Youth Democratic Citizenship

This program targets the feeling of helplessness among Palestinain youth in order to give a platform for them to be empowered and regain their confidence in themselves as they do in their own generation.

Youth can be the power of lobbying to address issues that range from local social services to national issues on poverty, unemployment, democracy, national concerns and even politics.

Training in the fields of civics, leadership Lobbying and advocacy, is a must and it definitely gives the tools needed for better influence and greater impact. It is educating the Palestinian youth in order to serve their national aspiration of independence and freedom.

The JAI trains Palestinian youth in advocacy, BDS and citizenship

Category: Youth Democratic Citizenship
Created: 30 August 2018

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For 4 days, from the 26th to the 29th of August 2018, the JAI trained 20 youth, in the ages of 16 to 19, who are all political ex-prisoners at the Israeli jails, beneficiaries of the EJ YMCA Rehabilitation Program, from various areas in the north of the West Bank, mainly Nablus, Qalqilya, Tulkarem and Salfit.

The program tackled the themes of identity, democratic citizenship, historic background on the Palestinian cause with related international law and rights, including the anti-torture law 2250. The training also introduced the Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions (BDS) Campaign, its local and international goals, impacts, including the concept of anti-normalization, mainly among the youth, academic and civil society organizations, with its criteria and threats.

On the last day, the youth were given advocacy mechanisms and tools, with how to develop and manage advocacy campaigns. The youth then discussed the development of an initiative to clean and beautify their villages with paintings, drawings, and lobby with their councils towards the provision of trash containers in their villages.

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