5.8 Raising political awareness among young people
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There is no central state body responsible for disseminating complex information about democratic rights and democratic values among young people.
However, every constitutional institution has developed a special website or programmes for children, young people, pupils and students in the scope of their fields and competences.
Brief overall information and current events in the field are provided by the National Youth Information Center (NICM), which was until 2019 a state unit and since 2020 it will continue as a non-governmental association.
Youth Information is also one of the priority fields within the Youth Strategy 2014-2020.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports certifies quality Youth Information Centres and these were eligible for an annual state subsidy, lastly for 2018. Since 2019 there is no respective state support to Youth Information Centres.
Studentské volby - since 2010 the non-profit organisation People in Need has regularly organised so-called Student Elections.
Student Elections were subsequently held five more times (last time in September 2016 before the regional elections) and have become an established project already.
Since the first edition, People in Need has offered schools information materials and model activities that teachers can use directly with students in the class, for example when preparing for student elections.
In 2016 they added three documentary films that deal with the topic of elections, election campaigns, shaping political preferences etc.
Vím, proč volím project (I know why I vote) was run by the Czech Council of Children and Youth in 2013 and 2014 before the elections to the Chamber of Deputies and the European Parliament. A series of debates, an open-air festival and discussions with the candidates in all 14 regions were supposed to bring more young people to vote. The project also provided an analysis of electoral manifestos of political parties in relation to young people.
Youth vote is an initiative of the National Parliament of Children and Youth since 2016, motivating young people within the children and youth parliament network to organise debates with the candidates and to be interested in any kind of elections.
There is no youth specific activity in this field coordinated by the state.
The office of the Government is running a campaign Hate Free Culture which is focused on the whole society including young people, schools etc.
There is no youth-specific activity in this field coordinated by the state.
Within the outcomes of the national consultation on Youth Empowerment within the IV. cycle of the Structured Dialogue with Youth, several recommendations from the side of young people and youth workers were proposed.