Debate, Discuss and Change (DDC)
31 Jan 2018
Project Title: Debate, Discuss and Change (DDC)
Lead Applicant: Jinishian Memorial Foundation (JMF)
Co-Applicant: Lori Development Centre (LDC) NGO
Co-Applicant: “Compass” research, training, and consultancy Centre NGO
Aim of the project
DDC project aims at empowering the youth in Yerevan, Vanadzor, Gyumri and Gavar trough providing them with a space and opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills in conducting efficient researches, as well as to identify and deepen their understanding on social, economic and civic hot issues, and to freely and openly express their ideas by participating in structured and public debates.
Target groups and beneficiaries
University students in Lori, Shirak, and Gegharkunik marzes, compared to their peers in capital city are more deprived from the opportunity to openly express their ideas, learn about alternative points of view, and therefore, shape their positions. Youth in those marzes need to co-operate with their peers from universities of Yerevan and feel that they not only have a voice in society, but also have access to information and knowledge, thanks to which they can integrate into society as a full member and not simply as passive inheritors of a dysfunctional and inequitable system.
DDC project directly targets about 500 students and university graduates (18-30 years of age) of in total 10 state universities from Yerevan (nearly 100 students), Gavar /Gegharkunik marz (nearly 100 students), Gyumri/ Shirak marz (nearly 150 students) and Vanadzor/Lori marz (nearly 150 students) keeping and considering the gender balance and diversity.
The indirect or final beneficiaries of the project are the other students/graduates of the universities/community youth (peers of the project direct participants), about 4,000 people in total: nearly 1,500 from Yerevan and 2,500 from Gavar, Gyumri, and Vanadzor, who will be indirectly influenced by the project activities. In addition, the universities’ administration/faculties and other stakeholders in the field of education will indirectly benefit from this project’s implementation.
The main activities of DDC project are the following:
Expected outcome and positive change brought by the project
DDC project includes almost all key elements for individual development. It provides the youth with necessary space and gives opportunity to exercise their rights and prepare themselves to positively contribute in development of a free and open democratic society throughout their lifetime. The project will foster the enhancement of three main pillars of individual development, which are necessary for any active citizen who cares about the future and wellbeing of his/her society and is ready to actively and productively participate in a process of democratisation. These three pillars are the knowledge, the skills and the attitude. Every debate club participant will build up his/her understanding on the world and will enhance his/her knowledge on global and local social, political and economic issues; will develop his/her research, presentation and analytical skills; and will become morally prepared and eager to actively participate in positive social change. The partner organisations’ collaboration within DDC project will develop their capacities, will make their activities more efficient, and will ensure continuity of the project results.