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5. Participation

5.8 Raising political awareness among young people

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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

According to the Youth Strategy, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Education and Scientific Research are 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, by the county offices of the Ministry of Youth and Sports. In total 36 such centres function in 2020 and the total budget for these centres have been about 1 250 000 lei (about 260 000 Euro).

 

Youth-targeted information campaigns about democratic rights and democratic values

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.

 

Promoting the intercultural dialogue among young people

Intercultural education is an optional stand-alone subject in secondary education curricula in schools. A curricula is approved by the Ministry of National 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 continues, 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.

 

 

Promoting transparent and youth-tailored public communication

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.