The course in active citizenship took place this weekend in the hall which is soon to become a “Nest of Democracy”.
As a trainer, I have constantly wondered whether I would be able to maintain the volunteer citizens’ initial enthusiasm, whether the ideas I would present would be useful tools for them in the process of getting involved in the community of Ploiesti. I must however admit that I was impressed by the results. On the second day of the course, there were even more participants, who were even more involved in the sessions. I already knew that Ploiesti needed a handful of people with administrative spirit but now, after having known them, I saw the beauty of their spirit. Regular citizens, but with rich souls, with warm smiles, strong arms and sharp minds.
I felt that we were a family, planning for the future, sharing our problems and communicating efficiently. Even if we know that we still have to learn how to develop this nest, our motivation is strong. We are certain that we can help our community!
Their answers regarding this meeting have been:
“Over the period 11th- 12th of September 2015, I have participated in a training workshop on active citizenship where I had the privilege of not only learning new and interesting things, but also of feeling that I am a part of a nest of people who are willing to get involved and be themselves the change that they desire to see in the world. I have learned here that it is difficult to make a civic bicycle to work and get to its destination without balance, involvement and coordination. I have learned that active citizenship does not only mean to be
a critical observer, but it also means involvement, responsibility and action. During this workshop, I have learned that through objectivity and analysis we can solve any conflict to the benefit of all parties involved. I consider this course to be a great gain for me and I want to thank the trainers for igniting and / or recharging the active citizenship engines of participants.” – Cosmin Florentin NEAGU, Coordinator C.P.E.C.A. Prahova
“On the days of September the 11th and 12th, I have participated in the course which trained the active citizen in me; it was an experience which has helped me to understand that being a citizen and being active means growing together with the others and for the others, it is about how you are and not about who you are, it means vision and action.”– Anca Spiridon, volunteer
“Time goes by, sometimes slower, other times quicker. Sometimes we feel as if we waste it. But there are also moments in life when time becomes very precious because of the beauty and the intensity with which we live every moment. This was the case for the time which went quickly by during the two course days, when I felt strongly that it was time well spent. It definitely was that for me!” – Pirvu Adriana Maria, high-school student, XII GE class, „Jean Monnet” National College Ploiesti