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Youth work in Bosnia and Herzegovina is interesting to organizations in Turkey as well. Members of the organization KEGED from Malatya (Turkey) visited the Institute and talked to its representatives about their experience with youth work.

The Turkish delegation comprised the President of the Urban Development Association, a representative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Turkey, representatives of the organization Urban Development Association Antalya and Urban Development Association Konya. The discussion was focused on the programs the Institute implements for youth workers, and the training and certification process for youth workers.

Our guests were particularly interested in the Institute’s cooperation with government institutions on creating youth policies, and wanted to learn about the position of youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Institute presented the process of researching the position and needs of youth, which is used in developing strategic documents for improving the position of youth.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is always happy to share its experience in youth work with organizations that have similar missions, and we believe that this visit will prove useful to organizations in Turkey working on improving youth work and creating youth policies.  

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Education and Training in the Euro-Mediterranean Region was the topic of the Euromed Summit of Economic and Social Councils and Similar Institutions held on December 17 and 18, 2018 in Turin.

The Summit aims at promoting greater understanding of the main issues affecting the civil society in the Euromed region and at discussing the common challenges they face. This year, members of the EESC decided to exchange experiences in education and vocational training (EVT) based on a draft report, so that the comments and recommendations of the Summit participants can be included in the final version.

After a presentation of the draft report on education and vocational training in the Mediterranean, a representative of the Institute for Youth Development KULT held a workshop on the topic “Changing Perception of Vocational Training: Working with Young People”. The workshop was intended to offer ways to change and/or improve the perception of vocational training, and share positive experiences. Work in smaller groups yielded specific recommendations that will be included in the final report. 

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The second day of the Summit included a presentation of the report on Social Economy and Entrepreneurship in the Euro-Mediterranean region by members of economic and social councils from Spain, Greece, Morocco and Jordan. The sessions that followed included presentations on the progress of preparations for the 2019 Ministerial Meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean on Labor and Employment and developing regional cooperation through presenting networks in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The Summit will end with a finalization of recommendations that will be sent to the governments of countries included in the Ministerial Summit and disseminated among CSOs in the region.

The Euromed Summit is a unique regional event bringing together around 120 participants from economic and social councils, or similar institutions, representatives of employers, trade unions, other economic and social interest groups and NGOs, regional networks and other CSO representatives. 

This year’s summit is organized by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European Training Foundation. The summit was co-funded by the European Commission.

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The Parliamentary Assembly of BiH hosted a presentation of the web portal eKonsultacije, Joint registry of association and foundations of BiH and the eRegistry of associations and foundations for representatives of the civil society in BiH. Mirela Geko from the Institute for Youth Development KULT spoke about the importance and the benefits of this portal for citizens and government representatives.

“We believe that BiH has to improve its activities aimed at youth issues, which is why we took part in answering relevant questions from the European Commission’s Questionnaire for BiH. All the segments and questions concerning youth were addressed by the Institute, who provided input during the process of answering questions from the Questionnaire. We used the portal eKonsultacije for submitting our answers, which proved to be a very good mechanism for increasing the participation of citizens in democratic processes.” – said Mirela Geko from the Institute for Youth Development KULT.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is an organization whose activities are aimed at improving the position of youth, and creating better conditions for youth in the society. In addition to actively working with youth, the Institute partners with institutions in BiH to create a youth-friendly society. This portal contributed to the democratization of the society.

Lars-Gunnar Wigemark, Head of the Delegation of EU to BiH, spoke about the importance of this portal for the democratization of the society.

“These types of platforms help strengthen the connection between governments and the civil society. It’s particularly important to include in the entire process organizations that deal with issues of marginalized groups, which is BiH means women and children.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT will continue working on creating a better society for youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Next year we will start implementing a project supported by EIDHR, focused on improving the position of employees in BiH, through various programs and decisions that BiH institutions and companies should recognize.

The goal is to build a Bosnia and Herzegovina where every citizen’s opinion will be heard, and the eKonsultacije portal is a way for our voices to be heard in the right place. This is an opportunity to strengthen the process of democratization in BiH.

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