CRISP - Crisis Simulation for Peace e.V.

Citizen Participation in Chile

During the whole month of April, we toured through Chile and held several workshops in schools regarding the topic of citizen participation. Actually, the Chilean constitution offers several mechanisms to its citizens to participate on municipal level. Unfortunately, the level of awareness is extremely low. Therefore, we developed a tailor-made simulation game that reflects a typical Chilean municipality, in which the participants have to organize a plebiscite.

Topic: Citizen Participation Duration: 30.03. until 28.04.2018 Locations: Santiago, Valparaiso, Coyhaique (Chile) Participants: 100 pupils and 22 local trainers

Target Group

The workshops were dedicated to pupils of secondary school between 15 and 17 years. Moreover, we held a Training-of-Trainers-Seminar for local trainers working in the field of non-formal-education. The eagerness of learning the method of simulation gaming was overwhelming and we wish them all the best for their own implementations.

Project Goals

The main goal of the workshops series was to raise the awareness about the already existing mechanisms for citizen participation in Chile. Due to the simulation game the motivation of the pupils to learn and understand the different possibilities of citizens taking part in legal decision-making-processes was great and thus the overall learning effect was very high. Some of the regular teachers couldn't believe their eyes when they saw their own pupils enjoying the method of simulatoin gaming. Furthermore, we passed on the tailor-made simulation game (Los Alamos) to local trainers of non-formal education, in order to have even greater impact in the future. Both goals were fully reached and we are very happy to have had the chance to implement these activities in cooperation with the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation.