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Alex, 26 years old, studies tourism management in Bavaria. He takes part in Tunisian-German projects about political participation of young people. First as a participant and now as a trainer.
From the participant to the trainer, how did you manage?
I was fascinated that you can learn politics. I took part in “Are You Really so Political? – Are You Really so Apolitical?” and also in the training “Teaching Political Tools to Young People". After this training I got the opportunity to work as a trainer.
Are you a member in a political party in Germany?
No, I’m not.
Why? You could see how politics works in reality.
You are right and indeed, I’m interested in the political party “Die Linken” [publisher’s note: “Die Linken” is the left party in Germany].
They don’t have a youth organization and I like the idea to found one.
How would you encourage youth to take part in politics?
I think that the best solution is convincing them that they are the future voters and could be the future politicians. And you have to enable them, to qualify them for the political work.
As you do in your projects?
Exactly, as we do in our projects.
And after your training do your young participants really start to be committed in politics?
Not all, but many of them. There are two meetings in our projects and in the break between these meeting, many participant launch an initiative. The best example is the youth council which participants try to establish in Zarzis. So our participants make progress and prove themselves that they are able to do politics, that they have power. They believe that they can do it and so they do.
Interviewed by Marwa Harzli, 25 years old, student in master political science in Tunis
Photo Claus Sixt, 03.11.17
Alex, 26 years old, studies tourism management in Bavaria. He takes part in Tunisian-German projects about political participation of young people.