The event, hosted by Georgian government, brought together up to 60 participants: youth work practitioners, youth work managers, trainers and related profiles, youth workers’ organisations, youth organisations, policy makers especially from Eastern Europe and from other European countries interested in co-operation in Eastern Europe, working at different levels, researchers, representatives of diverse entities involved in regional co-operation, in particular the SALTO EECA Resource Centre.
This event reflected on the diverse realities of youth work in Eastern Europe and on how to foster a better matching of its needs and those of the young people, with the reality of youth policy, on a regional level and with consideration for European institutional developments. Thus, it informed the work of the High Level Task Force on the implementation of the CM Recommendation on youth work and the statutory bodies on Youth. The event refered to the research on educational pathways of youth workers and on youth work professions and vocations, and facilitate cooperation on developing offers for education and training of youth workers. It took the form of a peer-learning event and was an opportunity to promote relevant European and national tools.
The country realities have identified the following trends in youth work development across the region with a strong emphasis on quality development of youth work, including
- Strong infrastructure and youth work services at local and regional level (youth clubs and youth centres with a strong non-formal education component)
- Recognition of the contribution of youth work for young people’s skills and employability
- Need to develop formal education offers and promotion of recognition of youth work profession as well as its impact in society
- Need to connect to European initiatives on youth work.