Memorandum of understanding signed between Princess Sumaya University for Technology and Higher Council for Youth
In 2012, UNDP and the Higher Council for Youth joined forces to implement the Youth Participation in Local Governance project. The aim is to use innovative methods and new media to foster Jordanian youth political participation by increasing their awareness about local governance and political participation at the local level. The project identified ‘gamification’ as a tool to spread more awareness about civic engagement.
In an effort to have young people as real partners in the development of the project activities, UNDP and the Higher Council for Youth teamed up with Princess Sumaya University for Technology, to develop an online game on local governance.
On April 24th, 2013, the Higher Council for Youth and Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of the region’s first online game on political participation at the local level. H.E. Sami Al Majali, the President of the Higher Council for Youth, and Dr. Issa Batarsseh, the President of Princess Sumaya University for Technology signed the MOU, in a ceremony that took place at the university. Ms. Zena Ali Ahmad, UNDP Country Director represented UNDP Jordan at the signing ceremony.
For UNDP in Jordan, this project is a pilot project of engaging youth in the planning and design of project outputs as real partners as a way of practicing what the project preaches. The outcomes of this have been rewarding already as young people are real advocates of the project and are supporting the implementation in every way.