Civic Education for Schools and University students “My Citizenship My Participation”

This project aims to increase university and school students’ knowledge and skills to enable them to be civically engaged and fully participate in political life - especially in the electoral process in order to increase participation in elections.

"My Citizenship My Participation" is comprised of different activities starting with establishing a civic education course in 6 universities and 5 educational directorates (Amman, Zarqa, Irbid, Mafrak, and Karak) each semester. Students can attend these sessions to hear about democracy, election monitoring, media freedoms, political participation, political parties, to name but a few topics. Following the initital training, students start transferring gained knowledge to their peers, utilizing a variety of tools and methodologies. Looking at their Facebook page, the high level of interactivity can be seen as well as how civic education is delivered not only to training session participants, but also to their peers and families.

Since the start of the project in February 2013, Al Hayat Center has implemented its activities during the first and second semester of the 2013/2014 academic year, and the first semester of the 2014-2015 academic year. Thus far, 8,320 university students and 6,000 school students have participated, 3 youth initiatives have been implemented in Al-Balqa Applied University in both Husn and Irbid, and Ajloun City. The project also includes field visits for the students participating to the Senate, Parliament, and discussed various topics falling within the project themes in meetings with decision-makers. At the end of each semester, a 3-day camp is provided to outstanding students, to be provided with advanced skills and knowledge. A course topic guide has been produced to be disseminated among the universities and schools and various CSOs as an assisting reference to their work within this arena.

Universities participating in the program are; the University of Jordan, Yarmouk University, Al-Balqa Applied University (Husn), Al-Balqa Applied University (Irbid) Mu'ta University, and Amman University College - UNRWA University. Participating educational directorates are; Amman, Irbid, Mafraq, Karak, and Zarqa.

This project is part of the larger "Musharaka" program, “Affecting and Enhancing Grassroots Participation in the Political Reform Process in Jordan”, that is funded by the European Union Delegation to Jordan, with a grant of approximately 105,384 EUR and the King Abdullah II Fund for Development, with a grant of 42,373 USD. The project began in 2013 and is currently ongoing.

Watch the interview of the project's participating students on TV