Newsletter #39 - December 2016
Meeting of the Partnership Management Board
On 1 December representatives of the two partner institutions and of the European Youth Forum met in Brussels, at the office of the Council of Europe, to discuss the 2017 work plan of the EU-CoE youth partnership. The participants were Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Youth and Sport, Erasmus+ and Ms Karin Lopatta-Loibl, Policy Officer, Youth Policy Unit, representing the European Commission on one side, and in representation of the Council of Europe Mr Matthew Johnson, Director of Democratic Citizenship and Participation, Mr Florian Cescon, Head of the Youth Policy Division, Ms Laurence Hermand, Steering Committee on Youth (CDEJ), French Community of Belgium, Mr Valentin Dupouey, the Advisory Council on Youth (AC), Erasmus Student Network.
Partnership Consultative Meeting
European Knowledge Centre on Youth Policy (EKCYP)
This year EKCYP has been enriched gradually with updated background information papers on national youth policy in 14 Council of Europe Member States, national studies on youth attitudes, values and expectations in several countries and analytical papers on national approaches to reducing inequalities among young people as well as analytical papers looking at the refugee crisis in Europe: challenges, debates and projects. Many analytical papers produced for the seminars organised by the EU-CoE youth partnership in the autumn have also been added to the knowledge centre. Key messages and reports of the 2015 Symposium on Participation of Young People in a Digitalised World as well as of the Symposium (Un)Equal Europe? Responses from the Youth Sector are part of the latest enrichment of EKCYP.
European Platform on Learning Mobility (EPLM)
The Steering Group of the EPLM met in Bonn on 17-18 November. On that occasion, they discussed and approved the Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the Youth Field and the next steps for the development of indicators and a handbook; they planned ahead for the 2017 biennial conference, to take place in France on 22-24 November 2017 with the title “From Good to Better: Enhancing Quality in Learning Mobility in the Youth Field from Cross-sectoral Perspectives”; and updated each other on recent developments in the area of learning mobility in the youth field.
Charter on Quality in Learning Mobility in the Youth Field
The newly approved Charter is the first part of a to-be developed framework on quality in learning mobility in the youth field, featuring also a set of indicators and a handbook of good practice collected from the youth sector. It consists of twenty principles that can help deliver a high quality mobility project. It is written for project organisers and the focus is on non-formal education activities, such as international youth mobility projects, from youth exchanges, to volunteering, to school exchanges, to youth worker mobility, to vocational apprenticeships etc.
The Charter is the product of a high number of contributions from various experts and very experienced practitioners. The document will soon be available online.
“Getting Across”: a Peer-learning Seminar on Cross-sectoral co-operation in the Western Balkans
Annual meetings of PEYR and of EKCYP correspondents
This year, the EU-CoE youth partnership organised not only separate meetings of the two groups, but also a joint meeting which consisted of inputs of experts, working groups and open plenary discussions to which both PEYR and EKCYP members contributed as well as invited guests, such as youth researchers, youth organisations’ representatives and youth policy experts. Five themes were identified and discussed: learning mobility; participation and e-participation; transitions to adulthood; young migrant and refugees; and bridges in young people’s protection. The report of the event will be available soon online. The event took place on 7 September at the European Youth Centre in Budapest.
When it comes to the two separate meetings, researchers from PEYR and a few more experts gathered on 6 September to exchange views and updates on the respective areas of research in the field of youth in Europe and beyond, while the correspondents of EKCYP met on 8 September to discuss the recent and future developments of the Knowledge Centre, and the format of the country sheets provided. A new PEYR will start to work with one-year mandate, renewable, as of 2017 and a call for members will be published soon by the team of the EU-CoE youth partnership. EKCYP correspondents will focus on gathering knowledge on youth work and on specific themes linked to the work of the EU-CoE youth partnership.
Workshop “Connections, disconnections and reconnections – the social dimension of youth work, in history and today”
The event took place in Malta on 21-23 September and intended to look at social inclusion of young people through youth and social work. It aimed at identifying concepts, tools and support measures for socially excluded young people and promoting a common understanding of youth work as a social practice; further, it invited a couple of countries which had not been part of earlier reflections to tell their (hi)stories about youth work. It was part of a series of workshops on the history of youth work, exploring how it has developed in Europe, its roots, connections with other fields and development of its own identity. The contributions will be edited in a volume under the Youth Knowledge Books series.
"Journeys to a New Life": an expert seminar on the role of youth work in integration of young refugees in Europe
Expert meeting on South-Mediterranean youth co-operation, Brussels, 12-13 December: entitled ‘Building Knowledge Networks for Evidence-based Policy and Practice’, this meeting will look primarily at the situation of research in the field of youth and aim to identify some relevant themes for the coming years. It will gather about 25 experts and strengthen contacts with potential researchers covering youth in South-Mediterranean countries.