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Youth awareness campaign on importance of participating in municipal election launched

A campaign to raise awareness among young people about the importance of participating in the next municipal elections was officially launched on Friday by the programme Concerte Pluri-Acteurs (PCPA) programme, Let’s Be Active / Active.

“This campaign is motivated by alarming polls that predict a high rate of abstention and the vigilance of Tunisian civil society, as to the importance of succeeding the next municipal elections, but also the involvement of young people in local democracy and participatory after these elections”, emphasises a presentation note that was distributed during the 6th plenary assembly of the programme which is held on April 6-7 in Tunis.

As a result of this campaign, a partnership agreement was signed on this occasion between the Soyons Active / Actives programme and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, under which youth centres in different governorates of the Republic will be exploited. The goal is to facilitate contact with the largest number of young people.

In a statement to TAP, the Minister of Youth and Sports Majdouline Cherni said that one of the priorities of the ministry is to involve young people in political and social life. At least 15 partnership actions have been signed for this purpose with different national organisations and components of civil society, she said. “Young people have the right to choose and access decision-making positions,” she said.

Thus, she added, to encourage young people to apply, workshops and open days were organised with the various components of civil society working on elections as ATIDE. For 15 months, she added, emphasis was put on the realization of a national youth strategy in collaboration with the various ministries concerned. This strategy is based on 4 main axes: the young citizen, the young creator, the young mobile and the young inventor.

The opening session was attended by the Secretary of State to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Abdelkoddous Saadaoui and the Deputy Secretary General of the Tunisian General Labour Union (UGTT), Naima Hammami as well as French ambassador to Tunisia Olivier Poivre d’Arvor.

The Soyons Active / Actives project was launched in 2011 with the aim of strengthening the capacities of civil society in Tunisia and France. It gathers more than 80 components of the Tunisian and French civil society having signed its code of ethics. It supports 42 projects distributed between 22 governorates in Tunisia and 6 cities in France. It is based on four main axes including education, professional integration, local democracy. It is supervised by the French organisation “Solidarite laA�que”, and financed by the French Development Agency (AFD).

Source: TAP News Agency

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