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Actions to promote young people's participation
Young people's influence and participation has been a central part of Swedish youth policy since it was introduced in the early 1990s. The Government's youth policy action programme for the years 2021-2024 includes efforts for promoting young people's participation in democracy. Some examples of the actions are presented here:
Local level models for promoting youth participation
The government has commissioned the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society (MUCF) to promote young people's opportunities to participate in democracy. MUCF will work strategically, cross-sectorally and in the long term to strengthen young people's knowledge of local democracy, develop young people's democratic skills and competencies and to promote their participation in democracy. The assignment must be reported no later than March 2022.
Stockholm University has been commissioned to organise democracy fairs at several university locations, in order to strengthen upper secondary level students' knowledge on the challenges and opportunities of democracy. The assignment aims in particular to contribute to an increased interest in democracy issues among students. At the fairs, a wide range of research on politics and democracy will be made available. The fairs are planned to take place in autumn 2021.
An award to school classes
A large part of democracy takes place at the municipal and regional level. The Government has therefore, together with Sweden's Municipalities and Regions (SKR), entered into an agreement to work for a sustainable democracy with strengthened conditions for people to participate. Within the framework of the agreement, SKR will announce an award to school classes both in grades 7-9 in compulsory school and in upper secondary school to prepare creative proposals on how democracy can be strengthened and developed for the future. An award ceremony and dissemination of good examples will take place during the second half of 2021.