The Centre for Development and Ethnic Studies (CDES) organizes the Federalism Academy together with the Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) and the Yangon University Open Political Society (YUOPS). The main purpose of the fifteen-day training program is to create and strengthen a network of young people with common goals and visions on federalism, democracy and peace in Myanmar by strengthening their skills and knowledge on the current political debates. Since we see young people as tomorrow’s leaders, the program targets university students between the ages of 18 and 25 who are highly motivated to work on Myanmar’s transition towards a peaceful and democratic federal union.
The Federalism Academy consists of three modules of five days each, which are held during the university holidays in April, May and October for the same group of approximately 25 participants. The three modules consist of lectures, discussions, study trips, panel discussions, group presentations, assigned readings and critical literature reflections, which offer participants the opportunity to gain extensive knowledge about federalism, democracy and peace in Myanmar. The modules are organized at different locations to provide participants with exposure to different contexts and stakeholders. Both national and international resource persons and practitioners share their expertise in the program.
During the program, participants:
· Gain a clear understanding of the topics discussed and their relevance to Myanmar
· Develop and strengthen skills such as writing and critical thinking
· Expand their network by engaging with other participants and the resource persons
Federalism Academy 2019
Federalism Academy 2020