The EU4Youth program has organized a conference to bring young people closer to public life through sport and culture.
“Nothing about us, without us”. Under this premise, the European Union aims to strengthen the social and economic inclusion of Tunisian youth through a local development approach under the EU4Youth program.
During the initial phase of the program, several regional forums have been held in the historic city of Monastir with the aim of giving a voice to Tunisian youth.
On the one hand, these forums facilitate the alignment between the expectations and needs of Tunisian youth. On the other hand, it contributes to the design of the program’s orientations, (gouvernerats-provinces)
During the days, exchange dynamics were created with Tunisian youth, taking into account 3 fundamental aspects:
To lay the foundations of a dynamic of youth involvement in the program. To promote the development of the program and its activities. Establishing local networks that can serve as a relay for the program.
The forums brought together more than 120 vulnerable and/or marginalized young people who are generally disconnected from public life.
These initiatives are intended to allow their own opinions to influence the vision, design and implementation of the program. To this end, field visits were organized on the first day to engage in conversation with local actors in the field of culture and sport.
These moments of exchange allowed the construction of workshops around the cross-cutting themes of sport and culture that facilitated diagnoses on the mechanisms of vulnerability, but also served to detect the positive attitudes of young people to participate in the formulation of decentralized public policies with innovative tools.
The activity has also made it possible to make a diagnosis of the obstacles, demands and expectations of young people. Among the issues addressed were the inclusion of people with disabilities, the creation of innovative tools for access to information, sports and cultural partnerships, the promotion of sports and access to culture using and improving existing infrastructures, and support for sports and cultural programming, as well as the training of professionals.
EU4Youth Component 2 “Participation and inclusion of Tunisian youth through creativity, access to culture and sport at the local level” is funded by the European Union and implemented by a consortium of partners composed of AECID, FIIAPP and the British Council.