from left: Dr. Herbert Wiedermann (Vice-Chairman), Marie-Luise Dreber (Director), Martin Schönwandt (Vice-Chairman) and Lothar Harles (Chairman)
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Dr. Dirk Hänisch

IJAB Members’ Assembly discusses UN sustainability goals

On 8 December 2015 IJAB’s member organisations congregated in Bonn for the Members’ Assembly. One of the main points of discussion was the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically its significance for international youth work and youth policy cooperation. The Assembly also elected a new Management Board for IJAB. [read more]

drei Menschen schauen auf ein Laptop
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Daniel Poli

European projects for online participation link up

The international seminar #BePart on the topic of e-participation for young people took place from 19 to 22 November 2015 in Brussels. The purpose was to share the findings and experiences gathered during the multilateral cooperation project “youthpart”, which was carried out by IJAB from 2011 to 2013. Further exchanges and meetings are already being planned. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

Youth exchange schemes with North Africa need stability, sustainability and long-term prospects

Around 40 international youth work experts from Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt and Germany convened in Bonn from 28 to 30 November 2015 to review the progress of the joint projects begun as part of the “transformation partnerships” initiated by the Federal Foreign Office. At the conference, they shared their experiences and made proposals for the future course of the youth and expert exchange schemes between Germany and North Africa. [read more]

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Dr. Dirk Hänisch

New research study proves the effect of international youth work in the context of vocational education

On 16 November 2015 in Düsseldorf, Prof. Alexander Thomas and his research team presented a new study on the effects of international youth work on the vocational education of young persons. The study suggests that the results, like those of the previous study on long-term impacts, will play a key role in raising awareness of the effects of international youth work. [read more]

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Stephanie Bindzus

“Social skills are just as important as maths and chemistry”

Young people transitioning from school to vocational training and professional life were the focus of this year’s Parliamentary Evening for International Youth Work, which took place in Berlin on 5 November 2015. Participants at the evening’s discussion forums discussed how young people can benefit from international youth work as they undergo profound changes in their lives, how to achieve more widespread acceptance of non-formal education, and what it would take to enable more youth exchanges. [read more]

Gruppenbild der Tagungsteilnehmer/-innen mit Staatssekretär Gerd Billen
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Christian Herrmann

Young people discuss youth-appropriate data and consumer protection in the digital world

What do young people think about data privacy, consumer protection, online safety and internet policy? What do they expect from policymakers? At “watch your web_Days 2015”, which took place from 31 October to 1 November at the wannseeForum in Berlin, participants discussed key issues in the digital world from the younger generation’s perspective. 70 young people proved to be critical consumers as they presented their ideas to State Secretary Gerd Billen. [read more]

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Reinhard Schwalbach

International Youth Policy Dialogue launched – Senior youth policy professionals from ten different countries gather in Berlin

At the invitation of the Director of IJAB, Marie-Luise Dreber, thirteen senior youth policy experts from major national institutions involved in youth work have launched a dialogue on current issues in youth policy and youth work. From 9 to 11 September 2015, experts representing Estonia, Finland, Slovakia, Portugal, Sweden, Flanders (Belgium), Wales and Scotland (UK), Germany and Japan as well as the EU-CoE youth partnership convened in Berlin. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

Advancing international youth work: Idea crafting session in Braunschweig

Many useful ideas for advancing international youth work have been suggested via Innovationsforum Jugend global over the years. At a session in Braunschweig on 23 and 24 September, participants were faced with the difficult task of selecting two of these ideas and collecting some suggestions on how they could be turned into products. [read more]

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Christian Herrmann

Educational perspectives offered by innovative projects

Twelve international youth work projects are being funded between 2014 and 2016 through the Innovation Fund of the Federal Government’s Child and Youth Plan. The project organisers submitted their first interim report on 17 and 18 September at a meeting in Berlin, where they also suggested some ideas for the further development of international youth work as a form of non-formal education. [read more]

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