All too often students take their own political consciousness for granted, but we must accept the immediate task of nurturing political enthusiasm in schools and colleges. 60% of people aged between 18 and 24 don't vote. The biggest barrier right now is the absence of a basic political education.
Using the tagline 'Take Charge of Change,' Being Young and Irish is a series of seminars organised by President Higgins whereby people aged between 17 and 26 can have their say on where Ireland is going.
Palestine's revolutionaries have both, predominantly formed of young, foreign-educated, middle-class idealists. Their backgrounds allowed them to understand the Occupation from an intellectual perspective.