IFES Winter and Summer Democracy Camps Empower High-School Students in Kyrgyzstan

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Since 2000, with the support of USAID, IFES has conducted over 20 Democracy Camps across Kyrgyzstan. Ninth- and tenth-grade participants learn democratic values, leadership skills, teamwork, their role as citizens, and how to advocate for change in their society. In 2009, over 2,600 students applied to take part in the camps. The goal of this project is to build civic mindedness and engagement among the young generation, and to instill in them a belief in their capacity as individuals to improve their country and communities. This is a necessary step in building a more democratic culture in Kyrgyzstan.