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We are the first generation which can end extreme poverty in our lifetime. But we cannot get there without parliamentarians.- Dr. Jim Yong Kim

AWEPA to support the Youth Parliament in Benin

26 April 2016

AWEPA also works to empower young people in Benin through political training sessions with selected participants.

AWEPA also works to empower young people in Benin through political training sessions with selected participants.

Cotonou, Benin – On 26 April 2016, AWEPA was awarded a grant from EP-Nuffic to support the Youth Parliament in Benin through the Tailor-Made Training programme. The tailor-made training course provided by AWEPA is a specific type of study programme funded within the Netherlands Fellowship Programmes, designed to meet the specific needs of the Benin Youth Parliament (Parlement des Jeunes du Bénin – PJB).

The PJB is composed of 85 young people aged from 18 to 23 from the twelve districts of Benin. According to its legal status, the purpose of the PJB is to develop civic education by initiating young people into parliamentary business and to involve them in the implementation of all youth-related national and international legislation, as well as the convention on preventing and combating violence against women.

However, since the inception of the PJB in September 2014, its members have not benefited from any specific internal or external training to empower them and to allow them to effectively perform their functions, despite the fact that they do not have sufficient skills and knowledge on parliamentary and political work.

The AWEPA tailor-made training interventions will focus on providing specific training sessions for the leadership of the PJB. In order to effectively address the constraints faced and to ensure a maximum impact of these training sessions, the PJB has identified three thematic training priorities, namely an introduction to parliamentary practices, political and civic education and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The first training session will take place in Benin in the second half of 2016.