The Crown Prince Foundation (CPF) said Monday it had received a total of 4,805 applications from university students wishing to join its flagship training program "Ana Usharek".
The program is designed to help university students learn about the core principles of democracy, citizenship, human rights and civic responsibility.
In a statement, the CPF indicated that the number of students who applied to enroll in the "Ana Usharek" program in the first semester of the 2020/2021 academic year reached 3,850, while 1,225 students signed up to join the "Ana Usharek+".
The CPF is implementing the program in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) under funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The official implementation of the program started in March this year.
The Foundation noted that the students come from the following universities: Jadara University, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, the German Jordanian University, Al-Balqa Applied University and its Karak branch, the Princess Sumaya University for Technology, Al-Hussein Bin Talal University, the University of Jordan, the Hashemite University, the Zarqa University, Mu'tah University and Yarmouk University.
It pointed out that interaction with the students is already underway, noting a number of courses being held remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The program consists of two phases; the first is "An Usharek", an extracurricular training program that falls under the leadership theme in the CPF’s strategy.
This phase of the program targets university students and provides training on democratic practices, in addition to discussing current affairs. The students will also engage in training sessions on basic principles of democracy, human rights, political parties, elections, and the role of the media.
The second phase of the program "Ana Usharek+" includes year-long intensive and comprehensive workshops in which students learn how to identify and address the most important issues of concern to society.
It also offers training on how to mobilize opinion and garner community support, build an effective presence around causes via the Internet and social media, identify decision-makers and influencers and communicate with them.