The project PRESENTES aims to increase political participation of excluded youth in Chile during the Convención Constituyente 2021/22 and beyond. By supporting a more inclusive process during the drafting of the New Constitution, we aim to increase the ownership of the New Constitution among youth.
Through the methodology of simulation games we seek to collect the opinions and expectations of young Chileans about the new constitution and create the conditions for their effective participation in this important moment for our country.
From September 2021, we will implement face-to-face and online workshops throughout the country, where young people between 12 and 18 years old will be able to express their opinions and ideas regarding the contents of the new Constitution. The simulation games stimulate dialogue and allow participants to look at conflicts from a different perspective, encouraging collaborative problem solving.
After the execution of this series of workshops, their results will be transmitted to the Constituent Convention in different instances of dialogue, for which we will have the important support of the Office of the Children's Ombudsman.
The project aims to increase marginalized youth's ownership of the New Constitution currently being developed through simulation game workshops that will result in documenting their needs and opinions and will be presented to the Constituent Assembly.
The project also ensures youth's political participation beyond the development of the constitution through a sustainable online platform that connects youth with official decision makers, allowing them to engage in public debates and voice their needs.
Primary target group: young constituency between 16 and 24 years old, from marginalized areas.
Key actors within the project: teachers and students from educational institutions who will facilitate workshops and local NGOs and trainers in the field of civic education who will help in designing, implementing and evaluating the workshops.
The project consists of two working packages: 1) Ownership, which will be implemented through a kick-off-meeting to define the learning goals of the simulation game in cooperation with the local partners, followed by simulation game development, where a tailor-made simulation game will be developed to serve those goals. Next CRISP trains local trainers to facilitate the simulation game in preparation for the implementation phase where local trainers implement the game online and offline in different regions in Chile. Finally, an evaluation seminar takes place where the results of the simulation game are gathered, analyzed and prepared.
In the second working package 2) Political Participation, and in cooperation with the academic partners the OPPP is developed and launched, through which 3 public debates take place highlighting marginalized youth's opinions, ideas and expectations. Then, the proposals from the evaluation seminar are presented to the Constitutional Assembly in a final event. At last, having launched and tested the OPPP, it will be gradually transferred to the academic partners.
Outcomes / Achievements
Working Package – 1: Ownership
The project creates a simulation game with learning goals tailored to youth in Chile's current situation. Local trainers will be trained on how to facilitate the game which will be implemented online, 100 times, each time with approximately 30 participants, reaching an estimated number of 3.000 direct beneficiaries. The results of the simulation game will be representative of the youth's needs and will be documented in the form of proposals that will be presented to the Constitutional Assembly, expressing youth's ideas and opinions on the most pestering topics (health, education, social security, native peoples and citizen participation).
Working Package – 2: Political Participation
By launching and testing the Online Platform for Political Participation, and with the moderation of trained facilitators, marginalized youth will vocalize their opinions on the New Constitution in public debates. The OPPP will also serve as a communication channel between youth and official decision makers even after the constitution development phase, under the supervision of “Tenemos Que Hablar de Chile” a common project by the University of Chile and the Universidad Catolica, supporting their already ongoing efforts in this direction.