This year's General Assembly of the European Coordination Via Campesina took place in Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain), from the 15th to 17th of April. MIJARC Europe, as founder member of this platform which gathers 27 farming bodies from 17 countries across Europe, sent its Vice-President Olivier Dugrain to be represented there.
Apart from a new elected Coordinating Committee, an yearly action plan was set up including the axes:
- Promoting agroecology
- Strengthening the Food Sovereignty movement
- Offering support to small- and medium-farmers on all levels
Read more about this event here.
The first time cooperation between the European Youth Foundation and the Pestalozzi Programme will take the form of a training bringing together participants from the youth sector, the adult education sector and the teacher training area.
This training will deal with the following issue: "Respect – Responsible attitudes and behaviour in the virtual social space". Complementing the Council of Europe's flagship programme "Young People Combating Hate Speech Online" running between 2012 – 2014, it will focus on the role education –formal/informal- can play in developing responsible attitudes and behaviours in the virtual social space.
At the end of the course participants will be better equipped to take action to counter irresponsible behaviour, raise awareness and educate others on the importance of responsible behaviour, while being themselves examples of good practice.
Therefore, the EYF is looking for 15 participants from the youth sector to take part in the "Respect – Responsible attitudes and behaviour in the virtual social space" training!
If you are interested in the topic and you have some previous experience in using the virtual social space, while having carried out/supported activities with your NGO - this invitation is for you! The deadline is 25 May 2013!
All information and application form are available on our website: http://eyf.coe.int
Strasbourg, 25th April 2013 the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) took important steps in the rights-based approach to youth policy through concrete measures to ensure young people's full access to their rights by adopting a recommendation in Strasbourg.
The European Youth Forum congratulates the PACE for adopting its Recommendation “Young people’s access to fundamental rights“, for showing their willingness to push forward a rightsbased
approach to youth policy and for reiterating its call for a binding legal framework at European level. Youth rights are now well and trully at the centre of the Council of Europe’s work.
Please find the whole press release HERE!
Successful elections for MIJARC Europe!
In the middle of April around 150 representatives of youth organisations from all over Europe travelled to Brussels to take part in one of the two most important annual events of the European Youth Forum, which is indeed the COMEM.
MIJARC Europe, represented by Ana Silva (European Secretary) and Lyubomir Todorov (President) had the chance to exchange with peers on various topics and discuss the major challenges that young people are faced with in the current crisis. A policy paper on employment was adopted calling for concrete actions by politicians and policy-makers who should address this pressing for the young people issue.
Participants of the CoMem of the European Youth Forum
A major point on the agenda of the meeting was the election of 20 organisations which will be taking part in the Advisory Council on youth, part of the youth department of the Council of Europe. In an extremely competitive environment, based on ideas, visions and commitments, it is with great pleasure to announce that MIJARC Europe has been successfully elected. Our representative will have the responsibility to raise the voice of young people from the rural areas as the only organisation working in the field. However, with this mandate given us by all the members of the European Youth Forum, we have the obligation to ensure that our work effectively gives results for the wellbeing of all the millions of young people represented in the platform.
Last but not least, discussions took place which will be the basis for the creation and adoption of other policy papers aiming and further improving the living conditions of young people as well as the possibility for their personal and professional development.
We are committed to continue our active participation in the European Youth Forum and we believe that our efforts will be indeed beneficial in our struggle for rural development.
KLJ, the Belgian member movement of MIJARC, has established in 2012 a MIJARC Working Group, composed by several rural young volunteers from different regional groups of KLJ.
They are highly motivated young people who have already participated in some event from MIJARC and are playing a very important role inside KLJ, by showing other youngsters what is MIJARC and which opportunies we are providing.
Putting all their creativity in practice they have built an interactive game which can be played individually or in group. They have put it in test last weekend during the activity 'T Groep from the regional KLJ East Flanders and the result was... a big success (we testified)!
MIJARC Europe Stand with the Game created by KLJ's MIJARC Working Group
KLJ kindly shares with all of you this game so you can use it in your own groups and events if you want to use this idea to promote MIJARC Europe.
The game is composed by:
> a Europe map, showing the countries where MIJARC Europe has its member movements (download);
> a card for each country where the players will have to put the correspondent answers (download);
> the answers for those who are not that sure (download);
We hope you enjoy and Thank You KLJ!