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5. Participation

Introduction

The basic framework for encouraging the young people to participate in the decision-making and policy developing processes is introduced by the National Youth and Sports Policy Document (Ulusal Gençlik ve Spor Politikası Belgesi). The definition of youth participation in the policy framework is not only limited to supporting and encouraging the political participation but also envisions the active presence and contribution of young people in all decision-making mechanisms.

With respect to participation of young people in political-administrational bodies and their civil society extensions, youth sections of the political parties have an important function.  These sections in political parties are in the centre of determination of policies of the political parties and they provide the policies produced within party organisation with a point of view peculiar to youngsters. Also youth sections of political parties are the core fields serving to upbringing of young politicians.

In Turkey, main elements of youth participation outside the political field emerge as youth solidarity mechanisms of other public authorities, particularly the Ministry of Youth and Sports, nationally, councils for inclusion of youth in the Municipalities locally, and assemblies organised in schools within the education system.

A strong information network which is organised locally and contributing to fostering youth participation mechanisms is formed by Youth Centres.