Youth Policy Watch - Social cohesion
In the scope of Policy Watch, YEU AO has highlighted important fields that the Policy Officer needs to follow up and share updates with the network. Based on this set, social cohesion will be one of the topics that will be under the microscope of the policy officer’s work. Starting, the independent network Democracy and Human Rights Education (DARE) has developed a Position Paper on the Paris Declaration and Joint Report on the ET 2020 Strategy. Dare is an independent network of providers of citizenship education and human rights education devoted to raise the profile of Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) and Human Rights Education (HRE), promoting transcultural and transnational cooperationand enhancing the quality of education within these fields.
YEU has recognized the work of DARE which is following closely policies and challenges, and shares the support of DARE towards the efforts that the European Union takes towards strengthening civic values and tackling discrimination for more inclusive societies. Following from that, DARE has released a position on the follow-up of the Paris Declaration and a Joint Report on the ET 2020 Strategy, enhacing competence based approaches of civic skills and competences learning that includes non-formal and formal learning occasions.
Related to the topic of social cohesion, the 8th edition of the EU Day of Solidarity between Generations, presents an opportunity to shed light on the widespread experiences of ageism at both ends of the life spectrum and how they lead to inequalities and exclusion. On this scope, AGE Platform and European Youth Forum organized an event at the European Parliament, which highlighted that greater intergenerational exchange and solidarity are needed to break stereotypes and ensure that young and older people are equal partners in positive change for the creation of fairer, more inclusive and sustainable societies. YEU agrees on the statement that Solidarity between Generations is the key for equity and social inclusion. Ageism is entrenched in attitudes but also in organisations, laws, policies and practices, for both youth and older people.