The Study Visit, After the Arab Spring: youth work reality, held in Tunisia last week provided the chance to work and reflect about Youth work after the Revolution.
The Visit have had the following development:
Youth representatives from across Europe met counterparts in Tunisia. Participants listened to officials from the Tunisian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Observatory for Youth and Training, and made a site visit to a Tunis-area school that trains youth workers and tourism professionalism. The unique context of Tunisia, as the first country of the Arab Spring, made the visit especially enriching, as participants debated the role of government ministry’s, local youth councils, and NGOs in formulating new strategies for Tunisian youth. With an extensive history of youth initiatives dating back to the independence of the country, one of Tunisia’s key challenges is to strike a balance of continuing initiatives that have worked, while branching out and exploring new ways of reaching out to the country’s youth. European participants pointed out that their goal was not only to share their experiences, but to learn from Tunisians and to bring back ideas to their own countries.
Participants had the opportunity to learn from a range of leaders in associative work from across Tunisia. The topic of regional disparities was a hot topic, as participants discussed with experts in civil society on differences in youth policy and strategy in different regions in Tunisia. The director of associations in the Tunisian prime minister’s office gave an overview of the radical new associative framework in Tunisia. Participants were impressed at not only how the Tunisian government has cut red tape, but how regulations have been adapted to reaffirm associations’ essential role in Tunisian society. Finally, participants had the opportunity to hear from different youth associations in Tunisia, discussing with them the opportunities and challenges of youth work in post-revolutionary Tunisia.
The historic city of Kairouan was the destination for the third day of the EuroMed/Youth in Action study tour on youth work in Tunisia. Kairouan, a city in central Tunisia, is a UNESCO world heritage site and one of the holiest cities in Islam. The participants had the opportunity to hear how preservation societies are involving youth in their work of restoring the historic parts of the city. The participants then visited a rural youth club served by mobile youth units from the youth club of Kairouan. One of the key takeaways was the challenge of matching the needs of rural youth with the changes brought by the revolution and the new needs of Tunisia’s youth. Day four of the tour will continue today in Sousse, Tunisia.
The EuroMed Youth/Youth in Action study tour on youth work in Tunisia wrapped up this evening after an inspiring day visiting and learning about how Tunisian associations are helping rural women enter the workforce. The Women’s Group for Agricultural Development in Wadi Sbaihia helps over 160 women to work in meaningful agricultural work, while learning new skills and transferring knowledge. Research from Centre for Research, Studies, Documentation and Information on Women (CREDIF), the first such institution in Africa, provided background for participants on the opportunities and challenges for Tunisian women in the workforce. While the visit to Tunisia has concluded, participants will bring back to their home countries knowledge of the reality of youth work in Tunisia, and ideas on how European countries can partner with Tunisia at this critical time in its history. A study on youth work in Tunisia is underway and will help provide an overview for organizations of the youth work environment in Tunisia.
During the Study Visit, the present 13 National Agencies had also the possibility to share in group about the possibilities of cooperation for the next year in supporting activities within the frame of EuroMediterranean area.
During the TCP meeting, NAs will have the possibility of meeting EMYUs of Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Palestinian Authority, Morocco and Algeria. The aim of having EMYUs in Vienna for the TCP (Training and cooperation plan) in September will be support the cooperation and development of new cooperations including new organizations and new projects.
In 2013 EuroMed Youth Programme is planning in cooperation with Salto EuroMed to realize the following activities in Meda countries:
- EuroMed Youth Awards
- Seminar on Unemployment
- TC on environment
- Study Visit : Youth Work and Inclusion
- TC Youth Participation
- Seminar on Youth Work