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News, March 2014
FSD Successfully Organized a School of Territorial Public Self-Governance (TOS) for Moscow Region Leaders
The School took place on March 17-24, 2014 at the Nakhabino Moscow Regional Training Center and its curriculum combined both theoretical and practical studies on the legal framework and organizational support to public self-governance and the role of its activists as public leaders. The training also included a presentation by a participant from Nizhny Novgorod, where the 20th anniversary of TOS was celebrated in 2014; a role-playing session; and a round table “Territorial Public Self-Governance: a Resource of Strategic Community Development”.
As a result of this effort, 25 attendees had completed training and submitted their project concepts for a grant contest for best TOS initiatives. The TOS School and the contest that is scheduled for April-May 2014 are components of the project “Support to territorial public self-governance as an effective instrument of developing public participation”. The key goal of this project is to provide support to local activists and promote the development of TOS in Moscow Region. It is carried out by the Fund for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Moscow Region Community Council Association in the framework of state support provided to non-profit non-governmental organizations implementing socially significant projects and participating in developing civil society institutes.
The organizers of the TOS School believe that such training is capable of involving active citizens of the region in local self-governance and that in the future the number of TOS will grow and their activities will become more efficient.