Nicaragua coalition (FEDH-IPN) carries out advocacy actions for education and social participation in partnership with students and youth

In Nicaragua, the national coalition Education and Human Development Forum of the Initiative for Nicaragua (FEDH-IPN) has forged an alliance with students from different universities in the country, as well as organisations and youth groups, to prepare the study “Youth Participation and Processes of Social Transformation: Implication, Impact, Challenges and Commitments “. The study, still under development, seeks to systematise the participation of organised youth in regards to sociopolitical contexts of social transformation and in the creation of new educational paradigms.

As a result of this process, a “Thematic Roundtable on Higher Education” was established within the coalition to strengthen the capacities of young people as leaders of student movements, for university autonomy, and to promote their active participation in the university system. Likewise, the initiative seeks to delineate response and protection strategies to the violent repression of social protests that began in April 2018.

The FEDH-IPN is also encouraging the participation and involvement of young people in the development of the alternative civil society report that will be presented by the coalition to the United Nations Human Rights Council during the Universal Periodic Evaluation (UPR) of the State of Nicaragua, to be held in May 2019. In that way, the coalition hopes to promote and demand the fulfilment of an active social participation and the human right to education, especially focusing on higher education and its autonomy, as well as denouncing the violations to human rights and social protest.

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