|Place of implementation:||Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Poland|
|Duration:||01 March-30 April 2017|
|Number and profile of participants:||150 Youth leaders, project managers, young people, volunteers, NGOs|
|Type of activity:||Series of round-tables and debate on the validation of non-formal education; Meetings between representatives of NGOs and national governments to officially validate non-formal education; Lobbying for debate and development / adoption of a law on non-formal education|
|Theme:||Debate on European matters, EU policies or youth policies; Local Democracy and Citizen Participation; Strengthening the role of the Youth NGOs in democratic reform; Local Development; Capacity Building in Active Citizenship and Democracy; Capacity Building for Youth NGOs|
In March-April 2017, 7 national round tables on issues of informal learning and validation of skills acquired during training and youth training were held. In each country, they have been implementing discussions with youth NGOs, educators and representatives of local authorities in connection with the drafting of a draft law on non-formal education. The aim of the discussions was to draw the attention of interested parties and validation of acquired competencies.
The meeting was attended by over 150 young people aged 18-30, as well as representatives of local authorities. The idea and purpose of the events was to discuss issues related to the recognition of competences and legal changes related to the validation of knowledge, skills and competences acquired through non-formal learning. A draft law on the validation of skills was presented and discussed. The presence of representatives of local authorities contributed to exchanging views and recommendations on improving the bilateral dialogue between youth organizations and responsible institutions. During the round tables, additional topics were discussed, such as: developing the capacity of youth organizations, improving the microclimate, interacting with local authorities, improving the quality of youth projects and their implementation. Various methods were used, such as group work, discussions and presentations. The second day the participants had the opportunity to work in different thematic groups, such as: capacity building of youth organizations, by raising the skills and qualifications of youth workers; the strategic role of youth organizations as civilian groups. Several draft proposals were also drafted during the meeting, which could be implemented under Erasmus + or national youth programs. The program was presented in detail as a major opportunity to fund youth initiatives and projects.
At the end of the meeting, recommendations were issued to the institutions responsible for youth policies, as well as those to improve the interaction between youth organizations.
As a result of the round tables we have made several findings and recommendations, the main ones being:
- Deepening processes related to the recognition and validation of the knowledge, skills and competences of youth workers;
- Introduction of the profession of “youth worker” and application of the developed normative proposals and state requirements and acquisition of qualifications;
- Implementing in-depth policies to improve the interaction between “players” – youth organizations and local authorities through easier access and transparency in financing youth projects;
- Improving the quality of youth projects by conducting trainings and increasing the capacity of youth workers, leaders and trainers;
- Improving the capacity of youth organizations through the formation of networks and civic groups on issues of non-formal education and its validation;
- Increasing the number of young people involved in civil society structures by developing youth projects and initiatives, promoting youth activities, giving opportunities for development and expression, using social networks.
The recommendations were adopted at the end of the event and proposed to the stakeholders. The visualization of Erasmus + was applied to all materials and presentations.