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Al Quds Center for Political Studies, in Cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Conducted an Introductory Training Program for Over 50 Young Men and Women from 17 Political Parties

Al Quds Center for Political Studies, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, conducted an introductory training program for over 50 young men and women (aged 18-35) from 17 political parties and 11 governorates. The program spanned six days and was divided into three two-day workshops. Women constituted 33% of the total participants. The participants represented a diverse spectrum of sociological backgrounds, political affiliations, and ideological currents in Jordan. The first workshop focused on introducing foundational concepts related to civil rights and democracy. These concepts included the civil democratic state, citizenship, identity, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, the social contract, and constitutional culture. The training was conducted by Mrs. Eva Abu Halaweh and Dr. Ahmed Al Jarabi’.

The second workshop addressed the legal framework surrounding political and public activism. Special attention was given to topics such as the political parties law, the election law, the cybercrime law, the right to access information law, and the right to public assembly law. The training was led by Dr. Saddam Abu Azzam and Dr. Ahmad Al-Ajarmeh. The third workshop focused on the details of the standards of internal democracy within political parties. The participants could develop ten crucial criteria that enabled them to review the internal democracy of their respective parties and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, the participants offered suggestions and recommendations to their parties with the aim of enhancing their internal democratic systems and aligning them with international standards. The training was conducted by Dr. Amina Maelainine, a former member of the Moroccan parliament for two consecutive terms under the Party of Justice and Development, and Mr. Oraib Al Rantawi, the Director-General of Al Quds Center for Political Studies.

The three workshops witnessed political discussions that took place after the conclusion of the trainings and beyond their agenda. These discussions addressed the most important political developments in Jordan and the surrounding region, as well as analyzed the landscape of political parties in Jordan after the settlement of their status in accordance with the new law. To conclude the workshop, Dr. Edmund Ratka, the resident representative to Jordan of Konrad Adenauer, engaged in a dialogue with the participants. He discussed various aspects of the German parliamentary and political party experience. He also attentively listened to their recommendations for improving the trainings. Following this, participation certificates were distributed to the participants.

It is worth noting that this training program is the second one in the last two years as part of the Jordanian Academy for Political Education. Last year, a hundred participants from political parties underwent training, and twenty-five of them received advanced training in strategic planning for political parties. Since its establishment, Al Quds Center has been providing training programs for civil society and political activists. Over the past twenty years, the center has organized numerous training programs covering various topics and skills, benefiting thousands of Jordanians. This stems from the center's firm belief in the importance of empowering individuals and enhancing the capacities of political organizations.