Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – European Youth and African Youth & the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub (Part 1)

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub Initiative.

Less than a year ago, youth from Africa & Europe developed new ideas on six topics, essential to the AU-EU Partnership. The outcome (AU-EU Youth Declaration and Agenda) was presented at the 5th AU-EU Summit in Abidjan.

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub is where African & European Youth THINK and ACT TOGETHER.

The AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub, launched in October 2018, is about turning some of those ideas into reality; piloting them on a small scale but with maximum impact, visibility and result-evidence. With €10 million, civil society organisations, and 42 Young Experts from both continents as core drivers.

The six clusters AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub: Culture, Sports & Arts Education Environment Business Governance Peace & Security.

The first three clusters will be presented in the report.

Education and Skills
1. We call upon AU and EU Member States to create and incorporate a framework for the recognition and validation of competences gained through non-formal education, including that provided through youth organisations, to ensure life-long learning and skills development. 2. We call for further collaboration under the Africa-EU Partnership to accelerate the implementation of the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation Initiative and urge a move towards mutual recognition of evaluation systems and formal education diplomas between African and EU countries to enhance mobility of students and young professionals. 3. We call on AU and EU Member States to guarantee universal access to quality and inclusive education, recognising the importance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

Business, Job Creation and Entrepreneurship
1. We strongly urge AU and EU Member States to work closely with economic actors and other relevant stakeholders to create a conducive business environment that boosts investment and makes it easier for young people to establish and operate enterprises within and across both continents. 2. We call upon AU and EU Member States to facilitate programmes that enhance sustainable access to finance, ensuring that young people from all backgrounds are enabled to access enterprise funding. 3. We urge the Africa-EU Partnership to create a framework that provides comprehensive and continuous capacity building programmes to enhance young people’s employability and the ability of young entrepreneurs to run sustainable business.

Governance, Political and Democratic Inclusion, and Activism
1. We call upon AU and EU Member States to invest in citizenship and human rights education providers and foster and financially support spaces for exchange and learning between them, to support the enhancement of the meaningful participation of all young people, including vulnerable groups, in society. 2. We call on African and European leaders to bring the age of candidacy in line with the voting age, as it is only rational that young people who are eligible to vote should be equally eligible to stand for election. 3. We call on governments and institutions to work with youth organisations towards the creation of a European Youth Charter, taking inspiration from the African Youth Charter and, in the framework of the Africa-EU Partnership, to define mechanisms for monitoring young people’s access to rights on both continents.




Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Employment and Entrepreneurship (Part 2)

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Employment and Entrepreneurship (Part 2)

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the: Youth Policies, Employment and Entrepreneurship.

European Committee of the Regions (CoR): Building a stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies in support of Employment and Entrepreneurship:

  • Acknowledges the fact that primary responsibility for education policy lies with the Member States who have involved their regional and local authorities to different extents in accordance with their respective constitutional systems, and that EU action in line with Article 6 of the TFEU should only complement, support or coordinate the action of Member States; any EU action in this area must be fully justified from a subsidiarity and proportionality standpoint and should align with existing frameworks, tools and procedures;
  • Believes that education policy strategies in Member States and regions should prioritise cooperation at all levels of governance, including local and regional authorities, with a view to aligning high quality learner-centred education, featuring strong teaching, innovation and digitalisation, with the needs of the dynamically evolving labour market, in the context of principle 1 of the European Pillar of Social Rights;
  • Welcomes the proposal of the European Commission on promoting automatic mutual recognition of higher education and upper secondary education diplomas and the outcomes of learning periods abroad, and invites the Commission to take into account in its future work the links with territorial development, notably where local and regional projects involve mobility of skilled workers and staff;
  • Reiterates the Council Recommendation of 20 December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning, and suggests that the EU and national decision-makers pay particular attention to the potential, in this context, of partnerships that could be developed between national, regional and local authorities, companies, employees and employee associations, as well as civil society players, to take such skills and qualifications into account;
  • Requires that the EU institutions and Member States, with the support of local and regional authorities in consultation with stakeholders, implement the current proposals within the context of broader EU policies for economic development, employment and social protection by making strategic use of the Multi-Annual Financial Framework after 2020, where specific education policies should be more clearly and more ambitiously articulated, and emphasises the importance of upholding the proportionality principle to ensure that no new financial or administrative burdens are generated for Member States.

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Employment and Entrepreneurship (Part 1)

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the: Employment and Entrepreneurship.

What is the EU’s role?

To promote youth employment and entrepreneurship, the EU and its member countries work together to:

  • Address the concerns of young people in employment strategies
  • Invest in the skillsemployers look for
  • Develop career guidanceand counselling services
  • Promote opportunities to work and train abroad
  • Support quality internships/apprenticeships
  • Improve childcareand shared family responsibilities
  • Encourage entrepreneurship

How is this being done?

Increasing youth employment is central to the EU’s employment policy, within the context of the Europe 2020 growth and jobs strategy.

Key actions:

  • The Youth Guaranteeis a commitment by all Member States to ensure that all young people under the age of 25 years receive a good-quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within a period of four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. It is based on a Council Recommendation adopted in April 2013 following a proposal from the Commission.
  • In its December 2016 Communication Investing in Europe’s Youththe Commission proposes a renewed effort to support young people:
    • Better opportunities to access employment
    • Better opportunities through education and training
    • Better opportunities for solidarity, learning mobility and participation
  • A new initiative is the European Solidarity Corps, which is aimed at creating opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in solidarity related-projects that benefit communities and people around Europe.
  • Quality Framework for Traineeshipshas been set up with a view to proposing guidelines for traineeships outside formal education to provide high quality learning content and fair working conditions.
  • The European Alliance for Apprenticeshipsaims at finding ways to reduce obstacles to mobility for young people.

Youth entrepreneurship

Youth entrepreneurship is high on the EU political agenda as a tool to combat youth unemployment and social exclusion as well as stimulating innovation among young people:

Youth work and non-formal learning play an important role in developing the creative and innovative potential of young people including entrepreneurial skills. Youth policy and programmes at EU and national level support this:

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Role as hosting organisation for the training course: The Dark Side of Youth – Theory and Practice of Youth Violence for Youth Workers – 31 August 2018 – 8 September 2018 – Rovereto, Italy

We are proud to have collaborated with the following organizations, Youth Centre SMART LAB, the Ministry of Justice / Tribunal for Minors of Trentino, Támaszpont Mentálhigiénés, Oktatási és Prevenciós Közhasznú Alapítvány, DIALOGOS e.V, Fundacja Centrum Aktywności Twórczej, Asociatia PLURAL Asociatia PLURAL, Sdruzhenie Balgarsky Mladezhki Forum, Neoi Ellados Se Eyropaiki Drasi, Inceptus,Evropske centrum mladeze Breclav/European Youth Centre Breclav z. s. in the implementation of this training course – thanks to the support of the Erasmus+ Programme – with over 25 participants from Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

A brief overview of the contents of the project:

The training course was designed to explore the topic of youth violence and related challenges for non-formal education theory and practice.

According to EUROSTAT and the WHO violent behaviours of European youth have increased since 2009. Youth violence was never consistently addressed by youth work’s practitioners due to the discourse dominance of psychologists and sociologists. A critical review of theories and methodologies of violence prevention in the youth sector continues to be urgently needed.

The training course “The dark side of youth: theory & practice of violence for youth workers” addressed needs of youth sector’s stakeholders to better analyse both risk and protective factors of youth violence.

It offered a learning experience – based on non-formal education methodologies that enabled participants to better counteract and prevent youth violence on a local level.

Participants analyzed and explored risk factors (RF) leading to youth violence, including at individual, family, peer and social and finally, community levels.

They also gained insight into non-formal education (NFE) methodologies to be able to foster protective factors (PF) against youth violence.

Participants also explored push and pull factors, root causes and forms of violence and adopted an intersectional approach to discrimination regarding violent behaviours.

They had the opportunity to assess and by doing so, reshape cross-sectoral strategies of NGOs and to counteract youth violence in local communities.

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 2

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 2

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the paper: “MISSIONS A problem-solving approach to fuel innovation-led growth” by Mariana MAZZUCATO.


WHY EUROPE NEEDS MISSIONS The ability of innovation to spur economic growth has long been recognised. Less recognised is the fact that innovation has not only a rate but also a direction. By harnessing the directionality of innovation, we also harness the power of research and innovation to achieve wider social and policy aims as well as economic goals. Therefore, we can have innovation-led growth that is also more sustainable and equitable. Finding ways to steer economic growth, and the European policy agenda, is difficult but necessary. Missions are a powerful tool to do this. They can provide the means to focus our research, innovation and investments on solving critical problems, while also spurring growth, jobs and resulting in positive spillovers across many sectors. Critically, by spearheading public research and innovation investments in new strategic areas that have the possibility to bring together different actors (public, private and third sector) and spurring collaboration across different sectors (e.g. from transport to digital to nutrition) it is possible to awaken private sector investment that continues to lag. Indeed, what drives private investment is the perception of future growth opportunities. Missions help define those opportunities in ambitious ways. Mission-oriented policies can be defined as systemic public policies that draw on frontier knowledge to attain specific goals or “big science deployed to meet big problems”. Missions provide a solution, an opportunity, and an approach to address the numerous challenges that people face in their daily lives. Whether that be to have clean air to breathe in congested cities, to live a healthy and independent life at all ages, to have access to digital technologies that improve public services, or to have better and cheaper treatment of diseases like cancer or obesity that continue to affect billions of people across the globe. To engage research and innovation in meeting such challenges, a clear direction must be given, while also enabling bottom-up solutions. The debate about directionality should involve a wide array of stakeholders, each contributing to the key questions: What are the key challenges facing society; How can concrete missions help solve those challenges; How can the missions be best designed to enable participation across different actors, bottom-up experimentation and system-wide innovation?


Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Focus on Research – Part 1

Biweekly report on Literature about Youth Policies – Part 1

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links of the European Research Council.

Proof of Concept ERC-2018-PoC

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Deadline: 11 Sept 2018

Who can apply? All Principal Investigators in an ERC frontier research project, that is either on going or has ended less than 12 months before 1 January 2018, are eligible to participate and apply for an ERC Proof of Concept Grant. The Principal Investigator must be able to demonstrate the relation between the idea to be taken to proof of concept and the ERC frontier research project (Starting, Consolidator, Advanced or Synergy) in question.


Advanced Grants ERC-2018-AdG

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Deadline: 30 Aug 2018


Who can apply? Applicants for the ERC Advanced Grants – called Principal Investigators (PI) – are expected to be active researchers who have a track-record of significant research achievements in the last 10 years. The Principal Investigators should be exceptional leaders in terms of originality and significance of their research contributions. No specific eligibility criteria with respect to the academic requirements are foreseen.

Youth and marginalisation – Part 2 (European dimension)

As new edition of the biweekly report offered by our association on interesting literature and material concerning youth policies and education, we would like to point your attention to the following links offering high quality material on Youth and marginalisation within the EU Member States:

Title: The contribution of youth work to preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation;

Subtitle: A practical toolbox for youth workers & recommendations for policy makers: results of the expert group set up under the European Union Work Plan for Youth for 2016-2018;

Publication metadata The findings of the expert group of policy makers, researchers and practitioners detail the role of youth work on promoting active citizenship, preventing marginalisation and violent radicalisation. The expert group follows in its work the model of three levels of prevention at a generic, targeted and indicated level. In each level youth work and non-formal and informal learning have a role to play and need to be supported in different ways. The expert group provides concrete proposals in each level in accordance with the different challenges each level poses. The main outcomes of the expert group are: a practical toolbox for youth workers, both volunteers and employed, and organisations which train them with guidance on how to encourage active citizenship and prevent young people from marginalisation and radicalisation leading to violent extremism and deal with propaganda; together with policy recommendations addressed to public authorities from the local to the European level calling for a holistic approach in preventing radicalisation leading to violent extremism

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Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 4

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 4


Objectives: This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the fields of education, training and youth. The call comprises two lots, one for education and training (Lot 1) and one for youth (Lot 2). Each application must address one general objective and one of the specific objectives, which are listed separately for Lot 1 and for Lot 2. Both the general and specific objectives of the call are exhaustive: proposals that do not address them will not be considered. General objectives Projects submitted under this call under both lots should aim at: 1. Disseminating and/or scaling up good practices on inclusive learning initiated in particular at local level. In the context of the present call, scaling up means replicating good practice on a wider scale/transferring it to a different context or implementing it at a higher/systemic level; or 2. Developing and implementing innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and/or youth environments in specific contexts. Projects under both Lots are encouraged to actively involve role models9 as well as activities related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Lot 1 – Education and training Specific objectives: · Enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights; · Promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged learners, including through supporting teachers, educators and leaders of educational institutions in dealing with diversity and reinforcing socio-economic diversity in the learning environment; · Enhancing critical thinking and media literacy among learners, parents and educational staff; · Supporting the inclusion of newly arrived migrants in good quality education, including by assessing knowledge and validating prior learning; · Fostering digital skills and competences of digitally excluded groups (including older people, migrants and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds) through partnerships between schools, business and the non-formal sector, including public libraries. · Promoting European values, cultural heritage and heritage-related skills, common history, intercultural dialogue and social inclusion through education, non-formal and lifelong learning, in line with the objectives of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage. Projects are encouraged to involve role models in their activities, where appropriate.
Lot 2 – Youth Specific objectives: · Promoting civic participation of young people by developing the role of volunteering for social inclusion; · Preventing marginalisation and radicalisation leading to violent extremism of young people.


Projects are encouraged to actively involve role models 11 as well as activities related to the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.


Social Inclusion and Common Values: the Contribution in the Field of Education, Training and Youth – DEADLINE: 25/05/2018

Youth and marginalisation – Part 1 (extra-European dimension)

Youth and marginalisation – Part 1 (extra-European dimension)

A best practice of INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Building partnerships for change in developing countries concerning: Empowerment and inclusion of marginalised youth in the economic and political development of Timor-Leste.

Youth Building a New Career in Timor-Leste

While Timor-Leste has a very young population (0-24 years: 61%), youth find it hard to participate in the political or economic sphere. This poses the potential risk that children and young people will be excluded from formal employment and decision-making. The project addresses this situation by increasing their skill-set and preparing youth to use their rights to participate as citizens.

– Goal: Timorese youth participate in decision-making, realise their economic rights and promote peace.
– Specific Objective: Youth participate in the political development of their communities and have improved access to employment opportunities and training services.
– Key objectives: Increased capacity of youth leaders to engage with local leaders. Enhanced economic opportunities for un/underemployed youth.

– Overall achievement: Increased capacity of youth leaders from vulnerable groups, district-level youth-led CSOs and duty-bearers to engage on community development and local governance processes.
– Key achievements: Youth Engagement Strategy activities have been implemented in 15 villages to identify vulnerable youth and collect data reaching a total of 4,415 participants (2,125 female/2,290 male).
– 28 workshops on civic education were attended by 683 (284 female/399 male) and 12 workshops on hygiene education (WASH behaviour change) reached 289 participants (133 female/156 male).
– 6 community based organisations established providing training in public expenditure monitoring which involve community and local leaders in district level.
– 4 Debating and Public Speaking Clubs were established (2 in public universities and 2 at secondary schools) and have received training on public speaking, debating and social analysis. The students in secondary schools and universities are confident to speak in public and analyse identified problems they face.
– Debating and public speaking competitions were held at district and national level (broadcasted on TV) with participation of the Vice Minister of Education, a representative of the Australian Embassy, journalists and teachers (56 participants, 31 female and 25 male).
– 50 young people (25 female and 25 male) have participated in the national vocational training in the area of hospital administration.

– EC Contribution: € 479 000 (74.9% of total) with duration of 3 years
– Target beneficiaries: 100 youth leaders from vulnerable groups and 6 youth-district-based Civil Society Organisations, 5 000 un/underemployed youth in 4 sub-districts
– Target location: Districts Aileu (all 4 sub-districts Aileu Vila, Laulara, Remexio and Lequidoe) and Ainaro (sub-district Maubisse)

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Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 3

Relevant EU Calls for the Youth Sector – Part 3

European Youth Together is the new initiative that allows young people to become members of a European youth community, a network that will promote regional partnerships where young people can set up joint projects and thus experience the benefits of Erasmus+ in their region.

‘European Youth Together’ is a new Key Action 3 initiative that aims to create networks promoting regional partnerships, which will run in close cooperation with young people from across Europe. These networks can organise exchanges, promote training and allow young people to set up joint projects themselves.The Call will support activities from at least five youth organisations from different regions spread across Erasmus+ Programme Countries. The activities should be designed to share ideas about EU values, encourage wider civic participation, explore commonalities and help foster a sense of European citizenship.

As Commissioner Navrascics stated at the EU Youth Conference last year,

Young people can be the strongest force in building bridges. This includes bridges between East and West – both within the EU and with our neighbouring regions. To support this, I intend to set up a European Youth Community: “European Youth Together“. This will be a network promoting regional partnerships, building on our Erasmus programme and run in close cooperation with young people from both Eastern and Western European countries.

The selected projects should build on the outcomes of the New Narrative for Europe (or other similar policy debates) and link them to policy development at the local, regional, national and European level.

European Youth Together EACEA/16/2018 – DEADLINE: 25/05/2018