5.8 Raising political awareness among young people
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According to the Youth Strategy for 2015-2020, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education were responsible for disseminating information about democratic rights and democratic values for young people. However, no official contact point exists for young people to access information about their democratic rights.
Young people information and counselling is regulated by a special law: Law no. 333/2006. This law is dedicated to the organisation of youth information and counselling centres at county level. In total 34 such centres function in March 2022 and the total budget for these centres have been about 500 000 lei (about 100 000 Euro) in 2021 and is planned at 600 000 lei (about 120 000 Euro) in 2021.
Youth-targeted information campaigns about democratic rights and democratic values supported by public institutions are only aiming at raising youth participation in elections. A 'Go Vote' campaign has been implemented in 2016 by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, using manly online communication tools, implemented between March 2016 and December 2016 in order to get as many young people as possible to vote to the local and parliamentary elections. No monitoring and evaluation have been conducted on the main outcomes and results of the campaign.
Moreover, the National Electoral Authority implements each elections year a First Vote Campaign, dedicated to informing young voters on their rights and the voting process. The campaign started in 2014, but it was continued at each elections since.
Intercultural education is an optional stand-alone subject in secondary education curricula in schools. A curricula is approved by the Ministry of Education and schools can decide if they introduce the subject within their schedule. The subject is generally though by history or social sciences teachers.
The No Hate campaign represents the implementation in Romania of the Council of Europe campaign fighting against hate speech among young people. The campaign is coordinated by a National Committee and endorsed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports. The campaign started in June 2016 and continued in 2017, using mainly social media and events organised by NGOs members of the national action group. No monitoring and evaluation have been conducted on the main outcomes and results of the campaign in Romania.
Romania has no special policies regarding transparent public communication targeting young people and no national or large-scale programmes or initiatives on providing training for policy-makers at various levels on suitable and youth-tailored communication.