Call for video submissions: Get involved and spread the world!
In 2013, the international peasant movement La Via Campesina will celebrate 20 years working to globalise its struggles and hopes. To celebrate this anniversary, La Via Campesina will be launching a new channel on line: Via Campesina TV. This on-line TV-channel aims to make peasant struggles and victories more visible concerning several different topics: food sovereignty; native seeds; and the fight for land, water and the protection of life. It will provide an outlet for showcasing the dynamism, energy, strength and solidarity that mutually enrich us in the continued fight for the world that we want.
Whether you are a farmer, a Via Campesina activist, a member of another allied or friendly organization, or simply someone who shares our struggle; or a video activist, a student, or a filmmaker, you are invited to submit short videos on land, food, agroecology, native seeds, water, food sovereignty, farmer organizations and struggles, or any campaign against GMOs, TNCs, the use of agrotoxins in agriculture and so on.
You don't need to be a professional filmmaker, but you should be willing to change our food system. Your videos will be published for the launch of our online TV channel, in March 2013.
How to get involved read more here
Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers
The youth sector of the Council of Europe is launching a call for participants for an LTTC offering youth workers who undertake activities with young people that experience disadvantage the opportunity:
- to gain insights into how the European level and engagement with policy actors can support their efforts to empower young people, and,
- to promote access to social rights for young people, in an effort of overcoming the disadvantage young people face due to exclusion, violence and discrimination.
The LTTC will develop the competences of 30 youth workers, in developing and implementing responses, projects and partnerships in support of youth-led efforts to overcome discrimination, exclusion and violence, in a European perspective.
Deadline to apply is 20 December 2012.
How to apply and more information find here
Erasmus is a widely known and successful programme that has attracted almost 3 million students since it began in 1987. Not many know that there is also an exchange opportunity to new or aspiring entrepreneurs called Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. During the Small and Medium Enterprises Week in October, the programme was put in the spotlight. Awards were given to success stories and an overview of the coverage was presented.
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs helps provide aspiring European entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to start and/or successfully run a small business in Europe. New entrepreneurs gather and exchange knowledge and business ideas with an experienced entrepreneur, with whom they stay and collaborate for a period of 1 to 6 months. The stay is partly financed by the European Commission.
Please read the programme guide for more information on conditions of participation.
You can find more information about the programme on the following website: http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/index.php
NEETs are the group of young people that find themselves neither in employment, education or training.
With unemployment levels for young people at unprecedented levels across the EU, a new report by Eurofound reveals how the greatest urgency lies with the 14 million young people currently not in employment, education or training (NEETs).
This report analyses the labour market situation of young people in Europe, with a specific focus on the NEET group. It examines the factors of belonging to the NEET group, and measures the economic and social costs of NEETs. It shows that successful policy initiatives address specific, disadvantaged subgroups in the NEET population. They are client-centred in their efforts to set young people on a pathway to long-term, sustainable employment and they are innovative, adopting new ways of reaching a target group. An executive summary is also available.
Check out and download the report .
Read more on Eurofound website
Three years with nationwide intercultural projects in the youth movements
The German Catholic Rural Youth Movement (KLJB) and the Alliance of Young Alevis in Germany (BDAJ) pronounce the start of their cooperative project “BirD — Bridge of interreligious dialogue”. Till 2015 about ten interreligious and intercultural projects on all levels of the two youth movements will be supported by the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ). Daniel Steiger, chaplain of the KLJB: “The KLJB engages for an emancipated living together of all humans in our country, no matter what social or cultural background they bring with them. Variety means enrichment for the work with young people in the KLJB. That’s why we are looking forward to many interreligious contacts on all levels. To come into contact and meet each other is the best way to understand each other.” Serdar Akin, national chairman of the BDAJ, points out: “We want to build bridges between the catholic youth and the young alevis. It is one important object of our movement to strengthen the intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Not only talk about integration, but do it — this is the object of our project.”
The interreligious dialogue is new territory for the KLJB, which augurs even more exciting experiences and continuing contacts. The interreligious dialogue offer the chance for the young members of the KLJB to reflect on their own faith.” sais Michael Schober, responsible for theological questions. “There is still not enough use of the peace potentials of religions, and interreligious contacts are a way to get there.” Serdar Akin: “The young alevis represent a humanistic religious community in Germany. Germany is also our home, and therefore we want to help creating society here.” Besides the interreligious projects of the diocese movements of the KLJB and the member movements of the BDAJ there will be annual interreligious networking conferences and a project journal. In the context of a major closing event the different actions will be presented to the public.
The two youth movements are looking forward to the common work. Tenor of the first advisory board meeting: “Only when you know each other, you are able to strike out in a new direction in situations of conflict.”