Youth Political Education – “Making Your Mark”: IFWEA’s global project for advancing democratic political engagement of young, grassroots leaders.
This year IFWEA launches the Making your Mark project. Targeting young people between the ages of 16 and 25 years, the project aims to make equality and human rights real for young people through equipping them to promote political participation for youth social justice and inclusion.
Activities are designed to empower young people to develop their own political understanding and agency to preserve, protect and promote equality and human rights. The project captures the creativity and dynamism of young people as a strategic resource. They act as the drivers for social change, not as passengers.
Support and encouragement to develop awareness and capacity – to engage in peer to peer networks, is provided locally and globally by IFWEA affiliates. This enables the participants in the project to transcend the local and develop an international consciousness regarding human rights, global citizenship and the importance of the youth voice as a vehicle for change.
Over the next three years this project will allow for the integration of education, engaged research and community collaboration, building capacity, resources, tool and techniques – made by young people and designed for young people – to promote political participation and political agency for rights and inclusion.
GLOBAL – IRELAND: University of Limerick – ENGAGE “Limerick Be Heard” Press Release
“Limerick Be Heard, a local group whose aim is to increase participation in politics, hosted a two day conference in Limerick recently, in which representatives from a number of international youth and higher education organisations took part. Among the institutions involved were representatives from Sweden’s Arbetarnas Bildningsförbund (National Worker’s Educational Association), the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, the South African based International Federation of Educational Associations (IFWEA), the University of Massachusetts, Boston, USA and the youth organisation, ZAK Malta. Through a series of interactive workshops, the delegates shared examples of the ways that they engage with young people and marginalised people in their respective communities.” read the press release here Press Release Limerick Be Heard 2017Press Release Limerick Be Heard 2017
GLOBAL – SOUTH AFRICA: Making Your Mark Project IFWEA Secretariat “Cape Town Be Heard” – Update
Youth participants have completed their education programme, attended Youth Parliament in the province and are now involved in facilitating study circles in their communities.
Programme and Graduation May 2017
The youth participants completed the education programme over the course of weeks, incorporating study circles methodology, producing “postcards” (creative expressions) of their expectations and journey. Participants held flash group meetings with youth in their community areas, and are involved in planning and doing study circles. Here is the group on Sunday 21st May, at their last workshop. Joining them is Tajma Sisic, Olof Palme International Center intern at IFWEA – who has been a project assistant on MYM.
“Cape Town Be Heard” attend the Youth Parliament in the Western Cape – June 2017
Penny Hlaluka IFWEA project assistant reports: “Youth experienced first-hand the processes and protocol of the provincial Parliament Assembly. Recommendations made by the 2017 Youth Parliament will influence the strategic decision making by provincial government that ultimately affect the lives of young people in the areas of: youth and economic empowerment, poverty alleviation, youth and social cohesion, youth and education – skills development and access to education. There was a good geographical representation of youth in high school, university students, young entrepreneurs but not many community activists.
left to right Aviwe Macothoza, Sisipho Filane, Ziyanda Majikela, Nande Depha and Phakamisa Dungululu at the Western Cape Youth Parliament
Coming up: In South Africa from middle October 2017, Cape Town Be Heard will engage with their counterparts from Limerick Be Heard in Ireland who will be visiting. They will do a programme of activities sharing and learning from each others’experiences.