Globally connected, locally engaged
About the programme
Active Citizens programme builds citizens who are active and empowered to influence local and global decisions, and to promote sustainable peace and coexistence among cultures.
Active Citizens in Lebanon encourages community leaders to volunteer with our partner organisations in their areas and interact with other active citizens worldwide.
“for every person who loves to change, for every person who loves his country, I confidently tell him through Active Citizens programme you will be empowered to create the change you want in your community”
Ayman Touk, Zweitini Public Garden 2013 Social Action Project, Saida – Lebanon.
So far the programme has reached more than 5 million active citizens in more than 30 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
In Lebanon this year, following the Active Citizens toolkit training we have provided to more than 400 community activists, we have succeeded in bringing activists from different areas closer together.
How does Active Citizens work?
First, a key national issue is identified through a needs assessment. For example, in Lebanon, the key issue for 2013 was peace building and community cohesion; in other countries the key issue could be for instance youth unemployment or environmental protection.
Second, partnerships are formed with civil society organisations called ‘delivery partners’ who are prepared to deliver the programme locally.
The third stage is developing master trainers and facilitators of Active Citizens. These master trainers then build capacities of local facilitators who then cascade the Active Citizens programme in local communities.
The fourth stage is developing active citizens who can design and deliver social initiative called “social action projects” that aim to make a positive change in communities.
The last stage is to connect active citizens to a global network through international study visits and exchanges with other countries, as well as through online sharing and working on joint activities with communities around the world.
Learn more about the programme and be inspired by the achievements of other Active Citizens.
Partners in Lebanon
We are proud to be working with a number of local partners and civil society organisations and municipalities that vary in reach and experience. So far, since 2010, we have managed to train more than 2,000 participants across the country and benefited more than 5,000 community members. Our work involved different areas such as Saida, Tyre, Nabatieh, Beqaa, Hermel, Akkar, Chouf, Tripoli and many others.
The Active Citizens programme is designed to be flexible and therefore can be adapted to answer many issues. In addition to the five modules; identity and culture, dialogue, local and global citizenship, social action project and conflict resolution, other modules can be added such as gender balance, disability, social enterprise, and many others.