One of Esquel’s main commitments has been the contribution to the strengthening of the country’s youth participation and involvement. Building on this pursuit, Esquel is supporting the creation of the National Youth Network, looking to get young people from different provinces involved in a sustained participatory capacity building and strengthening process.
For the creation of the network, Esquel has already approached several youth organizations’ representatives. As a result of this effort, Esquel’s youth team participated in the Zone 7 Youth Gathering bringing together representatives of youth organizations from the Ecuadorian southern provinces of Zamora, El Oro, and Loja in the city of Loja. During this event, Esquel facilitated the discussion on citizen participation, human rights, and democracy.
Furthermore, the Network attempts to offer a sustained discussion platform for the youth to share concerns and jointly formulate new projects and initiatives.