14ymedio, Havana, 23 May 2019 — The Freedom and Democracy Academy (ALD) is a new project of the Youth Front of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (Unpacu) to promote citizenship and youth leadership within this opposition organization.
The academy, which carries out training activities on democratic values, is aimed at Unpacu members between 16 and 35 years of age in eastern Cuba.
Since its creation, under the direction of the opposition leader Carlos Amel Oliva Torres, the ALD has held two workshops and a reading circle in which 26 young people participated.
The first dealt with the characteristics and importance of democracy and the rule of law, and the second addressed the mechanisms of democratic participation, including referendums and legislative initiatives.
In the reading circle a group of young people met to reflect on a presentation by the American political scientist Francis Fukuyama, in which he analyzed the 15th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The goal of the reading circle was to strengthen the qualities for analysis and spark a taste for reading and promoting debate and dialogue among young people to encourage them to be reflective and critical citizens.
This project has the support of the Political Institute for Freedom, a Peruvian NGO with the support of international organizations such as Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Friedrich Naumann Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy and RELIAL (Liberal Network of Latin America).
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