The Younger generation must be educated on citizenship and civic activism so that they actively engage in participatory democracy. This has informed Yiaga Africa’s annual Democracy Camp for Secondary Schools. In the last seven years, over 1800 students from about 200 secondary schools in Bauchi, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau State have been exposed to tenets of democracy and issues relating to the fundamentals of civic activism, citizenship, human rights, and political participation.
This year’s Democracy Camp will also successfully educate another 300 students from 30 secondary schools cutting across Plateau, Kogi and Nasarawa States, on the democracy, civic activism and human rights. In the course of the camp, younger generation will be exposed to peer learning, critical thinking and analysis that fosters active citizens participation. Nigeria’s younger generation remained strongly equipped to participate in the political process while making impact in their civic space.
Kicking off the 2020 Democracy Camp in in Okpo town, Olamaboro Local Government Area of Kogi State, 100 students from 10 secondary schools were reminded of the role they can play in protecting Nigeria’s democracy and upholding fundamental human rights. According to Yiaga Africa Program Officer Efemena Ozugha, as the next generation of civic actors, younger citizens have a responsibility to participate in governance and can begin by engaging their elected representatives. She said democracy is a form of government where the office of the citizen has the ultimate power to choose their representatives thus younger generation have a huge role to play in electing the right leader. According to her, the democracy camp has continued to widen horizon of younger generation.
The camp sessions featured workshops, debates, interactive sessions and simulation exercises exploring the fundamentals of civic activism, citizenship, human rights, and political participation. Nasarawa and Plateau state is the next port of call for the democracy camp 2020 where another 300 students per state are set to be exposed to tenets of democracy.