STUDEM - Step Up for Democracy
Long term project in Balti, Moldova
STUDEM is a project aiming to strengthen youth democracy in Balti through the establishment and coordination of youth councils. The project, which is a joint effort between the local youth orgnisation CREED and Silba, aims to strengthen overall Moldovan democracy by creating democratic habits for young people.
Working with local young people in ages between 16 and 35, the project has developed a forum for young people to express their opinions and learn about democratic practices and processes. This strategy of process-learning introduces the Moldovan youth to democratic principles based on dialogue, accountability and cooperation. Not only do they learn about the structural composition of decision-making entities and institutions, but they’re also introduced and trained in budgeting, leadership, social entrepreneurship and inclusivity. The entire project takes a broad focus on voluntarism, equality and transparency, in order to create a lasting democratic perception amongst the participants.
The project was launched in 2016 where the project-group was established and work on planning the project was initiated and a series of youth councils were created. Since then, several training sessions have been held to help the local participants in understanding democratic processes and build their own influence. A long-term goal for the project is also to help create a network between the participating youth councils through a series of networking events that started in November 2018.
The daily organisation of the project is done by a project group consisting of Moldovan coordinators from CREEDD and Danish coordinators from Silba. These coordinators are paired on specific areas of importance, so every aspect of the project is overseen by a member of each organisation. This is done both to ensure that the project remains a joint venture, but also as part of the project itself where the Moldovan and Danish participants learn from each other.