We define Active Citizens to be individuals who are empowered and informed about their rights, and protect these as diligently as they fulfill their associated responsibilities.
From a practical perspective, Active Citizens are individuals who are already freely engaging the on issues faced by their communities. We identify these individuals as part of our research, or they find us. They are then invited to follow our social media channels and engage in our forums.
These individuals have not enrolled in our training program but form part of our broader community who, through their link with us, are able to receive relevant information and social media content, as well as learn from, and add value to our forum discussions.
The intended implication is that these Active Citizens will be better equipped to address the issues they are passionate about on their social media accounts, as well as helping us spread our messaging by sharing and engaging with our content.
“Active citizenship can be seen as an articulation of the debate over rights versus responsibilities… The implication is that an active citizen is one who fulfills both their rights and responsibilities in a balanced way.” – Wikipedia
“A person who actively takes responsibility and initiative in areas of public concern” – Oxford Dictionary
“As we understand it, active citizenship is a combination of knowledge, attitude, skills and actions that aim to contribute to building and maintaining a democratic society. Active Citizenship supports democratic cooperation that is based on the acceptance of universal human rights and the rule of law, values diversity and includes the whole community.” – Open Societies Foundation