Young People with Fewer Opportunities

A bilingual publication of the Eurodesk Cyprus about the young people with fewer opportunities. The term “young people with fewer opportunities” defines the young people who do not have the same opportunities as their peers because they may face one or more of the following situations:

  • Social obstacles
  • Economic obstacles
  • Disability
  • Educational difficulties
  • Cultural differences
  • Sexual orientation
  • Health problems
  • Geographical obstacles

Topics:
Inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities.
The needs of the Young people with fewer opportunities.
“Youth in Action” Programme and Social Inclusion.
Manuals for youth workers.
Read more HERE.

Useful Links:
Social Inclusion Tkit 8
SALTO and Inclusion
SALTO Inclusion Resource Centre

A school project about  social inclusion

Application form instructions – Youth in Action

The following video was produced by the Icelandic National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme. The video provides instructions on how to fill in an application form for the all actions of the Programme except for the European Voluntary Service (Action 2) and the Action 2.1.


Don’t forget to contact your National Agency before submitting your application form.

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Newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus: Cyprus EU Youth Conference

The EU Youth Conference of the Cyprus Presidency held in Nicosia, Cyprus on 11-12-13 of September 2012. The topic of the conference was the “Youth Participation and the Social Inclusion of young people with migrant background”. The conference  broadcasted in the European Youth Portal.

The Eurodesk Cyprus participated actively in the conference by disseminating the updates in the social networks and by collecting testimonies of youth delegates.Furthermore, the Eurodesk Cyprus prepared a bilingual interactive newsletter dedicated to the EU Youth Conference.

The topics of the newsletter are:

 

  • Cyprus Presidency: “European Youth Conference”.
  • Interview: Mohamed Yassine Ennaem: A young person with migrant background who lives in Cyprus.
  • Youth delegates and volunteers share their experience.
  • Joint Recommendations of youth delegates and Directors-General for Youth.

The newsletter is available HERE.

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USE Exibition

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Open Cyprus in Europe

From Guimares to Nicosia #goUSE

The United States of Europe – a travelling exhibition about European identity and today’s Europe – on exhibit in Nicosia from 17th September.

  • Loukia and Michael Zampelas Art Museum;
  • Nicosia Municipality ‘Old Market Pallouriotissa’
  • Pharos Arts Foundation: The Shoe Factory
  • Temporary Space
  • The Classic Hotel – the gallery
  • Goethe-Institut – the gallery

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Newsletter Eurodesk Cyprus: Cyprus EU Presidency

The bilingual interactive newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus provides information about the Cyprus EU Presidency.

Topics:

  • Cyprus EU Presidency.
  • Council of the European Union.
  • Eurodesk Cyprus and Cyprus Presidency.
  • Cyprus Youth Council: “Becoming active with the Structured Dialogue”.
  • Campaigns “Information Right Now” and “Generation 1992”.
  • Events/ Competitions.
  • Videos and Useful Resources.

Find the newsletter HERE.

Published by Eurodesk Cyprus.

Visit also the official website of the Cyprus Presidency: http://www.cy2012.eu

Civil Society and Democracy Building: The youth perspective

The civil society or alternatively the third sector is an important stakeholder in the society because it gives voice to the citizens by empowering various social structures. The promotion of non-governmental and non-profit organizations is associated with the peace construction in conflict areas. The education is a field that could stimulate the active youth participation and the tolerance among the people. The educators can shape a culture of tolerance and acceptance among the young people from different backgrounds.

Nowadays, traveling from one country to another is easier than before due to high technological improvement and also to social and historical changes, such as, the European integration. The European citizens can cross the borders within the European Union without a visa. However, the Human Rights are still violating. A general knowledge about the Human Rights doesn’t establish a culture where the human rights are respected; as a result, the Human Rights Education is more than necessary. The Council of Europe published two manuals on Human Rights Education, “Compasito” for children up to 13 years old and “Compass” for teenagers and adults. The civil society should advocate for the integration of the Human Rights Education to the formal education curricula by engaging the key education shareholders, such as Ministry of Education, teachers platforms, parents and students, to the dialogue.

The web 2.0 platforms may reinforce the civil society’s campaigns about peace and democracy because it is a way to participate, spread campaigns and exchange good practices with other people globally. The digital media could be characterized as the revolution in the field of communication, each one of us, has the chance to share his/her views and learn about new ideas and tendencies. The e-participation is a youth friendly form of active participation because the young people are familiar with the social media platforms such as facebook, twitter and blogs. The civil society has a unique chance to boost their campaigns through the social media; the young people tend to pay more attention to facebook posts than to emails. On the other hand, the civil society actors and the young people should be equipped with “digital skills”, in order, firstly to endorse their ideas efficiently and secondly to avoid some traps. According to the above, it was build the argument that the “digital education” should be part of the school programmes as well.

The civil society should also boost the youth volunteerism in the border regions between countries where there is a conflict and also lack of democracy. The borders have their own linguistic and cultural identity; the people tend to speak both languages, there are influences from the traditions of both countries and many mixed marriages. The most striking fact in conflict areas is the sense of belonging, people either feel they belong to both countries or they feel they don’t belong anywhere. The youth volunteerism, through many projects and programmes, in the short-term may facilitate the trust building among the people in the borders and the people who come from regions far away from the borders. In the long-term this could lead to a further development of the values of democracy and peace.

Currently, the economic crisis and the related emerging problems are making the work of the civil society organizations more difficult. In my opinion, the involvement of the young people in the democracy building process is more than essential because the youngsters will be the future citizens thus the future voters. The launch of democracy is connected with an active youth that defend and protect the Human Rights by thinking globally and acting locally.

The article was published in mahallas.com

Eurodesk Cyprus: Newsletter May- Environment

The Eurodesk Cyprus promotes the sustainability through an interactive bilingual newsletter. The environment is one of the most important topics in the European agenda and also one of the Millennium  Development Goals of the United Nations.

Topics:

  • Envrironment and EU.
  • Interview: Charalampos Theopemptou, Cyprus Commissioner for the Environment.
  • Events- Seminars- Workshops.
  • Good Practices at a local level.

Special thanks to Mr Charalambos Theopemtou.

Find the newsletter HERE.

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Mariepaz had an interesting conversation with Mr Charalampos Theopemptou, the Cyprus Commissioner for the Environment.

Influence the EU Youth Policy:Structured Dialogue

The Eurodesk Cyprus presents the structure dialogue process through an interactive newsletter with useful information, videos, images, resources,useful links and interviews.
They are also included the Guiding Questions of the Cyprus Presidency.
So!!!Get involved and influence the EU Youth Policy.

The newsletter is available HERE.
The videos from the workshops from the second phase of the Structured Dialogue cycle on “Youth Participation in Democratic Life in Europe” in Sorø, Denmark on 18-21 March, are available in the European Youth Portal.

The theme of the Cyprus presidency is “Participation and Social Inclusion”, regarding the certain topics the Eurodesk Cyprus published a newsletter about the Social Inclusion and a newsletter about the Youth Participation.

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Eurodesk Cyprus:Youth on the Move initiative

The interactive bilingual newsletter of the Eurodesk Cyprus for the month March is dedicated to the European campaign “Youth on the Move”.
The “Youth on the Move” is a campaign that promotes the working,training and studying mobility in Europe.
The operator of the Eurodesk Cyprus,collected some testimonies from youngsters who participated in European Commission’s programmes.
There are also useful information and resources about Mobility opportunities in Europe,Comenius,EVS,Erasmus,Youth Exchanges,Erasmus Mundus and Leonardo da Vinci.

You may find the newsletter HERE

For Mariepaz it was a really intensive experience since she had the opportunity to talk with beneficiaries of European Commission’s programmes.