PARTNERSHIP SECTORIAL GROUP: European Citizenship, Quality and Recognition

PARTNERSHIP SECTORIAL GROUP: European Citizenship, Quality and Recognition 30 September 2008

Since 2005 The Partnership between the European Commission (EC) and The Council of Europe (CoE) has a Management Board (EC, CoE and Partnership Secretariat).  There are three sectorial groups; the others focusing on policy/research and human rights/intercultural dialogue.  These are advisory to the Management Board.  The groups gather the views of the sector to inform the decisions of the Management Board.  The European Network of Youth Centres has a place on this body.

European Citizenship Training in 07/08

Seven courses have operated in 07/08, developed with SALTO RC and implemented by the National Agencies for The European Programmes.  150 youth leaders took part, including 56 people from South East Europe, Eastern Europe and The Caucusus. 60% of participants rated the courses very good or excellent, and said they would use the programmes in their member states.  In addition to individual course evaluation, trainers assess the programme as a whole and the outcomes of this are being used in September courses.  
http://www.youth-partnership.net/youth-partnership/training/EC2007-2008Evaluation
A publication has been developed to cover best practice. This is called “What could European Citizenship in youth work look like?”  This can be found at http://www.youth-partnership.net/export/sites/default/youth-partnership/documents/training/ECvalorisationpublication.pdf To support activity in the member states an internet platform has been set up: http:// www.european-citizenship.org .  The platform provides a unique opportunity to share work on European Citizenship across the sector.

The next set of training programmes will run until May 2009.

The Sectorial Group welcomed the progress report.  It was very keen that the internet platform should be widely promoted.  From 2009-10 it was recommended that an alternative means of financing attendance from neighbouring partner countries to release resources for new projects and made a number of recommendations as to how this change should be implemented.

Training for trainers 2008/10

The Partnership is developing a ‘Training the Trainers’ course to start from 09/10, to be run by CoE, EC and its partners, in cooperation with the European Youth Forum.  Further details can be found on http://www.youth-partnership.net/youth-partnership/training/trainingoftrainers.html .  5 trainers have been selected to lead this work.

The Sectorial Group welcomed the initiative.  The recommended that training for trainers should be closely linked to the relevant programmes of the EC and CoE.  Successful applicants to the programme should have the support of a youth organisation, ENYC being an example, or a National Agency for European Programmes for project implementation during the practice phase.  Policy for young people is evolving rapidly in member states and across Europe with the setting of Agenda 2020 (CoE) and the revision of Open Cooperation in the Field of Youth (EC).  It was recommended that the curriculum should take account of these changes.  There was considerable discussion about recognition of the programme at European level (linked to Youthpass, the Youthwork Portfolio and Europass) and in the member states where possible.  The concern was that the investment of time by individuals should have good learning outcomes but also currently in the sector.

Publications

Coyote 13 (Intercultural dialogue) has been published and Coyote 14 (Participation) is being developed.

T-kit 11 (Euro-Med) will be printed before the end of the year.  T-Kit 12 (Conflict Transformation) is under preparation.

The Group advised that the priority should be to find work in progress and then update other T-kits before embarking on new projects.

Viv McKee
The National Youth Agency