9.3 – Disintegrating Tyrant’s Key Pillar of Support – THE YOUTH

September 3rd, 2012

This is Ethiopian Review Policy Research Center’s series on From Dictatorship to Democracy extracted from books published by Albert Einstein Institution.


Teachers and students can become the catalyst for political change and can enlist support of other pillars of support in many societies.

Teachers help shape minds of young children, and they help older students to think critically. They provide students with ideas and also serve as role models. Every government depends heavily on teachers, because through teachers the young generations frequently adopt the rules and values that their governments want them to. Another reason is that teachers tend to keep students quiet, , busy, and in line!

Students have been at the forefront of nonviolent movements throughout the world’s history.
Students are usually too small in number to make major societal changes just by themselves, but they can have an important role in awakening and mobilizing people, pointing to problems, and communicating a movement’s Vision of Tomorrow.

Students also can make older people feel ashamed for not acting.
Furthermore, when students are part of a nonviolent movement, often their families also get involved.

And what’s more, Students often have fewer immediate responsibilities than older people, so they usually have more available time and are more willing to take risks and make sacrifices.

Finally, Students have a large stake in the future so they more often than others feel the need for change.

To view the key points, CLICK:Tyrant’s Key Pillars of Support – The YOUTH

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