|Place of implementation:||Letenye, Hungary|
|Duration:||12 - 18 February 2017|
|Number and profile of participants:||30 Voluntary and Roma young people|
|Type of activity:||Youth exchange; Ice-breaking games, team buildings and energizers; Series of workshops and debates;|
|Theme:||Social inclusion and integration; Inclusion of vulnerable groups; Anti-racism and anti-xenophobia; Active Youth Participation; Equality; Diversity; Intercultural dialogue;|
In the period 12-18.02.2017. an international exchange was held whose main objective was to ensure equal access to employment by raising awareness among Roma youngsters and Roma educators and identifying new employment and vocational training opportunities.
The exchange’s topics were the following: Roma situation in European Union: Build a dialogue and bring a Roma youth perspective; How do the individuals imagine of European Union 5 years from now? The situation of minorities: Learn about dominant of Roma minorites; Antigypsysim situation of Roma Minority; The situation of roma minorities in the EU’s countries; Tools and techniques of rural youth work to fight against unemployment.
The first part (2 days) was dedicated to the improvement of their networking skills, linguistic knowledge (including professional vocabulary) and an initiation to the digital-control machines for the creation of wooden toys. The second part (3 days) was planned as an exchange of professional and educational experiences of young Roma who shared with the others their carrier paths. Thanks to the presence of the professionals working in the field of training or professional integration, the group had also the possibility to extend their knowledge about different employment and training opportunities and take contacts with some of the integration enterprises.
The policy-making processes to combat youth unemployment were explained and attention was paid to advocacy and lobbying techniques through which young people could influence this process. Various methods were used, such as: Presentations, Analyzes, Group Debates, during which they discussed the main issues leading to the high levels of youth unemployment and suggested concrete actions to deal with them. The opportunities that Erasmus + offers to tackle the problem were also presented.