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Young Colombians receive classes in democracy

Madison Bertrand
09 June 2017
The FPS Foreign Affairs supports initiatives which promote peaceful co-existence. Among other places, in Colombia.


In Colombia, voter turnout in elections is extremely low. As such, it is strategically important to raise awareness among the electorate, and young people in rural areas in particular. The fact remains that people who vote actively participate in the decision-making process of the state. Voters should consider their taking part in elections as an essential right.

Colombia's 50 year-long civil war has recently ended. It is therefore vitally important to invest in education for younger generations. That way, they can make informed voting decisions and contribute to the construction of a solid and lasting peace. With this goal in mind, the Registraduria nacional del Estado Civil and its partner organisation Acción Cultural Popular (ACPO) have set up an education project with Belgian support in ten Colombian municipalities. The objective: to provide training to children and young people to enhance their democratic abilities.

There are three parts to the initiative: lessons in democracy for 60,000 young people and 8,000 adults, the development of a board game on democracy for schools, and the publication of books on democracy for young people.

Young Colombians receive classes in democracy
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