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Young democratic leaders

23 March 2011

On 10-13 January, Yerevan’s “Quantum” college held four days of democracy simulation games, part of the EU-funded “Democracy starts with you!” project. On the last day of the games, Norayr Yesayan was elected the first delegate to represent Armenia at the South Caucasus Youth Parliament programme in Georgia this March. 19 other delegates were selected from other schools in different Armenian marzes, which held democracy and civil participation games in January.
Participants explained that during the first stage of the simulation they communicated with journalists and young politicians and learnt about the roles of political parties and the media in the democratic process. They also visited their local municipalities and administrative districts, where they were informed about the activities of community structures.
The guiding principle of the project is that democracy has to be experienced; it cannot be merely learned from books. The project supports the young generation of the South Caucasus region in improving civic participation, especially in minority and rural areas. It was launched in November 2009 and will run for 3 years. It is being implemented by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation and the Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku Schools of Political Studies.

“The 20 selected schools, 16 of which are from provincial regions, will be really helpful for young people to understand the role of civil society and see how political structures can be useful in the manifestation, formation and development of society”, observed Armen Zakaryan, the director of the Yerevan School of Political Studies.

The Youth Parliament Session in Georgia will be followed by the election of five delegates per country who will visit Brussels and participate in the third stage of the programme at the European Parliament.

For more information please visit www.dswy.eu

Young democratic leaders

On 10-13 January, Yerevan's "Quantum" college held four days of democracy simulation games, part of the EU-funded "Democracy starts with you!" project. On the last day of the games, Norayr Yesayan was elected the first delegate to represent Armenia at the South Caucasus Youth Parliament programme in Georgia this March. 19 other delegates were selected from other schools in different Armenian marzes, which held democracy and civil participation games in January. Participants explained that during the first stage of the simulation they communicated with journalists and young politicians and learnt about the roles of political parties and the media in the democratic process. They also visited their local municipalities and administrative districts, where they were informed about the activities of community structures. The guiding principle of the project is that democracy has to be experienced; it cannot be merely learned from books. The project supports the young generation of the South Caucasus region in improving civic participation, especially in minority and rural areas. It was launched in November 2009 and will run for 3 years. It is being implemented by the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Dutch Eduardo Frei Foundation and the Yerevan, Tbilisi and Baku Schools of Political Studies. "The 20 selected schools, 16 of which are from provincial regions, will be really helpful for young people to understand the role of civil society and see how political structures can be useful in the manifestation, formation and development of society", observed Armen Zakaryan, the director of the Yerevan School of Political Studies. The Youth Parliament Session in Georgia will be followed by the election of five delegates per country who will visit Brussels and participate in the third stage of the programme at the European Parliament. For more information please visit www.dswy.eu