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.