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SIM Democracy

Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) launches SIM Democracy initiative to improve democratic governance in Malaysia: Creating Spaces for Youth Participation

CPPS will launch SIM Democracy, an interactive board game on 22 September 2013. The initiative is aimed at promoting youth participation in democracy and good governance. SIM Democracy is a unique educational tool that provides first time voters and youth with ideas and experiences of how a basic democratic community functions. A good example of this project is an initiative introduced in Thailand. CPPS aims at replicating the Thailand experience here, to provide an opportunity for 16 Malaysians to be recruited in our 'Training of Trainers' session which teaches them how to utilize the tool.

Young people in Malaysia often lack information about electoral reforms and parliamentary development, which impacts their capacity to be effectively engaged in democratic governance. In times of election, qualified youth should be encouraged to run for public office. Civic rights and active citizenship should be promoted in schools and universities.

The objective of the initiative is to improve youth's understanding of how democracy works and to facilitate them to make the most of their right to participate in the decision-making structures of a democratic society. Training young people for democracy and governance is a growing area of interest for CPPS. To address this, CPPS, in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) will conduct several sessions to teach Malaysians the game in view of spreading the game to society. We had our first batch of 'Training of Trainers' (ToT) session on September 22, 2013, kick starting the initiative.

We had our first and second session for SIM Democracy, and will have further events soon.

For detailed information, please feel free to contact Mr Jarren Tam at jarrentam@asli.com.my or jarrentam@cpps.org.my for further details and to register successfully.

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