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5. Participation

5.5 National strategy to increase youth participation

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  1. Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation
  2. Scope and contents
  3. Responsible authority for the implementation of the strategy
  4. Monitoring and evaluation
  5. Revisions/ Updates

Existence of a national strategy to increase young people's political and civil society participation

The strategy to increase young people’s political participation is part of the National Youth Policy Towards 2020. One of the ten action plans in this document is called: Awareness raising, listening to, and supporting the voice of young people. This document was introduced in 2015 and has a timeframe of five years, until 2020.

 

Civil society participation

The strategy to increase young people’s participation in civil society is The National Strategy on Volunteering – Moving Towards 2025. One of the strategy’s aims is to encourage more participation of different age groups in civil society including young people. The strategy looks at young people as that cohort that can add further zeal and energy to the sector. This document was published in 2020 and has a timeframe of 5 years.

 

Scope and contents

Political participation

The national action plan, targeting all young people between 13 and 30 years old, proposes initiatives and opportunities that enhance young people’s social and political awareness and enables their voice to be heard on issues that have an impact on their lives. The action plan intends to strengthen the youth information services, further promote the European Youth Card, expand the Structured Dialogue, increase the number of projects relating to political awareness and democratic participation and publish a training manual for youth participation.

 

Civil society participation

The national strategy recognises the need of creating young willing volunteers and for this reason, this strategy needs to look into all stakeholders being ‘youth ready’ by making roles accessible for young people while providing guidance and support. The strategy does not look at young people differently to other volunteers in experiencing the challenge of making time to volunteer, and no different in what motivates them to volunteer; although their motivations may be held in different priorities to older volunteers, with more value for most young people on skill development, as well as giving something back to the community/ pursuing personal interests/being with friends.

 

In this regard, MCVS is committed to:

  • Address the issue of creating young willing volunteers by reassuring their confidence through offering peer ambassadors and mentors;
  • Accessing their influencers (including schools and other educational institutions, families and peers);
  • Adapting the length or regularity of their volunteer role to address their transient time commitments;
  • Addressing their access to transport;
  • Understanding how young people prefer to communicate – in terms of media and styles by embracing websites and social networking. Understanding how to effectively use digital communication media to target young volunteer audiences is clearly a huge development area for volunteer-involving organisations;
  • Targeting recruitment of young people by keeping application processes short as possible. Targeted recruitment was essential to attract young people into the organisations, utilising digital and non-digital recruitment mixes, using existing peer networks, schools, colleges, universities, and youth centres;
  • Training and using young people as ambassadors, to help potential young people to put themselves in volunteers’ shoes;
  • Providing youth workers to train voluntary organisations on how to manage and maintain young volunteers.

 

 

Responsible authority for the implementation of the strategy

Political participation

The action plan is under the direct responsibility of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ - the national youth agency.  The document states that it will use the agency’s annual reports as a means to monitor progress on each action plan of the document.

 

Civil society participation

The strategy is under the direct responsibility of The Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector. The reviewing of its implementation progress will be ongoing, with annual submissions to the Ministry responsible for the voluntary sector.

 

Monitoring and evaluation

Political Participation

The implementation of the national youth policy over the period 2015-2020 will be monitored on an on-going basis through Aġenzija Żgħażagħ’s Annual Reports. At the end of this period, an independent evaluation will be conducted on the overall impact of the policy and the benefits accruing for young people, the voluntary youth sector, and wider society.

 

Civil society participation

A review of the implementation and impact of the Strategy and action plan will be conducted annually and a report will be submitted to the Minister with responsibility for the voluntary sector in Malta.

 

Revisions/Updates

Political participation

Since its launch in 2015, there were no revisions or updates.

 

Civil society participation

Since its launch in 2020 there were no revisions or updates.