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Betzavta International - Learning the language of democracy

Training Course

9-16 December 2015 | Armenia

A training course on innovative methods of democracy education based on the experiental learning approach Betzavta.
One of the ongoing challenges and important tasks for a democracy is to develop a democratic culture among its citizens. Democratic institutions certainly form an important base but without the development of corresponding attitudes among the people, they are running the risk to remain an empty shelf. A limited understanding of democracy is also affecting the approaches of democracy education, which often put an overemphasis on cognitive learning aspects, e.g. an understanding the procedural aspects of its institutions. Another challenge in this educational field is the limitation to an abstract discussion about the (dis-)advantages of different forms of democracy without making young people aware of their own attitudes and possible consequences for their own life and their immediate surroundings. Based on the shortcomings of traditional models of civic education the Betzavta approach was developed in Israel already in the 1980s and became later broadly adapted in the formal and non-formal sector in Germany. It promotes participation through a hands-on, experiential learning process during which participants are getting the chance to get into deep reflections on their own explicit and implicit attitudes towards democracy. Through an extensive work with dilemma based situations participants also have the chance to become increasingly aware of possible discrepancies between their self image and actions in concrete situations. Although Betzavta is gaining increasing international popularity due to its ability to connect with a wide range of important contemporary youth work topics (e.g. democratic decision making, conflict resolution, multiculturalism), international training offers in the field are still very rare. It was also deliberately chosen to implement the project in cooperation with EECA partner region + Russia as in most of the countries of the partner region a lack of democracy education practices can be clearly seen. A comparatively weakness of a civil society based on democratic values unfortunately still forms a characteristic of the post-soviet states and the capacity building of actors in the field with an innovative method will help to strengthen the existing initiatives in this area.

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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 24 participants

from Armenia, Belarus, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Russian Federation, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders


Mellem Education (Youth NGO)

Contact for questions:



Phone: 004520654223


Participation fee willl be 30€. Travel costs can be reimbursed up to the following amounts: Spain, UK, Russia 530 € Denmark, Germany 360 € Ukraine, Belarus 275 € Georgia 180€

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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