The Hague Youth as Global Citizens

How can young people, policymakers, and international institutions in The Hague come closer together around the themes of 'peace, justice, and international cooperation', and what can we achieve with the interaction between these groups?

That is the central question that the 'Haagse Jongeren als Wereldburgers' action-research project, carried out in collaboration with The Hague University of Applied Sciences and the T.M.C. Asser Institute, seeks to address. The project, aimed at young people aged 15-25 in The Hague's Schildersbuurt and Moerwijk, as well as two schools in Benoordenhout and Bezuidenhout, aligns closely with UN SDG 16 'Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions', a goal to which The Hague, as an international city of peace and justice, is constantly working.

The project consists of three main phases. The first phase primarily involves conducting research to answer the central question, using interviews and the Q-method. Interviews are conducted in community centers and schools in The Hague by students from The Hague University of Applied Sciences. The Q-method, commonly used in psychology and social sciences, is a methodology used for assessing viewpoints. With the Q-method, it is possible to compare the viewpoints of young people and policymakers in The Hague.

The second phase involves a course organized by the T.M.C. Asser Institute focusing on negotiation and conversation techniques. This course is open to young people from schools and community centers in The Hague. Additionally, young people participate in organized visits to international organizations, including the Helsinki Committee, the Children and Youth Rights Shop, and the Municipality of The Hague.

The third phase of the 'Haagse Jongeren als Wereldburgers' project involves organizing, facilitating, and observing focus group discussions in schools and community centers in The Hague. These discussions bring together young people, policymakers, and representatives from the international field to engage in fruitful dialogue on important issues.

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dr. Rosa Groen