Friday, March 1, 2019
Council of Europe
This network of schools has been progressively established along the last twenty years in a close partnership with the European Council. Only in 2012 that these schools of political studies have become active in the countries of central and eastern Europe which have been themselves in period of transition from an autocratic regime towards a democratic state .
The Tunisian school of politics would join a unique network with shared ethic founded on the fundamental values of the European Council which consist notably of consolidating and protecting democracy, human rights , and the rule of law.
An effective democracy and a good governance at all the levels are crucial to prevent conflicts, promote stability, foster the social and economic progress as well as for the creation of coherent and sustainable community.
Protecting and promoting the rule of law evolve around ensuring justice, developing independent, efficient, transparent and democratically accountable institutions, elaborating common norms and fighting against threats to the rule of law.
The promotion and the protection of human rights do not only ensure compliance with the European Convention on Human rights but they also defend the equitable and egalitarian treatment of citizens.
Based on this common ethic, the main added value of the schools is creating a space where the attitudes relatives to democracy, human rights and governance can be explored in independent, trustworthy, and politically neutral environment which would encourage the dialogue and comprehension between groups that have rarely communicated together.
The schools’ success is mainly due to their capacity to unite persons who have rarely communicated with each other such as members of political parties or political leaders or representatives from the civil society. These schools would facilitate the removal of religious, ethnic, political, and social barriers and create a healthy climate of dialogue and mutual understanding. In fact, thanks to their activities in the country and their bilateral and regional activities, the schools have shown their capacity to promote measures of confidence.
The network of schools aims at being a platform of shared information, of expertise and good practices fostering the development of horizontal links notably on bilateral, regional and interregional plans. On the other side, this network offers for the schools an opportunity to work in partnership on projects and common initiatives while preserving their specificity and autonomy.
The belonging of the Tunisian school of politics to this network enables it to highly benefit from this platform of common values and the sharing of expertise between the schools.
The schools of the political studies bring together young leaders from civil society emanating from political parties and the different sectors of civil society including ethnic minorities, media and business world.
Focusing mainly on young leaders, the schools of political studies have come with specific and targeted contribution which aims at encouraging the new generations of leaders in the political, economic, social, cultural and environmental fields parallel to the formal and informal institutions.
In accordance with the role and the values of the European Council, the school’s annual cycles of seminars and other events shall cover a wide spectrum of topics : institution and democratic governance, electoral culture and system, freedom of expression and media freedom, the mechanism of human rights protection, and the civil society participation in taking decisions.
To take into account the main challenges that our societies are confronting, the schools’ programs are developing progressively. For instance, a growing number of events are devoted to issues like gender equality, environment protection and sustainable development, economy and finance.
Anther principal objective of the schools is reinforcing the participants’ practical competences in leadership, organization and communication.
During the last years and as the schools ‘network grows, many cooperation forms have been adopted. Bilateral and regional meetings between the schools are parts of their regular activities. This kind of meeting allows the establishment of certain forms of deep and informal dialogue about the relations between different countries of the same region ( Between Russia and Georgia, Armenia andAzerbaijan, or between Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia]
In addition, the schools maintain links with a growing number of alumni and calling them as a source of expertise and active multipliers for the spreading the values that underline all the school’s activities. Several students from the previous generations occupy high positions in politics, public administration, media, business world, civil society either in Tunisia or at an international level.
With regard to the practical operating mode, each School selects annually a group of approximately forty participants coming from the civil society, political parties, public administrative authorities, media as well as economic sector.
Every generation of participants take part in the world forum of democracy which is held every year in the European council. The presence in Strasbourg would offers the participants the opportunity of meeting their peers coming from other Schools in an informal or formal way through regional meetings that are arranged during their stay.