Dear GEOECOPOL friends,
Between 1-8 June 2015, I had the unique opportunity to take
part in the 3rd Mediterranean
University on Youth and Global Citizenship taking place in the beautiful
resort of Hammamet, Tunisia.
Organized by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in co-operation
with the National Youth Observatory of Tunisia and in partnership with the
League of Arab States, the European Youth Forum, the Italian National Youth
Forum and the National Youth Council of Catalonia, it gathered over 100
participants from both Europe and the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa)
While the partners implemented several activities within the
framework of the MedUni, which culminated every evening with joint sessions, I
took part in the 2nd Training
Course on Structured Participation in Democratic Processes organized by the North-South Centre of the Council of
Europe. It focused on bringing together youth workers and activists from
Europe and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean in order to tackle democratic
governance, decision and policy making processes.
Although the overall objective of the activity was to support empowerment of civil society in order to make it a fully fledged actor of governance, the 18 participants in this specific training course within the MedUni took time as well to exchange best practices when it comes to youth work, have nurturing discussions if democracy is a process or rather a system (as profound as it may sound) and of course enjoy the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea in Tunisia.
The training was of an amazing cultural diversity, bringing together youth workers from Portugal, Spain, Egypt , Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Romania, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Finland, Macedonia and Cyprus.
For those of you interested in similar events (especially in those promoting the Euro-Arab cooperation), always check the website of the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe.
wishes to you all,