USAID GAI Published Manuals for Engagement of High Schools’ Students in Local Budget Planning
August 5, 2021
Are young people passive and uninterested in what is happening around them or do they just lack the opportunities and skills to become active members of their community? How can be the participation of youth in local decision-making improved? What can local governments do and how can they establish cooperation and strengthen young people’s trust in the work of local governments? USAID GAI offers some guidelines for involving high schools in local budget planning in two manuals that are based on the experience and cooperation with four partnering cities during 2019 and 2020. The manuals are prepared for students’ parliaments and local governments and include practical steps and advice on how to engage students to identify and select projects relevant to their time and studying at schools and, eventually, propose them to local governments to be financed from local budgets. In this way, one important social group, youth, is motivated and involved in making decisions that directly affect the quality of their lives. USAID GAI invites all schools, student parliaments, and local governments to take advantage of the good practice developed within our project and join this initiative in the coming period.
Manuals are available at the following links (only in Serbian):