The contribution of youth work to social inclusion and employability will be the focus of the EU Youth Conference, which takes place in Dublin from 11-13 March.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Frances Fitzgerald TD, Irish Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, will open the event, which is part of an 18-month consultation on social inclusion between young people and policy makers. The event will also address the value of quality youth work. Youth work can, for example, provide non-formal or informal learning experiences for young people which will enhance their employability. This is particularly valuable for those who left school early, have low qualifications or are at risk of poverty and exclusion.
Around 150 youth representatives from across Europe will provide feedback from discussions which have been taking place in their Member States. The aim is to produce joint recommendations and proposals which would then be presented to the Council. Commissioner Vassiliou will also announce plans for a review of the youth 'structured dialogue', which allows young people to help shape the policies which affect them most. Social inclusion of young people will continue to be the priority for Lithuania (second half of 2013) and Greece (first half of 2014) when they take up the reins of the EU Presidency. To find out more: Conference website, DG Education and Culture's youth website, Commissioner Vassiliou's website, Twitter @VassiliouEU