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Addressing the European Agenda on Children and Young People
EU Youth Strategy
The EU Youth Strategy is the framework for EU youth policy cooperation for 2019-2027, based on the Council Resolution of 26 November 2018. EU youth cooperation shall make the most of youth policy's potential. It fosters youth participation in democratic life; it also supports social and civic engagement and aims to ensure that all young people have the necessary resources to take part in society.
The EU Youth Strategy focuses on three core areas of action, around the three words: Engage, Connect, Empower, while working on joined-up implementation across sectors. During a 2017-2018 dialogue process which involved young people from all over Europe, 11 European Youth Goals were developed. These goals identify cross-sectoral areas that affect young people’s lives and point out challenges. The EU Youth Strategy should contribute to realising this vision of young people.
European Youth Goals
These goals reflect the views of European youth and represent
the vision of those active in the EU Youth Dialogue:
The EU Youth Strategy should contribute to realising this vision of young people
by mobilising EU level policy instruments as well as actions at national, regional
and local level by all stakeholders.
ICTIDC`s “Children and Youth Programs” are committed to:
ICTIDC`s Child and Youth Protection Policy
Equality, Respect and Empowerment of Children and Youth in Ireland
In addition, the departments of the Irish Creative Training & Innovative Development Center offer a wide range of services for children and young people.
ICTIDC offers a flexible creative learning environment for the young people, who need to adjust their educational schedules in order to accommodate further learning activities, outside of the formal learning curricula.
In addition, we offer youth work programs through sports, where young people from different cultural backgrounds meet and play together, not only benefiting from a pleasant physical activity but also getting to know each other and fostering the intercultural dialogue via the valuable interpersonal communication that sports offer.
Children and young people are among the most active and dedicated participants of our Art-based Training Hub classes, contributing with creative energy and curiosity, this way learning by doing and further developing social and emotional skills.
The unique emotional learning that our Art-based Training Hub offers provides a very special platform for participation of anyone who is eager to learn via Applied Drama and Participatory Theatre.
We are still facing significant gaps between formal and non-formal education in Europe. Those gaps might vary from country to country and from region to region within the countries, but their impact still produces educational disparencies.
The Environmental Education Academy provides environmental education to both young people and child and youth educators as a process that allows them to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment.
The Child and Youth Programs in ICTIDC mobilize the resources of both educators and young learners to bridge the gaps between formal and non-formal education and provide a flexible youth-friendly and learner-centered approach, ensuring a quality education for all.
Training and upgrading the knowledge and skills of the child and youth educators is an investment in children, seeking to ensure a best quality education to all of them - in all educational facilities across the country and in Europe.
Professional training for young people in the VET institutions, providing work placements;
Recognizing the needs for adequate inclusive programs on migrant and refugee integration, we invest our professional efforts in provision of bespoken integration learning programs for migrant and refugee children and youth, who are often invited to join their parents`integration courses and learning activities, this way merging the classical professional learning formats with intercultural activities that foster inclusion and intercultural communication.
The Sports Development Center embraces the concept of sport development as the promotion of sports activities with and for the community. Successful sports development programs in ICTIDC are largely based on effective partnership and networking with a wide range of community groups, service providers, facility operators, national governing bodies, local authorities and voluntary groups in Ireland and internationally.
Our Children and Youth Programs are part of the work of all ICTIDC departments. Some of the youth issues have been focused specifically in the Youth Work Learning Center and the Digital Youth Work Lab of the ICTIDC.
We feel that it is our responsibility to address issues such as community outreach for the benefit of children and young people; development of youth work and youth organizations; design and delivery of youth-friendly non-formal education programs; training and community activist on prevention of violation of human rights of children and young people as well as awareness raising projects on the impact of environmental change and hazards on children and youth in Europe.
We believe in the capacity children and young people, with their enthusiasm and energy, to bring a change, for a better Tomorrow.
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