FES Ghana is supporting the participation of women and youth in Ghana with two training programmes and a newly founded Youth Think Tank.
Youth Leadership Training
We initiated the Youth Leadership Training in 2003 with our partner organisation Youth Network for Human Rights and Democracy (You-Net). Since 2003 we have trained about 20 young people every year who have the ambition to start a political career or are already involved in politics. The course, which takes about one year, consists of 18 modules which cover topical areas (e.g. democratic system of Ghana, economy, gender, lawmaking process and soft skills (e.g. negotiation skills, presentation skills, lobbying and marketing, media skills and conflict management). We promote pluralism in our course and we choose the participants from all political parties with representation in parliament, trade unions, student organisations and civil society organisations.
Women in Politics Training
Since 2007, we added the Women in Politics Training to our portfolio which we organise with our partner organisations ABANTU for Development and Women in Broadcasting. The women from the various political parties go through the same training as the youth, the only difference is that their modules are 10 instead of 18 for the youth.
A cross-section of some women (2010-2011 batch) during one of the sessions of the Women in Politics Training in the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung conference room)
Youth Think Tank "Center for Development, Research and Advocacy"
FES Ghana tries to involve the alumni from the Youth Leadership Training to further support their political discussion and sharing of ideas. Since 2010, we have been supporting the alumni in founding a Youth Think Tank with four working groups to do in-depth research on various topics and publish papers which then can be used for lobbying in order to strengthen the voice of the youth in public.