The Dialog of Transformation methodology developed by EDU SMART consists of 4 methods:
1. Social Solidarity
2. Cultural Reality
3. Intercultural Willingness
4. Multicultural Existence
Active citizenship is about the growth of confidence, skills, knowledge and attitude of volunteers and the communities in which they engage. It can also act as a building block for promoting good governance and helps to strengthen democracy. In its approach to citizenship.
Citizenship can be a status linked to rights and obligations but also an active practice which is at the heart of our approach which defines active citizenship as:
• Strengthening skills, attitudes, knowledge, motivation and confidence to step forward
• Inspiring other people to take action
• Questioning and debating the status quo
• Being involved in decision making that affects our lives
• Influencing people in power (e.g. at community/regional/national and international levels)
The main aim of our workshops is a theory of change, which identifies, that active citizenship is promoted through community level volunteering, working with
local organisations to support people within communities to act individually and collectively to shape their own development. This is achieved through volunteer placements to support the development of community volunteering programmes, direct training and support to community volunteers, and capacity building for organisations supporting community volunteering and for the businesses too.
We support the development of national networks of volunteer involving and placing organisations. The purpose of these networks ranges from knowledge sharing on best practice, research, influencing national policy, volunteering promotion and recognition, to increasing access to volunteering opportunities. Active citizenship
is strengthened by supporting individuals and groups to engage and collaborate more in the life of their community through volunteering whilst creating formal and informal spaces for citizen engagement. These include community health volunteering initiatives, school management committees and youth clubs, through to advocacy or awareness raising campaigns