EFIL at the China–EU Youth Policy Dialogue and Expert Seminar on Youth Issues

 On 31 May and 1 June the annual China–EU Youth Policy Dialogue and Expert Seminar on Youth Issues took place. As member of EFIL’s European Pool of Representatives, Massimiliano Verri (AFS Italy) joined a delegation of 14 European activists who met on the shores of Lake Suzhou to discuss on youth engagement issues with as many representatives of Chinese organisations involved in youth work. The overarching theme of this year’s seminar revolved around reaching out… Read the full article

The EU Structured dialogue consultation is out! Deadline 28 August

Speak up for diverse and inclusive communities! One of the most important moments of the Structured Dialogue with Young People has started – the consultation phase. It is now the time for every AFS volunteer to voice their concerns regarding the topic ‘Enabling all young people to engage in a diverse, connected and inclusive Europe – Ready for life, ready for society’. The inquiry was created based on the Guiding questions for the consultation presented… Read the full article

EFIL’s practices presented at Civil Society Days of the European Economic and Social Committee

The annual event of the European Economic and Social Committee, gathering different civil society organisations, focused this year on the theme ‘Living together in our Europe’ (very close from EFIL’s 2016 theme ‘Building Peaceful Societies’). EFIL was invited to contribute to the thematic strand ‘Integration and inclusion’ in a workshop focused on the role of youth organisations in promoting freedom of thoughts and expression, social inclusion, respect for other and preventing discrimination. An interactive discussion… Read the full article

Learning on Advocacy: EFIL online course & YFJ Academy

There was a lot of learning on Advocacy taking place in these last months, first through the mandatory online course and then by attending the Academy organised by the European Youth Forum (YFJ). All 5 new EPORies completed the online course and had fruitful discussions and exchange with the 4 Advocacy Liaisons who also attended. There will be many more chances for learning and Exchange on the EFIL Advocacy Forum on World Café. Some learning… Read the full article

Other developments in Europe an beyond

School gateaway: a great tool for teachers!    The School Education Gateway platform offers its readers every month new articles, interesting publications, videos, expert opinions, and many more, and it focuses each month on a specific topic. During the month of May if focused on cultural awareness and expression (CAaE) which can be used as a versatile cross-curricular tool in classrooms. Find out more about it in the following articles: three examples on delivering and incorporating CAaE into classrooms expert… Read the full article

LLLPlatform – Annual General Assembly and Conference

On 30 May the LLL Platform members met for the Annual General Assembly in the historical house of the Institut Français of Slovakia, in Bratislava. The new website was launched, the workplan for 2016 was discussed, as well perspectives for the future. New members of the Steering Committee were elected: Gina Ebner (EAEA), Jean-Marie Dujardin (EUCEN), Brian Jurczik-Arnold (EEE-YFU) and Mare Ojo (EUROCLIO). The assembly also voted the inclusion of 3 new members: the Migration Policy Group (Sirius),… Read the full article

Towards a European Quality Charter for Learning Mobility in the field of youth

EFIL’s Advocacy coordinator Elisa Briga attended the Expert group meeting convened by the European Platform for Learning Mobility – coordinated by the EU-CoE youth partnership – to provide feedback to a draft Charter on Quality Learning Mobility in the field of youth. The meeting took place in Tiblisi, Georgia, on 16-17 June and convened 18 experts among researchers and practitioners. The drafting process is coordinated by Soren Kristiensen who is also Editor of the book… Read the full article

EFIL’s Pool of Representatives: core group meeting

On 22-24 May the core group of the European Pool of Representatives met in Strasbourg for its annual gathering.Members of the core group are those EPORies that have a ‘permanent’ position of representation towards institutions/Platforms. – Charlotte Klinting, AFS Denmark, representative towards the Advisory Council (AC) on Youth of the Council of Europe for the period 2016-2017, representing AC within the European Platform for Learning Mobility (EPLM). – Alexandra Singpiel, AFS Germany, representative towards the… Read the full article

Recognise Study Abroad Campaign is gathering support!

The Recognise Study Abroad Campaign is continuing and it is gathering support from policy makers! At the European Youth Event on Saturday 21 May, the campaign was presented at the Roundtable ‘Let’s Talk Recognition’. The event was opened by MEP Julie Ward – who drafted the EP report on the role of intercultural dialogue, cultural diversity and education in promoting EU fundamental values, and facilitated by EFIL (Elisa Briga).  After that, Youth for Exchange and… Read the full article

June Session of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe

EFIL’s representative Eliud Neto (AFS France) attended the June session of the International Non-Governamental Organisations (INGO) Conference of the Council of Europe which took place in Strasbourg from 20 to 24 June. EFIL has been member of this conference for a long time and over the past year we actively took part in this “platform for dialogue with the bodies of the Council of Europe and for exchange amongs its members’. The Conference decides on policy lines… Read the full article

“Connecting Youth“ Western Balkans Youth Conference, Paris, France

The European Federation for Intercultural Learning participated in the Western Balkans Youth Conference, held on the 4 July 2016 in Paris, and was represented by the member of the Pool of Representatives Stefan Ubiparipović (AFS Serbia), and the member of the Pool of Trainers Filipa Lagoa (AFS Portugal). The “Connecting Youth“ Conference gathered representatives of the European Commission and the Ministers of Youth from the Western Balkans together with more than 200 young people from… Read the full article

Civic Education conference in Hammamet, Tunisia

The EPOR Lukas Findeisen(AFS Germany) represented EFIL at the Civic Education conference in Hammamet, Tunisia. After the civic education conference 2013 in Alexandria, on 13-15 May the second “Civic education conference” of the Goethe Institute took place. At the first conference three years ago a list of 60 recommendations had been drafted to support and guide the development of civic education. This second conference aimed to reflect on the last two years  and the current state… Read the full article

Paris declaration follow up: the role of youth and youth organisations

On 30th May, the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on the role of the youth sector in an integrated and cross-sectoral approach to preventing and combating violent radicalisation of young people and also  conclusions on developing media literacy and critical thinking through education and training. The text of the conclusions stresses the invaluable contribution that youth work, voluntary and cultural activities and sport can make in reaching out to young people who might otherwise be more… Read the full article

New EU skills agenda for Europe launched!

 On 10 June, European Commissioners Thyssen and Katainen announced the adoption of a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe, officially launched on 20 June in Brussels. The aim of this new policy framework is to ensure that the right training, skills and support is available to European Union citizens and to equip them for good-quality jobs and help them fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens. Concretely, the Commission proposes 10 actions to be taken forward over the next two years,… Read the full article