Georgian Youth Politicians Learn About Campaigning

May 11th, 2012   Caucasus | Education | Georgia | News

“Act instead of talking” was the slogan of the Georgian government party, United National Movement (UNM) in the last Presidential election in 2008. Since then, the government has in fact acted. Corruption, which after independence was widespread, has been reduced and economic growth has increased. There is still work to be done in order for the country to become a full democracy and in October it will be determined whether President Mikheil Saakashvili and the UNM will get four more years to approach that goal. The election campaign has already begun and international election observers have been invited.    

4-6 May 2012, the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation organized a workshop about political campaigning. The target group was representatives from the UNM Youth League and the conference took place in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Speakers were Gustaf Stenlund, press secretary at the Swedish Commission of Health Services, Henrik Kelfve, head of public communication at Swedavia and Veiko Lukmann, advisor to the recently resigned Estonian defence minister.

The young politicians learned about how to formulate and communicate a political message as well as how to address the voters. Included in the seminars were practical tasks and cases where the participants had to form their own political campaign and convince their audience. The future politicians participated whole heartedly and shared a great deal of enthusiasm during the proceedings.

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