FES Tirana’s project “Simulation Game on Local Politics: There is no state without youth" aims to stimulate youth participation in local politics by connecting young people with their local governments and simulating decision-making policies.
In February 2022, Simulation Game coaches visited the municipalities of Kurbin and Patos. Local high school students were informed about the political system in Albania and provided insight into how local government operates. Students participated in simulated City Council meetings where they were given a platform to articulate their views and present initiatives and proposals addressing the needs of their communities before local officials.
In the Municipality of Patos from 24 to 25 February, the simulation was attended by students of the Administrative Units of Patos, Zharrëz, and Ruzhdie who study at the high schools: "Zhani Ciko", "Mustafa Matohiti" and "Sotir Çapo”. During the exercise young people submitted proposals to their local officials that were of relevance to their communities, including the reconstruction of schools and cinemas, street lighting, and electricity supply.
On the same dates, another team of Simulation Game coaches visited students of the Kurbin Municipality. Here, the students presented their views on issues such as the establishment of a Youth Council, the construction of a cinema, road rehabilitation, and the supply of drinking water. The students came from several high schools in Kurbin including, "Laç General High School", "Fushëkuqe General High School", "Milot General High School", and "Mamurras General High School".
The Friedrich Ebert Foundation believes that democratic development is closely linked to the involvement of young people in local decision-making. For this reason, it will continue its journey in municipalities of the country to educate and motivate young people on the importance of their involvement in local politics.