Civic, Social and Political capacity building of youth aims to prepare them for active participatory citizenship. This is achieved through comprehensive exploration of the civic, social and political dimensions of their lives at a time when youth are developing from dependent children into independent young adults. It should produce knowledgeable youth who can explore, analyze and evaluate, who are skilled and practiced in moral and critical appraisal, and capable of making decisions and judgments through a reflective citizenship, based on human rights and social responsibilities in a transforming society after 30 years civil war.
Such youth should be better prepared for living in a world where traditional structures and values are being challenged, and where pupils are being confronted with conflicting interests, impermanent structures and constant questioning.
Civic, Social and Political capacities are important for each individual. It enables pupils to use their minds well in a changing, complex society. It helps them to understand the rights and responsibilities of the individual in society, and the workings and nature of democracy. Attention to the concepts, attitudes and values central to citizenship develops the moral and critical faculties of youths.
Building capacities in civic, social and political engagement of youths seek to be affective and to equip them with the skills and understanding of processes which enable them to see, decide, judge and act.
The employment of active and cooperatively structured learning methodologies enables and empowers the youth to become an active and participative young person.
AFRIEL therefore offers two 6-month certificate courses on politics and democracy and human rights and good governance for the northern youth.
Certificate Courses on Politics and Democracy (30 youth/6 months):
The training sessions include democratization, governance and public policy, public opinion, political behavior and election, gender and politics, international law and human rights, conflict management in a post-war context, Sri Lankan local government system, Sri Lanka’s legal system, and advocacy and engagement.
Certificate Courses on Human Rights and Good Governance (30 youth for each district of the Northern Province/6 months):
The training sessions include civic education, human rights, good governance, conflict resolution, social mobilization, social media, communication skills, training skills, research methods and personal assignment.