OBESSU at the Preparatory Seminar of a Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers
Enter! Promoting Access to Social Rights for All Young People
From the 18th-20th of September OBESSU represented the voice of European school students at the Council of Europe (CoE) Enter!-Preparatory Seminar of a Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. A mixed group of Youth Workers, local and regional Authorities from CoE Member States and representatives from Youth Organisations met in Strasbourg to discuss the main challenges for young people in Europe concerning Social Rights and the needs for participants who want to take part in the Long-Term Training Course, as well as the implementation of projects at local level as a result of the Training Course. These actions are happening within the framework of the CoE Enter! Project which started in 2009.
The first day was dedicated to analysing the evaluation of the first phase of the Enter! Project and to get a better understanding of the promotion of Social Rights. Régis Brillat from the European Social Charter Secretariat gave a short presentation about their work and the content of the Social Charter.
The idea of the project is to bring together people, working in various sectors related to the field of youth on the same page. For this reason, not only representatives from the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Youth Workers and Youth Organisations were present, but also Researchers, who shared their perspective on the challenges and perspectives of the access to Social Rights for young people.
One of the main aims of the Enter! Project is to directly involve young people. An outcome of the first phase of the Enter! Project was a policy recommendation, to which young people themselves also had the chance to contribute and submit amendments, during a „Youth Meeting“ at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. Besides the Long-Term Training Course for Youth Workers, the next Enter! Project phase will also promote Access to Social Rights for All Young People through the organisation of National Seminars, a Symposium on Youth Policies for Social Inclusion and other initiatives on local, regional, national and European level!
Written by Nora Kleibel