NET-MED Youth Members Meet EU Officials
The arrival of Spring for NET-MED Youth members has been marked by quite a few high-level meetings with European Union officials.
Late March, Khadija Ali, NET-MED Youth National Project Officer in Libya, met several representatives of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU’s diplomatic service. They engaged in discussions about the activities and achievements of NET-MED Youth. Khadija presented examples of sustainable actions and best practices acquired by NET-MED Youth since its start, such as the empowerment of young people at the local levels by working with NGOs and by developing the capacities of youth so they could play a role in the design and implementation of programs relevant to them in cooperation with national experts and decision-makers.
“Youth have so much in common and hence their ability to bring viewpoints closer together and create common ground,” says Khadija. Among several other youth priorities, she underlines that, in the Mediterranean region “capacity building continues to be important for young people. Building their technical expertise and developing their skill sets would make up for education systems that don’t provide this.”
The first week of April saw NET-MED Youth member Meriem Chikirou from Algeria take part in a meeting with EU High representative Federica Mogherini during her official visit to Algiers. Meriem was part of a group of five young representatives of Algeria’s civil society invited by the national EU Delegation. Over a friendly breakfast including also the EU Ambassador, Meriem who was the spokesperson of the group, discussed the large and positive impact of NET-MED Youth on civil society in the country through its participatory and innovative approaches that make youth partners and active leaders of the project’s actions.
“I strongly believe that NET-MED Youth has succeeded in putting forward the youth organizations that are members of its working group,” says Meriem. “NET-MED Youth has been providing youth with new skills, competencies, visibility and self-confidence.”
The empowerment of youth remains a priority for NET-MED Youth to ensure the sustainability of activities.
Activities building skills among youth organizations and young journalists; to enhance youth representation in media and promote freedom of expression, media and information literacy and youth-generated media content.
Activities joining youth organizations, employment experts and different national stakeholders to engage in dialogue and work together on unemployment solutions and skills needs.
Activities empowering youth to participate in the communal and national development, revision and implementation of national youth strategies and public policies.