Connecting Youth to Politics

Students and youth are an important voice when it comes to planning for the future and DRI believes that they have a significant role to play in the reform debates. DRI organises debates and student competitions to empower youth to play a visible role in the decision-making process. Students also have opportunities to meet with government officials to discuss reform proposals and pitch their own ideas.


In 2017, DRI hosted seventeen rounds of debate over eight different cities. The topic for each debate round was linked to current political reforms, from constitutional reform to reform of the judiciary. The students received information on the selected political reform topic and were trained in debating, problem-solving and argumentation to prepare them for the debates.

While the debates make the students more knowledgeable of the political reforms, they also provide them with the analytical tools to better understand and monitor the reforms. Additionally, the training in argumentation improves the students' ability to make convincing and informed cases for legal-political reforms, allowing them to better advocate for reforms.

Essay competition

In 2017, DRI also hosted a national essay competition, to encourage students to critically engage with the democratic reform process. Entrants were also given the opportunity to attend a workshop that trained them on effective writing to influence the country’s democratic reforms. This training not only improved their analytical and writing skills but also taught them how to engage both lay and expert audiences.

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