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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]

In Berlin, the delegation met with representatives of the Franco-German and German-Polish Youth Offices and the Coordination Centre for German-Czech Youth Exchanges
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Christian Herrmann

Youth office of the Western Balkans could bring region’s youth closer together

The Franco-German Youth Office’s role in promoting reconciliation and international understanding could be replicated in the Western Balkans, too. Between 29 June and 4 July representatives of ministries and youth organisations from Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania travelled to Paris, Berlin and Vienna to learn how youth offices function and how much of their work is transferrable to the situation in the Balkans. [read more]

Daniel Poli

Youth as Actors of Change – Shaping and developing the EU Youth Strategy through research and innovation

The policy kick-off meeting for the projects in the tender category YOUNG 2014, part of the new Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, took place in Brussels on 10 and 11 June. The eight projects were presented to European Commission representatives from a range of policy areas, followed by a discussion of the various approaches and desired outcomes. IJAB is a partner in one of the new projects, which addresses youth e-participation. [read more]

Caren Marks, Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, also took part in the discussion.
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Stephanie Bindzus

Parliamentary Breakfast on International Youth Work addresses removal of mobility barriers

Cuts in social benefits for young people with disabilities during long-term stays abroad, nearly insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles when applying for visas – in spite of improved overall conditions, international youth exchanges still face numerous challenges. On 21 May in Berlin, heads of bilateral youth offices and coordination centres, IJAB and JUGEND für Europa, and members of the German Bundestag discussed existing obstacles and possible solutions. [read more]

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