To reflect on future means to act in common with youth
The German Catholic Rural Youth Movement (KLJB) demands structural changes towards more youth participation. The delegates of the Committee in October 2012 passed a resolution concerning structural changes in the advisory and decision-making bodies of rural development. Karin Silbe, member of the national board of KLJB, points out: “Rural youth has to be actively involved with their needs in politics, economy and church, to keep rural areas vital for the future. This can only succeed in taking youth seriously by political decision-makers and approaching them via youth familiar media such as social networks.”
The KLJB believes that the current negotiation about the Common Agricultural Policy (GAP) of the EU is an appropriate option to ameliorate the structures of the youth participation: On the one hand in the area Leader, which is a participation method for the regional population of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (ELER), on the other hand in the master plan of the common task “Amelioration of the agricultural structure and the coast protection” (GAK) where the guidelines about the support of integrated rural development are determined.
Simultaneously the motivation by near-term implementation, a language appropriate for young people as well as appealing working and discussing methods are the preconditions for a successful participation of youth, so the KLJB in their position paper. In their position paper the KLJB considers local, regional, national and European aspects. Uli Böll, responsible for rural development: “Young people often feel uncomfortable when discussing with many adults who are rhetorically more experienced. On the other side adults perhaps are not used to discuss in chats and social networks.” It is one object of the youth movement to show that the current structures are not attractive for young people. The KLJB requests legal guidelines, commitments or sponsorship, for example by budgets for additional effort to create committees and communication more attractive for young people. Karin Silbe: “We as big rural youth movement in Germany contribute a lot to the engagement of young people in social and sustainable rural development as well as in getting to know democratic structures. Young people only feel connected to rural areas in the long term when they can participate in the creation of rural areas.” Together with the Protestant Youth in Rual Areas (ejl) and the German Network (DVS) the KLJB will carry out a workshop “Youth and regional development” in the context of the exhibition International Green Week in Berlin in January 2013, as well as an additional event (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Young people need more examples less criticism – Joseph Joubert
EiR (Edukacja i Rozwój –Education and Development) acts in many different fields – environment, unemployment, education. But one of our activities is a really good example of showing young people how important they are for our society. We act mostly in rural areas, where it’s hard to find something interesting to do when you’re young – especially when your parents have no money or they just don’t care…That’s why a few years ago we decided to help the youngest citizens of our region and we started up with Youth Community Centre.
Every year we invite children from pathological environment to check our offer. All of them have tough situation at their homes – parental alcoholism, poverty, domestic violence, etc. That’s why most of them have behavior problems. We provide them care after school – we help them to do homework, teach them rules of behavior, play with them, and eat dinner together. We also take them for trips, workshops and to the cinema. But most of all we conduct therapeutic activities. All of that to show them that better life is possible for them, that they can decide their own future.
The most pleasant moment of this work is to see the happiness on the children’s faces when somebody just give them some time and attention. That gives us all strength and willingness to continue this activity.
YFJ’s NFE Week
Our European Secretary took a part in Non-Formal Education Week. NFE is a concept which appeared in the political vocabulary in the end of the 60’s associated to the concept of lifelong learning, and since then it still causes some discussions about its definition and role. Today, it is easy to recognise youth organisations as one of the main providers of NFE in the lifelong learning process. People do have an idea about what NFE is but still do not necessarily recognise its role and, most important, its impact or results. So,
> Who do we want to recognise NFE learning/ education?
> Why do we want it?
> How/What can we do to achieve it?
These were the main questions that were tried to be answered from the 24th to the 26th October 2012, putting representatives of International Youth Organisations (IYNGOs), National Youth Councils (NYCs) and several stakeholders sharing knowledge and best practices, discussing and getting acquainted and motivated to contribute for the recognition of NFE.
What happened during the week, read more here!
On the 16th of October the European Youth Forum organised the second Stakeholders breakfast meeting to open the debate on the future youth programme. The aim was to provide a space for exchange of views between Members of the European Parliament and representatives of the Member States' youth ministries in charge of youth together with representatives of youth organisations. The meeting focused especially on the programme’s budget and implementation.
What is the future of Youth in Action Programme read more here.
It took place on the 16th and 17th of October, in Brussels, under the main topic of “supporting inclusive and sustainable growth for human development”: the European Development Days 2012. As in 2010, this year we also attend it.Notable speakers, such as national ministers, presidents, European commissioners, among others, came to share realities and best practices on the main topic, explored from 3 different angles: engaging the private sector for development; empowering people for inclusive growth; and sustainable agriculture food security and resilience (especially celebrating on the 16th October the World Food Day).
Very interesting panels took place, one especially dedicated to youth economic empowerment, where several youngsters came to present a project supported by the Youth in Action Programme as “appetizer” for a panel discussion. This and all the other panels and presentations were registered in video and are still available for you to watch as if you were attending the event yourself: http://eudevdays.eu/edd12/videos