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Recognition of Youth workers’ competences gained in non-formal education and other youth activities led to a greater recognition of youth work!

Recognition of Youth workers’ competences gained in non-formal education and other youth activities led to a greater recognition of youth work! Youth for Exchange and Understanding International and AEGEE Europe, in cooperation with partners kicked off the project dedicated to the recognition of youth work.

The Round Table “Certification of the competences of youth workers in a European context – Road to greater recognition of youth work” took place in European Parliament on 4th of June, organized by AEGEE Europe and Youth for Exchange and Understanding International, hosted by MEP Marian Harkin.

The event gathered Ms. Fabienne Metayer from European Commission (Youth Policy Unit), Françoise Crémer – Ministry for Youth of Belgium (French Speaking Community), Laura Lopez-Bech and Mathias Christensen from European Youth Forum with presence of a many International Youth Non-Governmental organizations, moderated by Luis Martinez to discuss about what could be done more in order to increase the social and economical recognition of the competences of youth workers gained in youth organizations.

It was emphasized that youth organizations need to create more synergies in advocacy action for the greater recognition of the tools for the certification but also for youth work generally, not only among youth organizations but also involve formal education institutions and authorities both on national and European level. Also, the Survey on the role of Non-Formal Education (NFE) was presented, emphasizing the importance of the skills and competences gained in the non-formal education for the greater employability of young people.

The event was used to kick off long-term project “Certification of the qualifications of youth workers in NGOs – road to greater recognition of youth work” which previews a creation of a tool able to certify the competences gained in the youth work and implementation of advocacy actions and initiatives dedicated to the recognition of the youth work and non-formal education. The project will be implemented in cooperation between YEU International (Administrative office in Faro, Portugal), AEGEE Europe (Belgium), Institute of Entrepreneurship Development (Greece), MODAVI (Italy) and Krakow University of Economics from Poland. The European Commission’s “Lifelong Learning Programme”, managed by National Agency of Portugal finances this 2-year project.

YEU International and AEGEE Europe