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PROMOTING CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND RESPECT FOR VOLUTEERISM PROJECT REPORT AMONG YOUNG PEOPLE IN UGANDA
Students for Global Democracy Uganda (SGD Uganda) is a students led not-for-profit and non-partisan organization which inspires students, principally young people to adopt to the culture of leadership, good governance and sustainability, to effectively enable them participate in the democratic process and sustainable development of their country and the outside world,the organization has carried out a project -promoting responsible citizenship and civil culture against violence and respect for volunteerism among the youth in Uganda. The project engaged the young people and stake holders in activities that are geared towards enhancing their individual love and respect for volunteerism and community service in life;This project addresses these inadequacies by devising new and appropriate approaches, interventions and measures to address the problem of young people violence and constructive civic engagement through volunteerism .the project has been individual-centered because it uses the young people (potential victims) as the instruments of program implementation and primary beneficiaries of the project strategic goal , which is behavior change. The intervention was built on a political psycho-social approach in which young people’s right to political participation, civic participation and patriotic participation, and community participation is predominantly
In a Speech to Senate, the Late Amb. Mark Palmer Advocated for Greater Student Involvement in Democracy Efforts
In a statement read before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Ambassador Mark Palmer praised Students for Global Democracy and suggested greater support for student based democratic movements. Amb. Palmer was the ambassador to Hungary during the Cold War and witnessed the fall of Communism there. Since that time he has become a leading proponent for greater funding to fight what he calls the “Real Axis of Evil” – authoritarian countries around the globe. In his book, Breaking the Real Axis of Evil, Amb. Palmer suggests that the world can be completely free and democratic by the year 2025 and advocates the use of non-violent methods to produce democratic change. His speech is a testament to the growing reach of SGD and the power for students around the globe. For the complete text of his speech, please click here.
From Indonesia to Hungary, and more recently from Serbia, to Ukraine and Nepal, students and young people have been at the forefront of a majority of peaceful ousters of dictators over the past four decades. Those who founded Students for Global Democracy at Indiana University recognized that students outside dictatorships can help. For students from democratic countries to show solidarity by visiting their colleagues inside dictatorships, and where they are willing to take the risks to join in demonstrations, sit-ins and other non-violent actions, could make a massive difference – just as northern students like me gave encouragement to those on the front line in the South during our own civil rights struggle merely by our presence. Training by young people experienced in non-violent conflict for those inside is increasingly taking place but is still under-funded. And funding, direct or indirect, of student and youth groups committed to action is even more grossly under-funded. We need a special students for Global Democracy Fund which would be run by student and youth leaders from democratic universities and groups across the democratic world – who would give direct financial assistance to their colleagues inside the Not Free countries. The middle aged both inside our existing NGOs and within governments somehow are not comfortable aiding students and youth. Another $50 million per year would be money very well spent. 12 Jun 2006 03:11 pm by Graham Gardner.
Awakened, Aware, Active, Informed, Determined Citizens can create Change
As the twenty 21st century moves, The power of the citizenry has assumed to be complex due to the declining trust of the citizenry on governments and public institutions. There need to increase willingness of citizens to take on responsibility for one another and for common good and in the long run construct institutions that defend core individual and political rights but this basic can never succeed unless individual citizens see themselves as active participants and not passive recipients of the these liberties from the governments.
At this same time, citizens need to wrestle with profound issues of moral responsibility for the past abuses in non violent peaceful way, through protests and non violent direct civic action, these need start non violent civic action movements in institution of learning, churches, in trade unions, in market halls, in trading centers and in students as form of political participation to call to attention and motivate others to apply pressure on public officials in a non violent way
Citizens need to take on the civil rights movements, by creating civil disobedience a form of protests that involve breaking the unjust behavior and laws of governments
‘’ in the words of Martin Luther King Jr, civil disobedience seeks to dramatize the issue such that it can no longer be ignored and through taking on the courage of leadership to eliminate discrimination, oppression, injustice from private life initiated the non-violent direct action a form of mass protests that involved breaking unjust laws in an open, loving and non- violent fashion.
In critical analysis, we the citizenry can do this, during elections, we use this energy’, why not now?, why Can’t citizens use the same energy to fight corruption?
In the course of event , its becomes necessary for people to dissolve the political bondage that they have connected with in the past and assume collectivity , as a reminder governments are instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ‘’the citizens’’ that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it’s the right of the people to alter or abolish them, Citizens organizing their powers in such a form as of mass protest, engagements will be critically a sign of bad governance and in the reality check, citizens have petitioned the government for redress on these emerging issues in the most humble terms but these repeated petitions have been answered only by continued insults ,with I don’t care mind and aggressive use of force by state powers.
Our deepest fear as young people is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure in that we all should manifest the great energy that is within us to co create the better Uganda that we all envision, we all have a critical role to play individually, communally, with great need to co-exist inspiration, support and action as a process to lead to change and development
The recent cases of corruption and concentration of wealth can now be interpreted as a sign of failure of government; these cases are a violation of human rights and increase the uncertainty of the people about their future
These facts are a result of a dysfunctional political system that rewards self interests over common interests and short term political gains over long term interests of the citizenry, a system that puts government service of the powerful instead of service of the people who elect them
A machinery that offers opportunities for a select few and leaves the citizenry to die without drugs in hospital, with youth unemployment rates increasingly leading to frustration, anger, and despair, depilated education infrastructures, all these can no longer continue when the power is right in our hands,
It now looks very clear that we citizens are going to be taxed more, to assume services that will always be poorly delivered, services that are never going to be delivered at all and our duty will always be to just look on,
Edmund Burke ‘’ said that the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing”
Students for Global democracy Uganda
Member of young leader’s think tank for policy alternatives
We hold these truths to be self evident in the constitutions, that democracy requires a free press and free expression is the truth of that kind, self evident to all who understand it. In a clear mindset, government cannot control what is written, said broadcast and cannot throw people in jail for their views which entails a violation of these fundamental rights Not as obvious are the conditions that make freedom of press and the free flow of idea matter in a society where such freedoms are established Let me ask a question? If ideas flow freely but do not touch people lives, If the press is said to be independent of the government but consumed by (trivia) un-important things If the public sphere is open but also empty, then democracy cannot corrode just as it collapses when rights are violated Its critical however, to think about these freedoms, free expressions as a political good that require thinking citizens willing to do the work of democracy, people willing to pay attention to everything around them and participate in public life, argue with each other and through a thousand decision create the kind of conversation that keep democracy alert as well as alive. It’s a democratic culture to produce and nurture such citizens for they are the only real guarantees that political freedom will survive
Democracies rest upon the principles that government exists to serve the people; the people do not exist to serve the government. In other words, the people are citizens of a democratic state; not its subject. While the state protects the rights of its citizens, in return, the citizens give the state their loyalty
In the Uganda today, the story seems to face in the other side of the direction even when citizens through the electoral democracy process exercised in a democracy vote desire to chose their leaders and in the end exercise their full rights and responsibility . citizens move to put down all that they are doing and in the scorching sun, in long ques with so much patience and hope on their faces that they are rather choosing leaders who not only do not set their priorities rights but also miss manage the little resources that are collected by ordinary citizens
One wonders in a representative democracy, whether we have a government that is instituted among men deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, ‘’the citizens’’ or we have a management team
In the continuous process, the management team is supported by managers who progressively facilitate the team even when their seems to be no accountability of the monies that are funded
Its certainly true that this is the time that citizens and individuals should not function in isolation but rather bond together and exercise these rights fully that can be expressed in a direct democracy format of governance.
Broadly speaking, these functioning principles should move beyond political bondage and partisan affiliation and rather look at things in the reality check through much compromise, tolerance and cooperation among all citizens
As citizens, It’s only that moment that our ‘’ capacity for justice that democracy will be possible, but the inclination to injustice will make democracy necessary”