Asia faces significant fluctuations in youth and civic engagement. In a number of instances, student governments and youth organizations face challenges in terms of collaboration beyond their campus or national frameworks. Other factors like differences in language, forms of government, security and conflicts bring additional layers of complexity.
The discussion under youth civic engagement will broadly touch upon key areas of young people’s participation in politics (students and electoral), governance & leadership, community involvement, youth reforms & movements and socio-political inclusion of marginalised youth in the main political realm. It will address the importance of youth civic participation in these areas and will talk about the challenges being faced by them with reference to Asia.
The Asian politics has noticed a slight drift in youth civic participation moving away from institutionalized structures towards greater involvement in cause-oriented political activism. Involving youth as leaders, decision makers, collaborators or even team mates, can create a wide impact on society, bring social awareness among communities and inculcate democratic values. It can serve as a gateway for broader engagement in finding solutions to local and global concerns like fighting injustice, checking on access to political power, equal representation ,peace building, political activism, environment awareness, and educating the existing and future communities. Youth civic engagement can be shaped by emphasizing on skill development and intentional learning and guidance to youth at their community and academic level. Therefore, the consultation will also throw light on recommending ideas and practices for youth participation and intervention in politics and policy that can be adapted at the community, national and international levels.
Date: 8 September 2020
Time: 9 AM EST
Session: Moderated Interactive Panel Discussion (Pan-Asia)
Where: Online (Zoom or Meet); Likely to be streamed live
Duration: 1 hour 30 min
Open to audience participation