Project Re-Start

The Project Re-Start endeavours to make a positive change in the community of Rimavská Sobota and all its surrounding region. The project “Re-Start” is supported by the programme ACF-Slovakia, which is funded by the EEA Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. The programme is managed by the Ekopolis Foundation in partnership with the Open Society Foundation Bratislava and the Carpathian Foundation. The Civic Association Naša Sobota has received a grant of € 39,327 for the project.

The project is aiming at a positive change of community in Rimavská Sobota and the surrounding region. The project´s goal is to increase citizens‘ interest in decision-making processes within the city, deepen their engagement in public affairs and broader social issues. The project also invites the involvement of local activists and public officials in the project activities.

The Project consists of the three parts:

  1. educating of current civic actors / leaders and local public actors in emerging social change,
  2. engaging the wider society in public affairs and decision-making by debating the hot topics, creating an online platform for citizens to become engaged in public affairs more easily,
  3. bringing up young leaders in volunteering and civil activism.

During the first part, there will be a total of four training sessions on:

  • – civic participation,
  • – how to prevent manipulation and conspiracy thinking,
  • – facilitation (conducting meetings),
  • – communication in conflict situation.

These trainings are designed to help local civic leaders and public officials in engaging citizens in public affairs.

In the second part, we will organize discussions with experts, led by an independent moderator, on hot topics that afflict the town’s citizens. Discussions will include expert opinions and arguments on the topic  discussed. For each discussion, representatives from regional and municipal politics will be invited. Discussions will be open to general public. The effort is for citizens to get sufficient amount of information and professional opinion on the selected topic.

The third part will be devoted to secondary school students. As a part of the LideRS programme launched by the Civic Association Naša Sobota, we will strive to bring up high school students in civic activism. We are planning to prepare two seminars for 15 students. The seminar would also include the preparation and implementation of a simple project for the community of Rimavská Sobota.

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