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12.3.2019

Youth Democracy Award 2018

Hold up the mirror to democracy! – Your project to strengthen and foster democracy

Youth Democracy Award 2018Participants of the Youth Democracy Award 2018 (© bpb)

On November 16th 2018 the Youth Democracy Award was awarded and once again projects from and for the youth who participate in democracy and try to strengthen it were honored. At this year's award ceremony at the Museum Koenig the winning project was announced and the 10-year anniversary of the Youth Democracy Award was celebrated: the project "Jugendkongress + Jugendkreativfestival MV" from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern was selected as the best project by the youth jury. The projects "Enhancing the understanding of Democracy among the girls in Kabale Municipality, south western Uganda" from Uganda, "Mobiler Infokiosk / A-Team - Schnittstelle für regionale Jugendbeteiligung" from Görlitz und "The Unseen Theatre's Vision School" from Bulgaria were also honored. The president of the Federal Agency for Civic Education Thomas Krüger presented the certificates to the representatives of the projects who could attend the award ceremony.

The audience were able to participate interactively with an anniversary quiz about 10 years of Youth Democracy. The cultural surprise, the rapper BickMack, could also ensure for excitement at the venue. Following the award ceremony some food and drinks were provided to keep up the good mood and to share some networking time.

Around 90 qualified applications were received, many of which impressed the youth jury with their sustainably and noteworthy social impact, thus proving that young people are highly motivated to participate in advancing and promoting democracy.

The Youth Democracy Award is presented as a part of the International Democracy Award Bonn. The Liberian Human Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee was awarded and honored for her commitment in Democracy, Women- and Human Rights. You can read more about it here: https://www.demokratiepreis-bonn.de/

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Youth Democracy Award Winner 2018

Youth Congress + Youth Creativity Festival (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
Voting at the age of 16, implementing environmental protection and creating an open democratic society. We do not let changes just occur, we create them. It is about positive answers about topics like rightwing extremism, injustices and inequality and contradiction.

The project yard Karnitz is being used as a meeting point and free space for self-realization and self-expression. We established the Youth Congress so we could voice our concerns. To sum it up we host the annual Youth Creativity Festival so everyone can participate in democracy and shape their future sustainably. The engagement and interaction with each other give us the courage to solve difficult societal problems.

The aim of the Youth Congress (enlisted in the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable development) is to create a space for networking and exchanging about topics that matter to the youth; and to show the population of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania that they are young people who want positive social change and strive towards it.

Acknowledgements

Enhancing the understanding of Democracy among the girls in Kabale Municipality, south western Uganda.
Our main goal is to enhance the understanding of Democracy among the young women in Kabale Municipality, southwestern Uganda. The project aims at creating a strong, free and participatory platform for youth, particularly young women to discuss their involvement in leadership. The project promotes the role of youth as the driving force of a viable democracy. The project will empower and strengthen youth, particularly young women, to both monitor and contribute to the advancement of democracy. Planned activities include sports (girls' football tournament), writing, drawing and painting world democratic leaders competitions, democracy walk in the streets of Kabale municipality, debates between youth and the local leaders and radio broadcasting.

"The Unseen Theatre's Vision School" at the Community Center "Otets Paisiy 1930" (Bulgaria)
We are the first and the only Shadow-Marionette-Masks theatrical troupe in world, which is made up of visually impaired actors who represent groups that are disadvantaged because of their belonging to ethnic, religious and sexual minorities. Our moto is "Accept the Different". Our project The Unseen Theatre's spectacle "Shadow of My Soul", breaks barriers in an area considered practically inaccessible for the blind people. We split up many areas in our project, but the main goal of the School of Vision is to give the entire society "new eyes" according to democratic values including in favor of integration of the people with special needs.

Mobile information kiosk / A-Team interface for regional youth involvement (Görlitz)
The A-Team mobilizes! We move with a converted caravan to different places in Görlitz, Germany from May to August. "Off to the hood!" is our motto. We want to escape from our bubble and meet young people in their neighborhood with the intent of their perception of their neighborhood. How is it living there? What is missing? Where do tensions and conflicts run high? Where can I participate? The program is linked with different actions and activities like table football, basketball or graffiti. The finale is the FOKUS Festival 2018 in Görlitz. The mobile Infokiosk, short MOIN, is a project of the A-Team interface for regional youth involvement.


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