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Young people for democracy, human rights, education and volunteering

10 December 2013

The Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Youth policy symposium “The role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation” was held in Yerevan on 13-14 November, organised by the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership and the Armenian Ministry of Sport’s Department of Youth Affairs.
The symposium was dedicated to youth issues in Europe. Its main objective was to initiate dialogue, discussion, debate, information exchange and the potential for cooperation between stakeholders. Additionally, it was aimed at creating opportunities for peer-learning, at presenting good practices, and at coming up with conclusions and ideas on how to enhance policy making and practice.
About 60 stakeholders specialising in youth issues from across Europe and the Caucasus participated in the symposium. National government authorities in charge of youth and education, youth workers and youth leaders, researchers and other relevant stakeholders were also among the participants.
During the symposium young people discussed issues such as the role of youth work in intercultural cooperation assistance, the role of new technologies in democratic society, and educational development.
‘Young people should be given the opportunity to have some influence in decision-making processes.I believe that through the promotion of participatory processes we can make more high-quality, timely and innovative decisions. Today there is no platform in Armenian state youth policy where young people can participate in decision-making processes,’ said Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia, Arsen Karamyan.
Referring to the importance of intercultural cooperation and the exchange of best practice, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, noted that young people would become the locomotive of society and would play an important role in the development of Armenia by immersing it in European values: democracy, human rights and the rule of law.
The Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, noted that the EU aimed to involve young people in civic life, education, and work, and to promote volunteerism. He also stated that such events could bring together researchers from different regions and youth organisations to share their experiences.
‘By participating in this symposium we expect to establish contacts with young people and the members of youth organizations from abroad, which will serve as a basis for the further joint implementation of projects,’ noted the International Project Coordinator of “Civic Forum” NGO, Satenik Baghdasaryan.

Young people for democracy, human rights, education and volunteering

The Eastern Europe and the Caucasus Youth policy symposium “The role of youth work in education for democratic citizenship and participation” was held in Yerevan on 13-14 November, organised by the EU-Council of Europe youth partnership and the Armenian Ministry of Sport’s Department of Youth Affairs. The symposium was dedicated to youth issues in Europe. Its main objective was to initiate dialogue, discussion, debate, information exchange and the potential for cooperation between stakeholders. Additionally, it was aimed at creating opportunities for peer-learning, at presenting good practices, and at coming up with conclusions and ideas on how to enhance policy making and practice. About 60 stakeholders specialising in youth issues from across Europe and the Caucasus participated in the symposium. National government authorities in charge of youth and education, youth workers and youth leaders, researchers and other relevant stakeholders were also among the participants. During the symposium young people discussed issues such as the role of youth work in intercultural cooperation assistance, the role of new technologies in democratic society, and educational development. ‘Young people should be given the opportunity to have some influence in decision-making processes.I believe that through the promotion of participatory processes we can make more high-quality, timely and innovative decisions. Today there is no platform in Armenian state youth policy where young people can participate in decision-making processes,’ said Deputy Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Armenia, Arsen Karamyan. Referring to the importance of intercultural cooperation and the exchange of best practice, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, noted that young people would become the locomotive of society and would play an important role in the development of Armenia by immersing it in European values: democracy, human rights and the rule of law. The Head of EU Delegation to Armenia, Traian Hristea, noted that the EU aimed to involve young people in civic life, education, and work, and to promote volunteerism. He also stated that such events could bring together researchers from different regions and youth organisations to share their experiences. ‘By participating in this symposium we expect to establish contacts with young people and the members of youth organizations from abroad, which will serve as a basis for the further joint implementation of projects,’ noted the International Project Coordinator of “Civic Forum” NGO, Satenik Baghdasaryan.