On 22 May, the EU4Youth programme organised a national coordination meeting in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, bringing together a number of youth organisations to discuss the issue of youth employment.
The meeting, which was also attended by the Prime Minister's adviser on Youth Affairs, Revaz Charkviani, aimed at outlining the initiatives that youth organisations can take to stimulate youth employment. It gave participants the opportunity to share their experience and ideas on how to work together to achieve better synergies for youth employability.
The discussions covered the strategic visions on youth development, current projects under the EU4Youth programme and future collaboration perspectives.
One of the core topics covered during the meeting was the creation of synergies between the ongoing projects and state programmes, as well as the establishment of functional coordination mechanisms between the government and organisations working on youth issues, in order to ensure the mainstreaming and integration of the youth agenda across sectors.
“For us, it is essential to ensure that youth stays at the heart of the government’s future policies and programmes. The meeting gave us an opportunity to discuss the ongoing programs, highlight the challenges related to the employment of vulnerable young people and exchange views on perspectives of youth strategy development,” said Nato Antia, the Danish Refugee Council’s coordinator of the project ‘EU4Youth - Enhancing Youth Education, Employment and Participation in Conflict-Affected Areas in Georgia and Ukraine’.
The meeting was conducted in the framework of the project ‘EU4Youth -Enhancing Youth Education, Employment and Participation in Conflict-Affected Areas in Georgia and Ukraine’, which is implemented by the Danish Refugee Council in Georgia and in Ukraine in partnership with the Education Development and Employment Centre (EDEC) and the Mariupol Youth Union (MYU).
The project aims at widening education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for internally displaced and conflict-affected youth and encourages their participation in society.
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Press release – coordination meeting on youth development issues