Thursday, 2 July 2020
Southeast Asia is dominated by young population (15-35 years old in average) composing 65% of the 500 million peoples in the region. Given the elitist nature of political systems in Southeast Asia, limitations to political education and participation within the system and unequal opportunities for young people, there is difficulty in accessing programmatic trainings in politics which are often only accessed by established politicians or trade unionists. Political parties and organizations also have difficulty in sustaining training programs because of lack of funding and unfavorable political environment.
Recognizing the need to consistently develop second liners and provide a capacity-building platform for a new generation of progressive leaders, the Network of Social Democracy in Asia (SocDem Asia) developed its own political education and training program. A platform at the regional level where shared learning and collaboration is encouraged, the Political Management Training for Young Progressives (PMT), is an institutionalized regional program that caters to the young, emerging leaders from Socdem Asia member parties. To better cope with and respond to challenges of the times, young progressives are provided with analyses and tools that aid and advancetheir political work.
Since 2011, the training program had over 250 young progressive leader graduates from 7 countries in Southeast Asia who are now working on different portfolio as politicians, policy advisors and party workers at the local and national level. The program also helped launched trans-national solidarity actions and partnerships among these young leaders.
With the challenges to face to face interaction during the time of the Covid19 pandemic, the PMT will be offered this year as a free online training course to selected participants from the region. As with previous PMT courses, the participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts, politicians and industry practitioners. Participants will also be able to earn certificates of completion for each course cluster completed and at the end of the full course be able to graduate from the PMT program. With an updated content and a dynamic, relevant course syllabus, the PMT 2020 online course is planned to cater to the needs of promising young progressive leaders in the region today.
• Develop knowledge and skills of and promote social democratic values to young progressive leaders in the region
• Provide a platform where the young progressive leaders can network and build relations with like-minded individuals
• Impart appreciation of cross-country issues and/or agenda affecting the region today
• Incubate collective action or project which the young leaders can share among themselves and to their organizations