Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Higher Council for Youth sign an agreement
In 2012, UNDP and the Higher Council for Youth started the implementation of the Youth Participation in Local Governance project. This pilot initiative aims at using innovative methods and new media to foster Jordanian youth political participation by increasing their awareness about local governance and political participation at the local level. The project identified ‘gamification’ as a tool to spread more awareness about civic engagement.
The objective of this project is to increase youth political participation and civic engagement in local governance through three strategic phases that will address lack of inclusive youth access to participation using an online portal and game on local governance. Strategic partnerships are seen as crucial to expand project outreach; this is why UNDP and the Higher Council for Youth teamed up with Princess Sumaya University for Technology, to develop an online game on local governance. Princess Sumaya University for Technology is a specialized, non-for-profit university that focuses on Information Technology and Communication (ICT) disciplines and has one of the leading departments in Computer Graphics and Animation in the region.
On April 24th, 2013, the Higher Council for Youth and Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of the first online game on political participation at the local level. H.E. Sami Al Majali, the President of the Higher Council for Youth, and Dr. Issa Batarsseh, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology signed the MOU, in a ceremony that took place at the university. Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, UNDP Country Director represented UNDP Jordan at the signing ceremony.
For UNDP Jordan, this is a pilot project to engage youth in the planning and design of project outputs as real partners as a way of practicing what the project preaches. The outcomes of this have been rewarding already as young people are real advocates of the project and are supporting the implementation in every way.
To access the project’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/youthparticipationjo