Political parties are the building blocks of any elective democracy in that they define the pathways for mobilising and canvassing for votes as well as serve as focal points for engaging on governance. As pivotal as the place of political parties in a democracy are, Nigeria's experience with party organising has been one of mixed results, with particular concerns about the exclusion of women, young people, and persons with disabilities.
The Minister of Education and Science, Mr. Jeton Shaqiri shared: "We agree with the Bureau for development of education that it is necessary to promote political education and introduce it in upper grades and high schools, which we expect to happen in the academic 2024/2025,".
The findings from the research show the latest positions of youth regarding participation, position in society, future of the country, institutions, migrations, the impact of the pandemic and tolerance. Young people rate most of the social stakeholders with below average grades regarding their work benefiting young people. The highest ranking, by a small difference, are educational institutions (2,5) and high-school and student bodies (2,45).
Тhe analysis was conducted during the parliamentary elections in July 2020, and provides an insight in two areas: the presence of young people on the candidate lists for the parliamentary elections and the representation of youth policies in the political party programmes.
Aiming to involve all the relevant actors in initiating a policy process for addressing the recommendations from the analysis, WFD’s office in North Macedonia gathered state representatives, international organisations and local youth structures on a conference on 18th of December 2019 to discuss the findings.
Opening the conference, the British Ambassador H.E. Rachel Galloway stated: