The Democracy Development Program in partnership with the Open Society Foundation SA and Developing Youth hosted a dialogue with the youth in Pietermaritzburg/ Msunduzi Municipality and surrounding areas. This dialogue was held at Caluza Sports Center on the 24th of February 2022. The conversation was guided by this theme; looking to enhance youth participation in the upcoming 2024 Provincial and National Government Elections, educating the youth about the National Development Plan, Independent Development Plan, and various community structures which exist at the community level that young people can actively participate in. This engagement explored different channels that the youth can use to achieve socio-economic growth through the National Youth Development Agency.
The dialogues project objective was to engage young people on how they can meaningfully contribute towards achieving a youth-friendly democracy by participating in all available democratic processes of this country. It is also to give young people an opportunity to engage with a stakeholder such as the NYDA, which has available opportunities for the youth to achieve socio-economic growth. The indicator for this dialogue was to invite young people of PMB and surrounding areas in uMsunduzi Municipality to engage on this topic and explore how they meaningfully contribute to the democracy development of this country.
To develop an engaged and informed citizenry, ready to participate in the country’s electoral system voting for political parties of their choice.
To achieve changes in young people’s understanding of active citizenship, youth civic and political engagement.
To educate the youth about various community structures that they can actively participate in to achieve youth activism and participation in targeted areas
Delegates during the dialogue at Caluza Sports Center in PMB