Training for Employment: Journeys to the south-eastern parts of Europe and beyond, to Central Asia and North Africa - Coyote - Issue # 5

Are you interested in knowing more about Europe and its neighbouring regions? This issue of Coyote takes you on journeys to the south-eastern parts of Europe and beyond, to Central Asia and North Africa, to discover some of their civil societies and, in particular, the associative youth life in these regions.

Exploring the reality of a particular region or country and highlighting some interests and challenges for work in terms of training approaches and contents is the theme of several articles and constitutes a particular focus of this Coyote. How can training and youth work help to act against the isolation of a country like Algeria? How can it provide young people with an opportunity to use their energy and motivation to work towards change in a society like Georgia where professional opportunities are limited for many? What importance do painful collective memories play in Europe, in particularly in a region suffering from conflicts like the Balkans, and what space is there for dealing with participants’ memories in training courses in this region? And, as a trainer coming from outside the region where you run a training, how can you make yourself understood in a foreign cultural context such as Central Asia, and how adaptable are the concepts and methods we use? These are some of the questions that the different authors pursue in their articles which also underline the importance to support youth work and intercultural encounters in those regions.

Intercultural youth work, both local and international, has also got to cope with the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington and the subsequent "war on terrorism". These articles give us all food for thought here.

As always, Coyote also stands for diversity. So this issue also contains articles that are less focused on a particular country or region, but rather issue-based or presenting a training method or methodology.