After two years of implementation the EU4Youth project ‘Better Skills for Better Future’ has come to an end. The closing event took place on 24 January in the Armenian capital Yerevan, and aimed at presenting the project’s results to all stakeholders.
The results achieved by the project in Armenia over the past two years include:
- More than 1,300 young people benefited from comprehensive trainings on entrepreneurship and employability, as well as from mentoring and internship opportunities;
- 10 professional orientation/career guidance resource centres were established in the corresponding amount of schools;
- 12 local/national youth policies towards youth participation, employability and development were carried out and/or revised.
The event brought together representatives of state, public and private sector agencies and international organisations actively engaged in youth, education, employment and other related fields, as well as individual experts and young people.
During her opening speech, Ambassador Andrea Wiktorin, Head of the European Union Delegation to Armenia, thanked Save the Children in Armenia and OxYGen “for bringing this project to an extremely successful result”.
The Armenian government was represented by Arman Udumyan, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, who said the project was fully in line with the government’s priorities, and expressed the ministry’s willingness to participate in upcoming projects, not only in the implementation but also in the plannning phase.
Young people, the main beneficiaries of the EU4Youth Programme, also had their say at the event. Arus Sukiasyan, member of the Youth Advisory Team of Save the Children in Armenia , took the floor: "As a representative of the Youth Team, I can confidently assure that this year was a most productive and fruitful period for me!"
Apart from presenting the project’s outcomes, other youth issues were discussed. Astghik Movsisyan, Country Team Leader of Save the Children in Armenia, highlighted ongoing challenges: "Despite the efforts and contributions made by all the partners, there’s still much to do in terms of supporting young people’s rights towards serf-realisation, economic competitiveness, learning opportunities and civic self-expression."
During the event, more than 100 guests had the opportunity to participate in a number of workshops focused on specific project outputs and learn more about all the tools and methods that contributed to project success and sustainability.
The ‘EU4Youth: Better Skills for Better Future’ regional project (2018-2019) was implemented with funding from the European Union in three countries: Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine. In Armenia, the project was implemented by Save the Children International Armenian Representative Office in cooperation with OxYGen Foundation for Protection of Youth and Women Rights.
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