Uruguay – Young people and politics: "Being able to spread commitment is important"

10 September 2019

(ANS - Montevideo) - Motivating to the commitment and care of what surrounds us, as well as responding to concrete questions that challenge the present, taking on critical and objective positions and that lead to reflection, were some of the reasons why the Salesian work "Centro Monsignor Lasagna" (CML) organized a program of meetings on youth policy.

Victoria Vega is 23 years old, a Salesian past pupil, and was one of the team members who accepted the challenge to carry out this initiative. "I don't have much knowledge of politics, much less am I involved in party politics. The idea is to accompany young people, from the youngest, in the humble practice of thinking about how we are in relation to what surrounds us. The research was geared towards accompanying reflection."

The challenge was born from the interest in demonstrating to young people that politics is everywhere and that there is no reason to fall into partisan politics: "Politics emerges where we study, in the family, among friends, in the oratory, in everything that surrounds us. We wanted to show that we can do social militancy on a particular cause that concerns us if there is a real desire to change it," explains Victoria.

The young woman argues that it is important that young people engage in politics, and with politics she does not refer only to elections, but also to the awareness of having a position on the issue and to act accordingly. "Every person is born in a certain time and in certain circumstances: the vision of which everyone is a bearer contributes to completing the discussion at a general level, and is authentic," she emphasizes.

"There is great confusion today on the concept of politics," she continues, "and so we find ourselves with speeches with no interest and, in short, what we do is to ignore everything that surrounds us. Party politics is confused with what happens every day in our home, in our study centers and even on the street. This generates a distant political discourse. It is important to consider the parties, because they are the ones we then vote for and determine the proposals that define our reality, but we must not forget that politics is much more than this."

Even in Salesian circles there are young people with interesting projects and innovative ideas who intend to make a real change, becoming protagonists. The challenge is to see what a political position is, because it happens that many young people do not realize that they are constantly doing politics.

"The solution is between ourselves, being an example to others so they engage in the world of politics. Being able to spread commitment is important; we need to be active in participating, without thinking that we have to wait to be perfectly trained to take action," concludes Victoria.


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