and civic education. It is the need of the hour to include civic education in the curriculum of schools, colleges as well as of universities. Considering that change doesn’t come in a short period the work should begin at the beginner’s level first. Small inspiring efforts in the form of active citizenship can lead to a positive change in society. Lack of civic engagement and civic literacy among local youth is wide spread, however, students often do not have the civic knowledge, the higher-order civic intellectual skills, and the civic dispositions necessary to connect civics facts and concepts to the responsibilities of citizenship. Although many state policymakers and educators give lip service to the importance of civic education in the schools, in reality state policies and school practices often fail to provide students with the civic education they deserve.

Developing of learning civic education program in over 30 schools across two Kazakhstani regions with specific focus on rural areas. Providing teachers and students with materials, tackling current events and related social issues, in order to raise civic awareness, develop critical thinking, and encourage active civic participation in high school students. Encouraging teens to study concepts associated with democracy and citizenship with a critical eye on what is being done in Kazakhstan in these areas, and learn the skills needed for affecting social change. Educate youth to work with local authorities, elected officials, the media, and community agencies to bring about changes by means of formal applications, organized demonstrations, petition campaigns, and raising public awareness.      Jointly with national human rights institutions and local public bodies developing a strategy of democracy education for children and youth, curricular for civic education in secondary and high schools in Kazakhstan in different local languages. Encouraging children and youth from vulnerable and low represented social groups to study democracy and civil participation. This is also the follow of last th UN UPR regarding to Kazakhstan. Women's participation and representation in the political realm and the overall topic of gender equality are vital components to the consolidation of a democracy in the offered Project.                                                     

Project works on three main types of activities: 

-Training and education on democracy and civil society, set up forum of discussion and youth clubs in each area where the Project will work,                                            

-Study visits for young leaders and Develop E-Democracy on the ground as technology for civic education and inclusion,                                                                 

-Development of National Strategy on Human Rights and Civic Education.                 

Providing training and education: Providing training and education to young leaders and other youth on democratic principles and practices such as pluralism, local governance, transparency, and tolerance. Project will also offer youth to learn skills for conflict resolution, problem solving, and constructive dialogue to bring an effective change in the social and political live of Kazakhstan. The project will also focus its activity on youth in rural areas and for minorities groups. As part of a youth training project in Kazakhstan the Project will provide training to over 300 high school seniors and university students on democracy, non-violence, conflict resolution, and multiculturalism. It is expected that either project team member or trained school teachers will provide training on civil education in all 30 schools. Within this type of activity Project will launch three ToT (training of trainers) sessions for school teachers who suppose to be trainer for civic education on the ground. Lump number of trainers who will take a part of these events is 40. It is expected to conduct 15 two days training sessions in two regions.                                                                         

Lessons for training sessions:        

Lesson 1. To be a citizen.

Lesson 2. Foundations of  Democracy.                                                                       

Lesson 3. Concepts of Authority, Privacy, Responsibility, Justice.                                                                                                                                                            

Lesson 4. Becoming a voter.                                                                                                

Lesson 5. Mediation and peaceful conflict resolution.                                              

Lesson 6. Multiculturalism                                                                                          

Lesson 7. Tolerance, equality and diversity.

Lesson 8. Preventing Religious and other forms of extremism.

 Summer school.                                                                                                          

  It will be organized one Summer  school on human rights as three days youth camp. In each summer sessions approximately 25 school students and young community leaders will take a part. Lump number of participants in summer/winter schools is 25. On the end year of Project it will be organized larger  event Festival of Democratic Youth. It is expected that approximately 75 young people from two regions of Kazakhstan will take a part in this event. The Summer School on Human Rights and Civic Education will offer a three days course focusing on the achievements and failings of the human rights system in addressing social, political and economic inequalities specifically affecting different social groups. During an intensive three day course students will be guided in examining critically how the human rights system engages with social, gender inequalities, assessing international policies and strategies and discussing the social-based differential treatment that in practice exists in a variety of different areas. The course thus offers an opportunity to deepen, from a social-based perspective, the understanding of how human rights work and are being implemented in practice. Good and bad practices are also examined with a view to strengthen the capacity of the participants to promote public policies and strategies and become active actors of change. In order to achieve its stated aims, the following areas will be discussed during the course: International Human Rights Law, standards and strategies, Social inequalities related to: access to justice, access to resources an enjoyment of economic rights, participation in decision and policy-making processes, sexual and reproductive health, enjoyment of cultural rights, violence against women,  labor migration. The Summer School on Human Rights and Civic Education will take place in one of geographical regions of country in order to keep geographical coverage: Shymkent  or Kokshetau. They will consist of some theoretical lectures with roundtable discussions, dynamic case studies and practical exercises. The faculty/trainers will be composed of prominent human rights activists, lawyers and public figures from different regions. In this unique learning environment, participants will have the opportunity to interact with international recognized expert, meet peers and build lasting professional relationships with young professionals and students from all over the country. This intense experience fosters intercultural dialogue and a deeper understanding of some of the most complex and debated issues. The courses will gather participants from many different social and ethnic groups and regions. Courses materials will be prepared on three languages.                                         

ToT (training of trainers)                         

The Project aims to promote a culture of human rights and inclusiveness in schools. To reach this goal, it offers support and training to educators in the form of roundtable debates, workshops and programs related to human rights and inclusiveness in the school environment. Educators can contribute to the quarterly newsletter of the program and become part of the educators' network promoting human rights and inclusiveness over the region. The Project’s program looks at how young people can work with local government to change their communities for the better the project will develop this part of Action jointly with school administrations. In this way on the web site of SRC will be created a portal for Civic education e-learning. The e-learning program will introduce at least 15 localized and developed e-lessons, covering various curricular materials in Kazakh, Uzbek and Russian languages. Upon best international experience in teaching civic education all materials will be elaborated and adopted to local context of society. It is forecasted that approximately 11,000 users may join E-democracy learning program over all Kazakhstani regions. The project will strongly encourage mass media coverage of Project Action on local level. The relationship between media and civic education is a strong and profound one, represented in the reflection of the foundations of civic education on the ethics and behavior of media professionals.                                                                                                            

Civic Education is one of the factors that contribute to the search for truth and dealing with news credibility. From this point it comes the production of the manual "Youth for Change: Media and Civic Education" which aims at creating a generation of promising young media students in the local schools. The manual will seek to define the key terms in both fields and to introduce human rights and the rights of journalists. It will shed the light on the culture of democracy, introduce the basics of media writing with all its varying types ranging from the article to the press report to the investigative report; and points out the similarities and differences between these types. Moreover, it will sharpen the skills of students by providing them with the cognitive tools needed for working on a project such as leadership, time management and conflict resolution skills. It also aims at encouraging students to participate in community service activities