IYNGOs at CULT meeting at European Parliament
On 28th of February 2017, YEU was next to the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and other International Youth Non-Governmental Organizations (IYNGOs) during the meeting of CULT committee (Culture and Education) of European Parliament. The CULT committee got the chance to meet representatives of the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and go through some of the outcomes and procedures applied by civil society organizations during the 4th and 5th cycles of the Structured Dialogue with young people. YEU as an IYNGO which contributes to the process of Structure Dialogue was also present as observer. The topics of discussion were mainly linked to the process of Structure Dialogue and to the role of Stakeholders, Civil Society and Institutions in engaging and empowering young people and assuring political participation.
Going on with the discussions, during the talk it was highlighted that Members of European Parliement and stakeholders in general, should approach youngsters so they can inform them, engage with them and listen to their ideas and therefore the policies we all create and promote are indeed representative. Additionally, in order to cover the need to provide youth with the right life skills in order to meet present and future challenges, YFJ and other Civil Society Organizations highlighted the need to find more ways to collaborate and work closer for recognition of Non formal Education. As said by an MEP, NFE methodology and the time young people spend in volunteering should be some how calculated and recognized by institutions.
Furhtermore, the committee's meeting highlighted the need for fresh money, to apply European practices in national and local level and engage more young people, to work closer with the Civil Society and othe relevan stakeholders who know how to engage youngsters and offer a space for them to be more active and share their ideas. Additionally, a call to policy makers was done to apply recommendations rising from debates with youth, as tt is vital that all inputs made by young people are take into considaration, cause if not young people will continue doubting policy makers. On the other hand, there is a huge need for media literacy and for youth led media, offering a chance to young people to inform each other, but also educate them on how to promote current issues and promote critical thinking against poppulism and radicalization.
As YEU we call all relevant stakeholders, Member States and Civil society organizations to work closer and engage more young people in the creation of a space that they can develop. The future belongs to young people and we can only make it better when we work together and with and for the young people.