Locally Engaged and Globally Connected
What is the ‘Active Citizens’ programme?
Active Citizens is a non-profit programme that promotes community cohesion and improvement through civic engagement or volunteering in around 38 countries. Run by the British Council and partner organisations, it aims to increase the contribution of community leaders towards achieving sustainable development both locally and globally. It also encourages peer-to-peer relations across cultural, geographic and political boundaries via a lively online social network of participants, as well as occasional international exchange visits.
How is ‘Active Citizens’ delivered in Vietnam?
The Vietnam Active Citizens Project is implemented throughout the country in partnership with the Youth International Cooperation Development Centre (CYDECO) of Ho Chi Minh Central Communist Youth Union. In 2013, we have developed a national network of facilitators, who have been trained on a globally standardised curriculum developed by the British Council. The facilitators are equipped with skills in leadership, communication, citizenship, volunteering, Social Action Project delivery, fund raising, partnerships and network building. More importantly, the facilitators have been introduced to a new way of thinking and working as Active Citizens. It is expected that the facilitators, on return to their communities will be empowered to cascade the training as well as to work with others in local communities, to implement effective initiatives addressing local needs and challenges.
What has the programme achieved so far? Read the four blogs from participants who attended our most recent training in December 2013 below to find out.