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Youth participation in the strengthening of peace and responsible citizenship in South Kivu.

Catégorie : Project to Support


Focus Theme intervention

  Education Citizenship and Youth elections, democracy and good governance

Project location

Bukavu and its peripheries


Partner carrier project implementation

PEOPLES SILENCED (PSV) Local expertise for technical support

Civil society in South Kivu


-150 Young Leaders associations and student movements to participate in informal dialogue sessions and educational talks in neighborhoods and villages.

- 20 political leaders and civil society recipients of educational workshops and debates on the issue of unemployment of young actors.

- 8 investigators hired to perform micro players in red light areas of Bukavu

- 4 local leaders framework for exchange and sharing

- The theater group 'Mtu ni mtu' for fun activities and accompanying sketch of a simulated ballot.

- Nearly 12,000 young people left school in Bukavu, universities and youth movements League South Kivu through public awareness, assistance to the simulation of a fictional radio station or broadcast sensitization.


Duration: 6 months Budget: $ 35,400

Date: Upon obtaining funding




DRC is one of the poorest countries in the world with 87.7% of the population living below the poverty line of less than one Dollar / day, a rate of youth unemployment estimated at 90% although the country is said to share rich natural resources. To this is added the effects of recurrent wars rebellion in the east, the violation of human rights, misinformation youth about the democratic process and the lack of supervision of youth.

   Today, Congolese of any class need to enjoy their civil rights, to choose good leaders that can drive the country to the opportunities of economic, social, cultural and above all respect for democratic rules for the organization of appropriate and accepted by all to avoid plunging the country into chaos elections.


However, almost all of the population in this case young people and rural people do not know how to exercise their civic rights, why go to elect a candidate of a political party without being fooled by demagogic speeches of the very people who plunged the country into abject poverty.

Noting that new presidential, parliamentary elections, municipal and local are already planned for 2015 & 2016, it is imperative to establish an education program for citizenship that seeks to inform and introduce young people to the exercise of democracy and their awareness of the need for political change in the DRC to develop new leaders who can lead the country out of bad governance shameless,

The state apparatus of the DRC is now totally obsolete instrument, plagued by a culture of corruption in all spheres of government; unable to deliver uplifting, educational and objective information on the Congolese population in general and young people (90%) who did not find employment opportunities and became a nursery where recurrent rebellions recruit fighters.



Project Justification

With the proposed activities in the project, young people can learn from reading the various journals, participate in a public debate, organize meetings with candidates, attend educational debates.


Thus the project meets one hand the need for young people to join the Congolese citizenship education, on the other hand, it helps change the image that young Congolese politics and thus counteract the withdrawal of these last.

In short, this project will increase the civic and youth turnout by strengthening critical thinking and increasing citizen participation in future elections.

It was also found that since the last presidential and legislative elections of 2011 severely criticized and challenged by the majority of the Congolese population, young people have lost the desire to go to the polls.

There is indeed a participatory downward trend among potential voters and yet it is more pronounced among young people who do not see their unemployment change.




The project is to organize educational and recreational activities (sketch) with a mock election in schools, universities, youth centers by involving youth movements from the perspective of a municipal, legislative and presidential election campaign already announced for 20015 and 2016.

During project development, educational activities enable young people to learn about election issues and become familiar with the programs of political parties and candidates in their constituencies. At the same time, they discover the course of a real election on the basis of a fictitious election to exercise its right to vote.

As playful and instructive, the project allows prospective voters to discover the importance of democracy, news issues, to express their views on bad elections are a source of conflict and rebellion, which do not allow young to be among the instances of decisions.




  1. a) Overall objective

Contribute to the building of peace, responsible citizenship and the promotion of ethical values among young Congolese in Bukavu and its peripheries.


  1. b) operational objectives


1 Allow the general public and especially young people to participate effectively in the electoral process in 2015 & 2016 as voters and candidates through civic education and debates.

2 Encourage efforts to improve the level of political culture by raising awareness among political actors to respect the results of the polls.

3 enable young people to structure their opinions and develop critical thinking skills through participation in public debate.

4 Provide youth experience in electoral exercise through a simulation of the poll.




Specific objective 1

Bring the population in general and youth in particular to participate effectively in the electoral process in 2015 & 2016 as voters and candidates through civic education and public debates.


  1. Contacts and awareness of local, school and academic authorities (hold meetings for their involvement to get them to enable pupils, students) to participate in educational discussions.

2   Identification and selection of participants in educational sessions, workshop on the electoral process in 2015 & 2016 and its challenges.

3   Creating a framework for discussion between young people and the civil and political society.

Expected results:

R1 / 30 local, school and academic authorities contacted and sensitized.

R2 / 150 young leaders of youth associations, identified and selected for participation in educational sessions, debates and discussions on the role of youth in the electoral process school and student movements.

R3 / 2 types of legal instruments guaranteeing civil and political rights of young bred and multiplied by 150 copies

R4 /  Nearly 12,000 young people in the academic sphere affected by educational sessions and simulation of fictional representation, and by micro players.

R5 / permanent framework for exchange between young leaders and civil and political society is set up and operational.



Number of local authorities, school & academic contacted and sensitized.

Nature of legal instruments on civil rights & Politics Youth & reproduced multiplied

Many of the young leaders of youth associations contacted, identified and selected

Number of young people in school and academic environments affected through public awareness, micro -baladeurs and theatrical piece simulating a ballot.


Specific objective 2

Encourage efforts to improve the level of political culture by educating politicians to respect the results of the polls.


1 Recruit and train interviewers

2 Organize a youth survey on knowledge, attitudes & practices of democracy and the importance of voting

3 Identify the participants in the various awareness workshops, educational activities & the problem of youth unemployment.

4 Conduct educational debates of citizenship on the radio

  1. Arrange audio-visual coverage of the electoral process and the participation of youth in peace building.

Expected results:

R1 / 8 investigators recruited and trained

R2 / A survey of knowledge, attitudes and practices of democracy and the importance of youth voting conducted among youth in Bukavu and its peripheries.

R3 / 20 politicians, educators and civil society identified for participation   awareness workshops & educational activities.

R4 / 2 emissions of educational discussions at the monthly radio

R5 / At least 2 audio coverage of the electoral process organized quarterly

. indicators:

Number of investigators recruited and trained

Number of investigators deployed to the field investigation

Number of respondents

Number of product surveys report

Many of the neighborhoods, schools, universities, towns and villages surveyed

Number of politicians, educators and civil society identified

Number of programs and educational discussions at the monthly radio

Number of audio report on the electoral process organized quarterly

Specific objective 3

Enable young people to structure their opinions and develop critical thinking skills through participation in public debate.


1 Organize meetings with candidates for parliamentary and local

2 Organize kids to read different newspapers and participate in public debate

3 Supporting young people in an educational process in 5 steps: get informed, get an idea, compare views, debate and decide.

Expected results:

R1 / At least three meetings with candidates for parliamentary, presidential and local organized.

R2 / 150 young leaders are introduced to reading different newspapers and participation in public debate

R3 / Young people have the desire to learn, forge their opinions, express themselves and know their political system and participate in the voting.

R4 / Young people have developed their civic skills of future voters and interested in democracy


Number of meetings held with candidates for presidential, legislative and local elections.

Many of the young leaders introduced to reading newspapers and public debates

Specific Objective 4:

Provide young people with experience in the electoral exercise through a simulation of the poll.


1 Organize fun and drama activities for simulation poll

2 Set up other channels of communication proximity (radio club, micro stereos)

Expected results:

R1 / Young discovered how a real election by holding a mock election and by exercising their right to vote.

R2 / Young learned about the election issues through exposure to programs of political parties and candidates in their constituencies.

R3 / 4 channels of proximity are established (operational radio club) partnerships

The project will support technical experts from the ward MONUSCO (United Nations Mission for Stabilization and Construction DRC)

The experts of civil society in South Kivu, associations of human rights, and other stakeholders in the field of education, training and awareness on electoral matters, decentralization, good governance, gender and electoral conflicts..








Community involvement

Sensitization & community mobilization (through exchange spaces, participatory educational sessions, meetings simulation dummy ballot by the theater are moments of communal sharing to help engage the community and provide information on various topics genre / elections / democracy & good governance, civic participation of young people. ...


The theater group of  the national radio and TV DRC / Section South Kivu.

Mode Project Management

* At the operational level, the Executive PSV cell is responsible for the management and implementation of project activities in the field. It must provide reports of periodic reports on the progress of activities, outputs and outcomes of the project.

* Conditions for the audit, the Executive shall submit to the cell donor certified at the end of the project on the situation of project funds statement.

Monitoring and evaluation

PEUPLES  SANS  VOIX   carry out monitoring and evaluation at various levels, including:

1 Meetings  weekly assessment coordination achievements and program the following activities.

2 this monthly monitoring to analyze the results achieved

3 Reports of progress of activities

4 Regular field visits by the operational team of eight instructors (investigators), the project leader and regular technical supervision by the




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