Joint Parliamentary Peer Group
ICT Workshop in Zambia
A school class visiting the National Assembly of Zambia
An important pillar of the partnership between the Austrian Parliament and the National Assembly of Zambia (NAZ) is the field of youth - political and democratic education. In February, in a 3-day workshop in Lusaka, the vision and objectives of a programme of democratic-political education for Zambian learners and youth were defined. In addition, a strengths-weaknesses/opportunities-risk analysis and a resource analysis were carried out.
During the working visit of employees of the NAZ in the first week of June in Vienna, further input was given and best practice was discussed. The different formats for promoting democracy to young people in the Austrian parliament were presented and analysed with regards to a possible implementation in Zambia. The work program included a visit to the democracy workshop, a joint tour of parliament with a school class, and participation in a "democracy in motion" workshop at a Vocational School in Vienna.
The educational programme could be extended through several ideas and topics. By September, a first concept will be presented, discussed and further developed in Lusaka at a second workshop in early October.
The current Report (July 2018) informs on the project activities, the incoherence of agricultural policies in Europe and its repercussions for Burkina Faso and the question of trust in parliaments in several countries in Africa.
On 16 May 2018, the traditional FAIRTRADE exhibition took place at the Austrian Parliament. The President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, opened the exhibition with a fair breakfast before the plenary session in the presence of the Second President of the National Council, Doris Bures, and other MPs.
The second focus of the NorthSouthDialogue of Parliaments and the partnership between the Austrian Parliament and the National Assembly of Zambia is public relations. The specific aim is to improve the information of Zambian citizens about their role, rights and tasks in the democratic process.
Austrian Parliament - National Assembly of Zambia
SDG Watch Austria is a plattform of civil society organisations supporting the implementation of the SDGs.
The World Development Report 2018 focuses on education and analyzes in detail the relationships between education and development, both at an individual and societal level.
"This learning crisis is a moral crisis. When delivered well, education cures a host of societal ills. For individuals, it promotes employment, earnings, health, and poverty reduction. For societies, it spurs innovation, strengthens institutions, and fosters social cohesion." (WDR, 2018).