Training Course for Associate Experts on Youth Begins

The first module of the Youth Worker training course, held on September 22-25, 2014 in the Educational-Leisure Centre for Youth SPAJALICA in Ilidža was attended by volunteers and employees of 13 youth associations/organisations/youth centres from 8 local communities from the entire country, including: Novi Grad, Mostar, Gradiška, Tuzla, Zenica, Kozarska Dubica, Ljubija, Sarajevo and Ilidža.

The topic of the first module was Youth Work. During the four days, the participants, together with the trainers, had an opportunity to become acquainted with different areas in youth work, such as: scope of work of Youth Workers, youth policy mechanisms, researching the needs and problems of youth in the community, civic activism and volunteering, methods in youth work and legislation on youth in BiH. During the training course module, the participants had Skype conversations with Youth Officers Marko Kazivoda (Cyprus) and Sr?ana Vidakovi? (Vlasenica, BiH). They shared their experiences in youth work with the participant, including different methods of youth work and example of good practice.

While engaging in different activities they presented the youth work performed by their organisations by presenting examples of good practice.

The Institute for Youth Development KULT is organising the Youth Worker training course, September 2014 through March 2015. The Institute advocated for the registration of Youth Worker as a profession, resulting in the Agency for Statistics of BiH recognising it in the work position classification under number 3412. This is an important step towards standardising youth work and represents a social recognition of not only the profession, but of informal education as a form of professional training. Additionally, the course participants will be given an opportunity to write a business plan for supporting their centre/club/association, funded with up to 6000 BAM.

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