REFORM holds a meeting with the Ministry of Education and Higher

Education to discuss the regularity of the electoral process within Palestinian universities

The Palestinian Association for Local Empowerment and Development- REFORM held a meeting in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to discuss the impact of conducting the electoral process regularly within Palestinian universities on enhancing the political of youth. This meeting comes in line with following up the recommendations set within the vision of Youth that was formulated by youth activists during a workshop organized by REFORM in July and called for ending the split and restructuring the political system.

 

Among the participants were the Assistant Undersecretary for Higher Education, Dr. Ehab Al-Qubaj, the Director General of University Education at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Raed Barakat, the Director of Students Activities in the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Mr. Ayman al-Hudali, the Director of Cultural Relations, Ms. Abeer Daraghmeh.  Members of the Advisory Council of the Rooftop debate Project Mr. Murad Harfoush and Mr. Nasser Shrayaa also participated in the meeting along with the Project Officer at REFORM, Mr. Nadim Qandil and the Project Coordinator at REFORM, Mrs. Rawan Sharqawi.

Dr. Ehab asserted the Ministry's interest in holding the elections due to its impact on enhancing the political participation of students. He pointed out that the Ministry will be supervising the electoral process. He also said that there is a complementary relationship among the Ministry, civil society associations and Palestinian universities and that the ministry cooperates with Universities to promote the concepts of democracy and enhance the socio-political participation of youth.

In addition, participants discussed tools for developing interventions that would ensure the regularity of the democratic process. Participants also agreed to continue the dialogues by inviting universities, colleges, institutes and heads of council members to participate in a comprehensive dialogue to develop a unified electoral system within Palestinian universities. In addition, they discussed the importance of implementing an annual monitoring report to assess the periodicity of elections within Palestinian universities as well as the good governance practices within these universities. Participants also recommended raising the awareness of students on the importance of their political role, while preventing any external intervention.

This activity is part of The “Rooftop Debate – Drivers of Political Change” project aims to create a network of powerful social and political young leaders and equip them with supporting tools that enable them to create social change by directing them to find solutions to their problems and concerns, which promotes social cohesion, ensures pluralism and strengthens civil peace within society. The project also seeks to provide safe and interactive platforms that connect young activists with representatives of Government bodies and civil society organizations, in order to capacitate youth to voice out their concerns and engage in shaping public policies that are more responsive to their social and political needs.

This project is implemented in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Foundation.