Program Overview


Bright Start is designed to give participants the necessary knowledge, skills, and experience to participate in community activism and teach human rights education to youth. The program is divided into three distinct phases: the independent learning phase, collaborative learning, and action phase. All participants are required to complete the first two phases, where they learn community activism and human rights education skills from accredited human rights resources and trainers. The final phase, the action phase, is optional, but recommended. During this phase, participants develop their own community activism and human rights education projects in their communities. Participants are eligible to receive grants of up to ten thousand Macedonian Denars to complete these projects. Participants who complete only the first two phases will receive a training certificate and participants who choose to complete the entire program will receive a full program completion certificate.

Phase I – Independent Learning Phase – December 16, 2017 to February 7, 2018

The first phase of Bright Start is the independent learning phase. In this phase, participating university students follow a curriculum based on Compass, the Council of Europe’s manual on human rights education for youth, as well as supplemental human rights education resources that focus on the specific human rights needs for Macedonia. Participants complete periodic assignments on the course materials. Many of these assignments will include digital collaboration with other participants via an online learning portal. The amount of time participants can expect to invest during this phase is two hours a week.


Phase II – Collaborative Learning Phase – February 8, 2018 to February 12, 2018

The second phase is the collaborative learning phase, when the participants come together for a five-day summit from the evening on Thursday, February 8, 2017 to the morning on Monday, February 12, 2017 for a collaborative learning experience facilitated by members of the organizing team and certified human rights education trainers. The summit will take place at a resort in Macedonia. Transportation to the report will be provided.


Phase III – Action Phase (optional) – February 13, 2018 to May 14, 2018

The third phase is the action phase and will last from the end of the collaborative learning phase to mid-May. In this optional phase, participants have the opportunity develop and implement human rights education projects in their communities. While designing and implementing these projects, participants receive sustained mentorship and support from members of the organizing team. Participants are eligible for grants of up to ten thousand Macedonian Denars to complete these projects.