In November 2007 we have begun the realization of a project called INTERCULT 2008 - Academy of Democracy, whose task is to support civil and political education in Poland. The project is designed to strengthen and support Polish institutions involved in civil education of youth.
Its target groups are public schools and non-governmental organizations. The main aim of the project is to develop an education programme for youth and create a method handbook, as well as sharing experiences and innovative working methods with youth workers and teachers.
The project is meant to deal with problems of modern Poland, such as low voter turnout, insufficient involvement of citizens, especially the young ones, in public life and passive participation in the work of civil society institutions. Regular and well-conducted political and civil education may help to change that situation.
The project is run by Polish non-governmental organizations, which have been involved in youth education for many years: St. Maksymilian Kolbe's Reconciliation and Meeting Centre in Gdańsk, The Angelus Silesius Meeting Centre in Wrocław and European Meeting Centre - Nowy Staw Foundation in Lublin. These organizations build on the experience of the German Political Education Academy in Tutzing (Bavaria), which has been working on the same issues since 1957. Another partner of the project is the Civil Media Centre Bennohaus from Muenster, Germany.
The project is supported by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway,
using the funds from European Economic Area Financial Mechanism
Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the Polish budget's Fund
for Non-governmental Organizations.