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Youth for Good Governance distance learning program Participating countries: Ghana, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Yugoslavia, and Zambia
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1 Program Overview Today’s young people are the world’s future. They will one day build our societies’ economies, and make decisions that will impact the lives of future genera- tions. While much effort has focused on the eradica- tion of war and poverty that affect so many people, especially young people, little attention has been directed to the fundamental cause of some conflicts and poverty—poor governance. As well, efforts to improve governance have often overlooked young peo- ple as potential activists and agents of change in their communities and countries. Yet young people have the idealism, resourcefulness, responsiveness, and resilience in helping to address these issues. We therefore aim in this program to include them in efforts to address governance problems. Youth for Good Governance distance learning program
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2 During this program, students from various coun- tries will study important principles of political and economic organization and how those ideas relate to governance and anti-corruption strategies. The pro- gram will highlight the important role that young people can play in improving governance in their countries. Ultimately, participants will develop locally relevant and feasible plans of action that will enable them to apply the knowledge and skills they acquire to their immediate society. The course is intended for the serious student who enjoys exploring ideas about good governance and anti-corruption, and who is will- ing to be challenged by stimulating ideas. Program Phases This is a global program designed to be delivered in three phases over two years. The first phase, starting in September 2002, will be a distance-learning course via videoconference and Internet 1 with participants from schools in eight countries, namely: Ghana, Uganda, Ukraine, United States, Russia, Tanzania, Yugoslavia, and Zambia. The second phase, in early 2003, will consist of an Internet-based course in collaboration with the World Links education program 2 (for students and teachers in various cities). The third phase, also in 2003, will be a social action component where the participating students from phases one and two will participate in commu- nity governance. For example, students will monitor how decisions are made in their communities, using 1. For the pre-course Internet survey, visit http://www.worldbank.org/wbi/gover- nance/youth 2. The World Links for Development Program (WorLD) in the World Bank and its partners have established over 1,000 school-based Internet learning centers in 23 developing countries that focus on the introduction and integration of infor- mation and communications technology in the classroom and for community development. For more information, see http://www.worldbank.org/worldlinks/.
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3 information and communications technology to con- tribute to its availability and dissemination. Audience
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