An-Najah Organizes "Youth & Elections" Seminar
As part of an awareness project for Palestinian universities on elections titled “My Vote Builds My Country”, An-Najah National University, represented by the President's Assistant for Community Affairs Office, and the Departments of Political Sciences, and Public Relations and Communication in cooperation with the Central Elections Commission in Palestine and with the support of the European Union, held a seminar titled “Youth & Elections" on Tuesday, December 07, 2021.
The seminar included the participation of Mr. Raed Debiy, President's Assistant for Community Affairs, Dr. Abdel Karim Sarhan, Head of Public Relations and Communication Department, and Dr. Hassan Ayoub, Head of the Political Sciences Department as well as a number of students and staff from the Departments of Political Sciences, and Public Relations and Communication at the University.
In the Opening speech, Dr. Amer Qassem, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Relations and Communication at the University, welcomed the participants, and talked about the goals of “My Vote Builds My Country” project which focus on promoting student political engagement and awareness on elections at the University. He pointed out that this project aims to prepare university students to take active roles in democracy—roles beyond the ballot box—as engaged citizens who help frame both issues and solutions in their communities.
In his speech, Mr. Debiy noted that An-Najah University has worked to prepare students to take active roles in democracy through the creation of civic space outside of the classroom, and the promotion of a culture of civic engagement among faculty members in the University. He added:" Together, these efforts contribute to a more vibrant civic life among students, faculty, and members of the community at large."
The seminar included three sessions. The first session focused on the role of the youth and student sectors in democracy and elections. The second discussed several topics such as elections and democracy in relation to human rights whereas the third touched on electoral behavior of women and the youth and its significance to the electoral transparency.