The Egyptian Organization initiates the second workshop on the political participation of the youth.

December 4th, 2013 by Editor

The Egyptian Organization for Human Rights, has initiated the second workshop on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, on the subject of the political participation of the youth in the organization’s headquarter, to educate some of the university students, political parties members, and political forces members about the techniques of the political participation, and to promote the ways of participation of the youth in the Egyptian political life.

Dr. Noha Shihata; researcher at EOHR, has initiated the workshop by speaking about the political participation of the youth in Egypt, emphasizing the importance of their participation in public affairs as one of the most important pillars of citizenship and participatory democracy in the contemporary societies, that the participation, especially from the youth, is considered the gateway of mobilizing the youth’s energies and the renewal of the blood in the political and social system of the nation, and has a great contribution to the continuous development movement.

Shihata has emphasized that the youth are the most promising future of the nation, leaders of tomorrow, who have the responsibility of developing  the society in all the spheres; political, social, and cultural,  and they are the only way to achieve the goals and ambitions of the nation in this advanced world where the rapid challenges take place. And this depends on what those youth face in the way of developing their skills, and the trainings they are subjected to, which enable them to take decisions at the right time.

Shihata has further explained the general features of the political participation of the youth after the revolution, such as the tendency to work outside the frameworks of the political parties  and the institutions , that those coalitions do not aim to reach power or create parliamentary majority, and a number of those youth  who joined those political parties adopt a different approach in expressing their views and refuse to comply with regulatory frameworks for parties and see them as a restriction.

Mr. Mohamed El-Badawy; fieldwork unit manager at EOHR, has discussed in the second session the obstacles of the political participation of the youth in Egypt, emphasizing that there are a variety of reasons behind the reluctance of young people to participate in political life, such as the lack of political awareness, the weakness of the political culture, the lack of the sense of belonging, the absence of identity, the  weakness of the ability to dream about the future, and the fear of political participation.

El-Badawy has stressed on the importance of the successful participation, which which must be characterized by a set characteristics; the youth should provide their efforts as a result of their sense of social responsibility issues or community goals, the behavior of the youth should be earned by the interactions with individuals and institutions in the community, the participation should be a positive and realistic attitude based on the performance of actual, practical, and relevant work to the lives of the community, and social process, the participation should be  comprehensive, integrated, and multifaceted, which use the effort of all the members in the society in each stage of the development starting from planning , implementing, and controlling, the participation should not be limited to only one area that it is the right and the duty of every individual in the society to participate in the discussions of all the issues and elect the representatives in the parliament and nominate himself if he meets the required criteria , and the participation should contribute to the creation of common sense, common destiny, and the desire to make efforts to support the state and alleviate their burden.

El-Badawy has further suggested a strategy for the implantation of “a policy to empower the youth politically”, which will be through the elaboration of the objectives of dealing with the youth; that we should allocate a proportion of young people in the power seats for example, and reaching an agreement about the element of “generation” in the public policy making process: what do we want from the youth?, and building a reliable databases.

In the 3rd session Dr. Kareem Hassan; political science researcher, talked about the elements of the youth’s political participation, and how to take advantage of the potentials of the youth, through the preparation of an initial database for them by making a list for them in the society with regard to the geographical distribution between urban and rural areas, educational levels, gender, economic status, social status, and ideological affiliations.

Hassan had further added that it is necessary to solve the problems of the youth and meet their needs, which will reflect in a positive way on their active participation in everything happening on the land of Egypt. And also it is necessary to develop their awareness with regard to all the issues of the society, so all the  raising institutions must be familiar with all the issues and developments that impose itself on the society in a simple language apart from any vagueness and specialized scientific terms.

Hassan had also stressed on the necessity of a fundamental constituents to activate the role of youth in the political participation, most importantly; the existence of an understanding leadership to transfer the youth from being participant in the decision making process to being able to take the decision by themselves, and also strengthen the media since it is the guarantee of shaping the youth’s opinion.

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