Youth learning and employability top recommendations for Euromed youth policy
A set of nine recommendations for youth policy across the Euro-Mediterranean area has been drawn up by civil society representatives, decision-makers and experts at a conference organised by the Youth in Action programme. The recommendations seek to promote human security and development, employability and entrepreneurship through non-formal education and access to information society and knowledge economy.
‘From indignation to contribution’ was the title of the conference-debate organized last month in Lyon, by the National Institute of Youth and Education (INJEP), the French national Agency for the EU programme Youth in Action, the EU-funded SALTO-YOUTH and Euromed Youth IV programmes and the University of Lyon 2. The aim of the event was to learn from the strong mobilisation of young people one year after the Arab Spring and the waves of protest in Europe leveraging the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation tools funded by the European Commission.
The conference attracted 150 civil society representatives and decision makers, researchers, academics, experts and European programmes’ operators from both shores of the Mediterranean.
The recommendations stress the strengthening of Euro-Mediterranean cooperation among all public and private actors, as well as the recognition of a common framework about non-formal education promoting employability, entrepreneurship and volunteerism. Participants also advocated free information flow, knowledge sharing and innovation support.
They focus on two main issues, which are both strategic for the future of the region and consistent with subscribers’ competences, visions and values:
· Participation, non-formal education, and employability
· Build a long-term coalition among all the stakeholders (including the private sector) involved in the youth social context
· Support entrepreneurship initiatives by young people in the Euromed area
· Adapt/reinforce a visible Euro-Mediterranean framework for non formal education that supports voluntarism and employability
· Ensure the sustainability of youth-oriented NGOs
· Promote the added value/recognition of competences acquired through non-formal education in Euromed
· Information society and knowledge economy
· Promote universal access to information through Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs)
· Preserve the free flow of information and the sharing of knowledge
· Support innovation and the knowledge economy
· Promote critical thinking about ICTs
Four Euromed Youth Units from the Euromed Youth IV programme have joined and shared this experience: Tunisia, Israel, Jordan and Palestinian Territories. On the side of the conference, they were given training by the Regional Capacity Building and Support Unit (RCBS) of the programme in the presence of the European Commission on procedures, Web-tools, training strategy, networking, website management and communication.
EuroMed Youth IV is funded by the EU during the period 2010-2013 with a budget of €5 million under the European Neighbourhood Policy. The programme aims at stimulating and encouraging mutual comprehension among young people in the Euro-Mediterranean region, fighting stereotypes and prejudices and enhancing the sense of solidarity among youth by promoting active citizenship. It also seeks to contribute to the development of youth policies in the Mediterranean Partner Countries. (ENPI Info Centre)
ENPI Info Centre webpage – youth