The Institute of Politics and Society and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung are launching an advanced program in young leadership skills aimed to enable Jordanian youth to participate actively and innovatively in political life, by combining theory and practice, content and skill to improve the knowledge and skills of young people in the fields of political work and democratic transition.
The philosophy of the program, in which more than 20 young men and women participate, came from the perspective of transferring knowledge and its tools from theory to application, which contributes to raising the level and form of influence and engagement of young leaders with their political reality and their surroundings in light of the national efforts that the Kingdom is witnessing to modernize the political system, democratic transition and expanding the base of popular participation in decision-making, according to the director of Friedrich Ebert’s office in Amman, Magdalena Kirchner.
The program will open with a discussion session in which the honorary president of the Institute, Al-Sharif Shaker bin Zaid, will speak about the political leadership experience of the late King Hussein bin Talal as a Jordanian model for overcoming the difficulties and challenges in the region and the world, Interviewed by the Director of Programs at the Institute, Eng. Hussein Al-Sarayrah.
While the design of the training program comes on two interrelated and integrated levels, starting with building knowledge of political content on political systems, theories of democratic transition, the concept, determinants and development of Jordanian policies, and the role of technology in political work, according to the Executive Director of the Institute of Politics and Society Rasha Fityan.
In turn, the director of media and communication at the institute, Ahmed Al-Qudah, indicated that the second level forms a transfer of a package of political leadership skills, three of which are focused on: electoral campaign strategies, negotiation, strategic thinking and foresight and its applications to the work of government, parliament and political parties, while program participants were selected from nearly 600 graduates of the periodic program for training young leaders at the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.
The program works to present political concepts in democratizing youth and leading them towards active participation and real citizenship, and to take measurable steps in leading advocacy campaigns for issues at the local and national levels, with an understanding of the geopolitical dimensions of the region and Jordan, and their impact on the economy, social changes and societal impressions about the role of technology in democratic transition and its future prospects.