Quality in EuroMed Youth Projects Training Seminar

Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Noufan Ajarmeh (Minister of Political Development) and H.E. Dr. Joanna Wronecka (Head of the EU Delegation), the EuroMed Youth Programme which is financed by the European Union, held a training seminar on the “Quality in EuroMed Youth Projects” in the Dead Sea from 12th to 14th of July 2012. The objective of the training seminar was to set quality indicators of EuroMed youth projects, and to create a space to exchange experiences between youth workers, non-governmental organisations and representatives from Ministries within the EuroMed IV programme.

Representatives from NGOs and youth workers attended the training seminar in addition to some governmental bodies. The seminar was implemented by experienced trainers in NFE methodologies who are part of Salto Euromed trainers’ network.

H.E. Dr. Noufan Ajarmeh’s opening speech treated the important role of the Jordanian youth in socio-economical and political development where youth are considered to be the catalyst for positive change and advancement of the future of the country.

H.E. Dr. Joanna Wronecka highlighted the invaluable role of the youth organizations as stakeholders in social and political life and that they must be encouraged and supported to become an effective actor.

Moreover, Head of the EU Delegation cited that it is important to create access for youth to employment in Jordan were employability is a priority for the European Union.

The first day was dedicated to discussion on the quality criteria in EuroMed youth projects, setting a common ground for quality criteria, and setting elements to control quality. Throughout working groups, participants discussed and worked on quality criteria in EuroMed youth projects, national agenda of youth policies, non-formal education methodologies and their role in crossing different cultures.

The aim of the second day was to observe and to find the meeting point between the EuroMed IV programme and the national agenda of youth policies. Furthermore, the second day was dedicated to analysis on the national youth policies and priorities and to compare them with the priorities of the EuroMed IV programme. Participants discussed these issues in working groups and presented their findings and suggestions. Moreover, different tools were introduced to be used when performing an environmental analysis. Participants examined various aspects that should be taken into account (political, economical, social, technological, environmental and legal trends).

Representatives of different stakeholders also discussed issues related to youth participation in political life, economic recession, poverty, human rights and the Arab Spring amongst other things.
The third day presented five case studies related to previously funded EuroMed youth projects and participants got to discuss in their working groups the design, implementation and technical aspects about the EuroMed youth projects. Moreover, working groups were formed to discuss dialogue across cultures, learning across cultures and informal learning.

Another session gave the participants the opportunity to do networking and to form local partnerships that could lead to more fruitful youth projects. Moreover, Mr. Ahmad Ajarmeh (Head of EMYU) presented a summary about what makes quality in EuroMed and gave advice on successful applications. Furthermore, he shared some best practices with participants. Finally, evaluation was done by participants and certificates handed to all participants by Mr. Ali Khwaldeh. (Head of Civil Society Department at the Ministry of Political Development).

 

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