In recent years, ProDemos has reached hundreds of people with the Political Activity course. Many of them became politically active: as a counselor, as a member of a village council, a WMO council, a youth council or ‘just’ as an active member of a political party.
The Political Active course is intended for anyone who thinks about becoming politically active but does not yet know exactly what the possibilities are. The course is also very suitable for people who want to know how they can exert more influence on local decision-making.
Tip: read the Political Activity Guide: How do municipalities increase the political involvement of their inhabitants?
Execution of the course
There are three ways to get this course in your municipality:
1. Course by ProDemos teacher (against payment)
This paid course consists of 6 meetings with interactive training courses, such as: ‘lobbying at the municipality’, ‘convincing debate’ and lectures by guest lecturers from political practice. The course is given by a guest teacher from ProDemos.
For this course please contact Jelmer van der, Zee.
Ready-to-use Toolbox Politically Active (for a fee)
Municipalities, political parties, and other organizations can also take care of the course itself. By means of a ready-made toolbox, complete with course folders and other required physical materials, you can carry out the course independently. If desired, we can provide a short training for the teachers you have in mind.
Read more about the Political Active toolbox
Online course package Politically Active (free)
The online toolbox contains files that you can print out yourself. With a little bit of self-reliance, you can give the course independently to interested citizens.
Read more about the online course package:
As far as we are concerned, activating citizens is not limited to the period before the elections. Do you have questions about the possibilities and content of this course? Contact Jelmer van der, Zee. We would be happy to visit you.
In the Political Activity Guide, we give you an insight into the experiences municipalities have with organizing activities to increase political involvement. Here we distinguish two categories: informing activities and activities aimed at the recruitment of council members. An example of this is the Political Activity course, which has already organized 200 municipalities in collaboration with ProDemos, and where hundreds of residents have participated.
We hope that this publication inspires you to also carry out activities in your municipality to involve your residents more in local democracy.
Contents of the course:
The course usually consists of 6 meetings with interactive training sessions, such as: ‘lobbying at the municipality’, ‘convincing debate’ and lectures by guest lecturers from political practice. The theory is interspersed with practical assignments, interactive work forms, presentations by local guest lecturers and meetings with local politicians. This gives the participants a realistic picture of local politics.
Meeting: Introduction and general government planning
How is the Netherlands governed and what is the place of the municipality?
How do you become politically active?
How do you propose your candidate?
Meeting: The municipality
How does the municipality work?
The decision-making within the municipality
Influence decision making
Meeting 3: The city council
Tasks and roles of the city council
The instruments of a councilor
Basic knowledge about municipal finances
Meeting 4: Lobbying at the municipality
Meeting: Attending a board meeting
At the start of 2017 31% of (former) course participants were on candidate lists for the city council. Two former students in De Fryske Marren have taken up a seat in the city council with their ‘De Burgerpartij De Fryske Marren’, which they have established themselves.
After the course, large groups of respondents became active or more active in local politics.
About half to two-thirds of the respondents indicate that they would not have taken the activity started after the course if they had not followed the course.
Participants are, therefore:
Become more active
Their knowledge has increased