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EACEA National Policies Platform


5. Participation

5.8 Raising political awareness among young people

Last update: 2 September 2022
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  1. Information providers / counselling structures
  2. Youth-targeted information campaigns about democratic rights and democratic values
  3. Promoting the intercultural dialogue among young people
  4. Promoting transparent and youth-tailored public communication


Information providers / counselling structures

The main public authority for disseminating information about democratic rights and democratic values to young people is the Youth Parliament. The Youth Parliament is more than an educational programme funded by the parlament. With all the "voluntarist" ambitions but also the necessary pragmatic humility of an educational programme, it offers rich experiences and knowledge, not only in matters of parliamentary principles and procedures but mainly occasions for reflection and discussion, to 300 children a year from all over Greece, Cyprus, and expatriate Greeks. The aim of the programme revolves around the axes of political education, political participation, responsibility, and rights of the active democratic citizen. Through the dedicated website, that includes the proceedings of the Youth Parliament, young people become aware of their democratic rights.

Youth-targeted information campaigns about democratic rights and democratic values

To the best of our knowledge, there is no campaign there are no recent large-scale programmes or campaigns run by an official governmental body targeting the democratic rights and democratic values of young people. Usually, several non-governmental organisations create and run campaigns that take this content into consideration for young people.

Promoting the intercultural dialogue among young people

To the best our knowledge, there is no national campaign run by a governmental body about the intercultural dialogue among young people. However, a variety of non-governmental organisations from times to times run these type of campaigns. For instance, Growth Hub is a non-profit organisation based in Tripoli. It was founded by a group of young people that aims to involve young people in mobilities and voluntary programmes at local, national, and international levels. They focus on intercultural dialogue and on the active participation of young people. It participated in the youth exchange programme "Social Integration of the Disabled" in Antioch, Turkey. During the programme it was possible to learn about the lives of people with special needs in 6 completely different countries (Turkey, Greece, Lithuania, Morocco, Georgia, Bulgaria) through the presentations of the participants.

Promoting transparent and youth-tailored public communication

In Greece, there are no structures or norms for transparent public communication that targets youth.

In terms of training for policy-makers, the Training Institute of National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government organises a series of certified training programmes aimed at the executives of public administration and local self-government. The programme "Development of Intercultural Skills and Management of Diversity" is aimed at employees whose responsibility and duties are to serve citizens of third countries (especially the management of issues related to entry, reception, registration, temporary accommodation, residence and social integration), but also at those public officials involved in the provision of health, employment, social care, insurance, information, education, special education, training, and counselling services, both to immigrants and to all citizens with "special" needs (" sensitive social groups). The purpose of the training programme is to develop the intercultural competence of civil servants and to strengthen their capacities and skills in managing otherness, in order to be able to adopt effective practises aimed at improving the services provided, equal treatment, respecting and protecting fundamental human rights. It also aims to develop a climate of mutual acceptance and understanding that allows the overcoming of prejudices and the cultivation of appreciation and respect for otherness.