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Why an Academy?

According to a survey done in 2019 by Youth Lab in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, young people are not disinterested in politics or current affairs. They are just very dissatisfied with the current leaders and feel that they are not engaged enough. In a survey done by the Socio-Economic Surveys Unit of the Knowledge System Group Human Sciences Research Council on voter participation, it was revealed that only 33% of young people (18-24 years old) were satisfied with the local government and that they were less positive about the performance of local government compared to other age groups. Also, when discussing the electoral system many were confused and did not understand the difference between proportional and direct representation (Youth Manifesto, 2019).

  1. Based on the above, the Fund hopes that by establishing an academy whereby young people will not only learn more about democracy as a political system and familiarise themselves with the jargon, but will start engaging with different social policies such as the UNCRC and start formulating their own thoughts on certain social issues. The Legacy Academy is designed to be a platform whereby young people will be equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to be able to participate fully as members of the community.