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Watchdog School – 2 regions

Project Promoter: Sieć Obywatelska Watchdog Polska
Proposal: 1st thematic call
Co-financed from the program: 101 975,00 EUR
Partners: None
Duration time: 01.10.2021-30.09.2023

Within the project two regional editions of the School of Watchdog Initiatives will be held, and the knowledge developed will be made available in the form of an online course. The School is a series of in-person and online training sessions for people acting locally, interested in watchdog activities and responsible governance. One training cycle lasts approximately six months and consists of three full-time sessions and 10 webinars. The goals of the project are: to prepare 40 people acting locally for systematic and effective watchdog work; to gather knowledge, experience and ideas for action that can be used by other people throughout Poland; to strengthen and network the local watchdog community in Poland. The current edition is attended by people who already have some watchdog experience. Some of them are active in some formalized initiative, but most of them are citizens for whom civic control is an additional activity. They want the municipality to be a friendly place and they try to improve something or convince the officials to make a change for the better. 9 out of the 10 planned webinars have already taken place. During the 3-day training in Wroclaw the participants planned their activities in a specific thematic area, e.g. observance of students’ rights, public communication strategy, or a platform for social consultations in the municipality.