YEU work plan 2017
With the coming of 2017 YEU has worked out a plan for the year, focusing on five priorities which embody and fulfill the organization’s vision for a world united by shared values of peace, understanding and in respect of the differences as well as the human rights of each living being.
Each priority concentrates on some objectives and concrete activities are then presented, which enable to reach the set goal. For instance, Priority One regarding non-formal education (NFE), youth work and volunteering aims among others on developing and enhancing NFE, youth work and volunteering, developing and advocating for Quality Assurance frameworks for NFE and developing and promoting models for recognition of youth work on European and national level. In order to achieve that, YEU has planned some activities throughout the year, some of which are mainstreaming Learning Badges within the organization and creating an instruction manual for this dissemination tool, executing “The floor is yours” training course so as to implement an innovative approach on NFE and introducing an Education Working Group in the network.
Priority Two on human rights and social cohesion/youth participation and citizenship aims primarily to continuously work on and promote human rights education, foster social cohesion, closer co-operation and better understanding among the young people, combat online discrimination, cyber-bullying, hate speech through YEU involvement in Internet Governance related issues and empower young people to actively participate in decision making processes and youth policy development on local, national and international level. So as to manage that a policy paper on gender perspective in intercultural environments will be developed and the youth exchange “Bread and Roses- Fighting multiple discrimination” will take place, as well as a number of other relevant youth exchanges and training courses regarding discrimination, social inclusion, youth participation, structured dialogue and cyber bullying.
The objectives of Priority Three on environmental care focus on promoting Education for Sustainable Development (SD), as well as the concept of sustainable development itself within the YEU Network and among other stakeholders, increasing the competences of young people to address the environmental challenges and developing and implementing projects and initiatives aiming at enhancing the environmental sustainability of youth organizations. For that the following activities will be carried out: a sustainable development working group, responsible for all the matters related to the subject, will be created, YEU will cooperate with other organizations within YOUNGO/UNFCCC on climate change and sustainable development, the training courses “SustainablYEU” will take place and also a youth exchange on global education.
Moving on to Priority Four on network development and professionalization, YEU’s target is to support the capacity building and development of Member Organisations to work on youth related issues, increase the impact and multiplying effects of the network, focus on relevant EU/global information youth related issues in order to make them more accessible and understandable for Member Organizations and support the development of human capital within YEU Network. Among the planned activities to carry out these objectives will be to gather all MOs to discuss issues related to the network and its capacity, to monitor relevant policies and processes on EU/global level on youth related issues and inform YEU Network and to create mechanisms to ensure the knowledge transfer and good governance within the Network.
Last but not least, Priority Five on YEU external cooperation, recognition and position intents to promote YEU as provider of Quality Non-Formal Education and expert in Youth Work, to enhance and fortify cooperation with the existing partners and engage in strategic partnerships in line with YEU values with potential new partners and relevant stakeholders and additionally to strengthen and develop institutional relations with valuable institutional partners in the field of youth such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the United Nations. Therefore, during 2017 YEU will be contributing to monitor the implementation of the EU2020 strategy and Erasmus+ and will continue representing the network and advocating for youth at the most important youth events at European and global level.
YEU work plan 2017 was presented, voted on and adopted during the General Assembly in November 2016.