Junior politicians in Myanmar must navigate a rapidly changing political landscape. The establishment of the 2008 constitution has transformed the country’s form of government and left its mark on the nation’s core institutions, its civil society, and its media, as well as on the way these entities interact. Myanmar’s politicians have to address old challenges while coming up with solutions for new issues as they arise. This is a demanding task.
The Political Education Programme for Junior Politicians (PEJP) is directed at young leaders who are engaged in party politics and wish to pursue a career as a politician or civil servant. The programme aims to introduce participants to new ways of thinking about key political ideas and practices while acquainting them with the skills necessary for a political career. The five-day intensive workshop will be held in Yangon from 5 to 9 November. It will engage participants on the topics of political institutions, campaigning tools, constituent relations, media analysis, and good governance.
Participants are also invited to attend an academic conference on political parties in Myanmar, to be held in Yangon on the days following the workshop (10 and 11 November). Here participants will have the chance to learn from accomplished scholars from Myanmar and abroad.
Eligible applicants must be between 18 and 35 years old and be active members of a political party. They should be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in politics and the wish to pursue a career within this domain.
The Political Education Programme for Junior Politicians is jointly organised by the GIGA, the Initiative Austausch e.V., and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.