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“It gives me immense pleasure to see a body acting as a legitimate representative of youth in FBiH for three years now. It’s an even bigger pleasure to see how youth perceive this umbrella body and how much energy they put into improving the lives of youth.” - said Aldin Alić from the Institute for Youth Development KULT during a reporting session of the FBiH Youth Council.

The FBiH Youth Council held their third reporting session in Zenica, during which they adopted the annual narrative and financial reports.

The goal of organizing events in the Zenica-Doboj Canton, and other parts of BiH is to come into contact with youth from across the country, showing them what the Youth Council does, creating opportunities for cooperation with representatives of youth organizations, and creating the conditions for forming cantonal youth councils that will work on creating a better life for youth in BiH.

The session was attended by guests from local youth councils, the Federal Ministry of Culture and Sports and representatives of the Umbrella Youth Organization from Serbia.

The Institute has been supporting the FBiH Youth Council since its founding, and has continued to do so during the organization of the reporting session.

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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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