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Priorities of the strategy

Development (in progress) of priorities for strategic framework of regional SALTOs support activities involving all neighbouring partner countries.

Draft definition of objectives relevant for cooperation for all neighbouring partner regions:

  • Non-formal learning needs to be further promoted and supported in all three regions, both in terms of capacity building of youth workers and youth leaders in how to work with young people using non-formal learning approaches and methods, as well as recognition of youth work and non-formal learning at different levels (personal, social, political), to support youth work and youth policy development.
  • Studies carried out during the Youth in Action programme have demonstrated the impact that the Programme has on the development of youth workers, organisations and youth work as a whole, in relation to increasing the quality or »professionalism« of youth work and the understanding of key concepts promoted by the Erasmus+ programme (e.g. active participation of young people, social inclusion, intercultural awareness, etc.). This impact needs to be further strengthened and enlarged. Read impact studies of each region: EECA, SEE, MEDA.
  • International volunteering, especially EVS, takes on a particular role in this context, and therefore should be particularly promoted and supported. The strong impact of long-term international volunteering in terms of intercultural awareness raising, opening up people's minds and local communities, increasing tolerance of diversity, learning and actively practicing solidarity, civic engagement, learning of skills of relevance for life and work, entrepreneurship etc. has been shown. Different traditions of volunteering and the generally rather fragile nature of NGOs, youth work and youth policy in all partner regions require particular support to promote international volunteering and build capacities and partnerships.
  • Support for civil society and participation processes, including capacity building and strengthening of NGOs sector in the neighbouring partner regions is crucial and should be encouraged and supported whereever possible. We recognise, however, that the political situation in parts of the neighbouring partner regions (especially in the EuroMed region) requires careful consideration of what can realistically be aimed for and achieved, especially in the context of joint cooperation with all regions, which are quite different from each other.
  • Promoting intercultural awareness, tolerance and respect for diversity are of particular relevance for the context of working in and with all neighbouring partner regions, to counter tendencies of extremism and radicalism, and to support, more generally, a better (peaceful) coexistence between different ethnic, cultural, religious... communities. We consider the promotion of intercultural competence among youth workers and youth leaders a specifc priority, but also see it as a cross-cutting objective, which should be followed throughout all activities.

 

You can find reference to the listed objectives in the different contributions of the regional SALTOs to the publication "Looking forward, looking back - SALTO Network turned 15!",  April 2015. The articles describe the regional youth work and youth policy contexts as well as the impact of the EU youth programmes and the support that regional SALTOs provide.

 

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