The Earth Charter Youth Group Warri held a special democracy and participation workshop for physically challenged people in Warri, Nigeria on the 25th July 2009. Fifteen participants spent 5 hours in discussing on the Earth Charter’s 13th principle: “Strengthen democratic institutions at all levels, and provide transparency and accountability in governance, inclusive participation in decision making, and access to justice.”
The workshop consisted of
- the ECYG’s coordinator’s introduction on the Earth Charter;
- review on Nigerian laws that pertain to people with disability;
- a motivational talk by a radio presenter;
- discussions on matters of election, participation, and democracy.
The aim is that this group will continue working with the Earth Charter in the future as well.
The workshop was part of the Passing it On -component of the Democracy Series: Participation – Learning and Active Youths (DESPLAY) which is an initiative of Youngstars Foundation, funded by NED Washington DC – USA.
The workshop was reported by ECYG Warri’s coordinator Maxwell Ogaga.