With this first visit, the Moroccan specialists learn about the work carried out by youth organisations in Catalonia
Representatives of the Youth Department of the Moroccan Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication are visiting Barcelona this week to learn about the reality of youth policies in Catalonia, their design, planning, implementation and evaluation, as well as the work of interdepartmental, intersectoral and territorial decentralisation in the development of these policies.
This visit is a continuation of the activities of the European twinning project to Support the strengthening of governance and the deployment of innovative initiatives for the inclusion of young people in Morocco.
For five days, the Moroccan delegation will be able to learn first-hand about the work of the bodies responsible for youth policies through an agenda that includes, among others, a visit to the Directorate General of Youth of Catalonia, whose presentation will focus on the evolution of youth policies in Catalonia and the National Youth Plan of Catalonia; the Directorate General for Employment of Catalonia, where he will learn about the management of the Youth Guarantee programme and some successful youth employment programmes; the Catalan Youth Observatory, where he will learn about the system for monitoring and tracking the situation of young people; and the Adsis Foundation, which works with adolescents and young people at risk of social exclusion.
This visit will help to identify programmes and good practices that Spain and Morocco can share in the implementation of youth policies with the aim of adapting the regulations to the reality of young people.
The Director General of the Catalan Youth Agency, Laia Girós, states that “the visit is a recognition of the trajectory of our programmes and we hope that the Moroccan delegation can learn directly and on the ground about the implementation of youth policies in the Catalan territory, as well as the interdepartmental work and inter-institutional collaboration; we hope that the visit will be fruitful within this project that will undoubtedly be enriching for all parties involved”.
For Peggy Martinello, director of the Public Administration and Social Affairs area of the FIIAPP, the visit “is an opportunity to get to know public youth support mechanisms, from the territorial level, where the situation, challenges and expectations of young people become tangible. Sharing these experiences and creating spaces for interaction between the people responsible for designing and implementing these mechanisms in Catalonia and Morocco is part of the dynamics of the project. This project is moving forward to generate a positive impact that guarantees a better integration of young people. The Spanish Cooperation and the FIIAPP is committed and continues to address the challenges faced by young people in different countries around the world”.
In addition, the delegation will visit several Catalan localities to learn about the functioning of services, programmes and specific facilities for young people. In Mataró they will visit the Espacio Joven Cerdanyola; in Les Borges Blanques they will visit the Les Garrigues Youth Office; in Terrassa, the Casa Baumann; and in Barcelona, the Xanascat Youth Hostel.