Centre for Civic Initiatives

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Centre for Civic Initiatives

Lithuania
Project Stage:
Scaling
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
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Girvydas Duoblys is revolutionizing civic education in Lithuania by engaging students, teachers, parents, and whole communities in a school-run democratic model that stimulates civic involvement and initiative.

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Girvydas believes that civic education offers an opportunity to dramatically affect the world beyond school walls. By working through public schools, he connects with a diverse student body and gains access to an institution that is open to new ideas. He engages the student body in the student election process, revitalizes classroom learning through a dynamic curriculum, and offers leadership training and support for newly elected students. Through his national effort called Action Days, students identify and solve pressing problems in their local communities. With Girvydas's leadership, students are advocating for important initiatives, like public parks, greater support for single mothers, and student representation in local government. He has designed a set of experiential learning opportunities that also engage teachers, parents, local government authorities, and journalists. As a result, the community members witness the power of the democratic process firsthand and see concrete results from initiatives of their own design.