Call for Participation: Fully Funded Diaspora Youth for Inclusive Decision Making and Global Citizenship

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe Diaspora Youth for Inclusive Decision Making and Global Citizenship

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe is promoting a capacity-building activity for young leaders in organisations working with youth diaspora communities in Europe. The training course aims at promoting global citizenship and strengthening the active citizenship’s skills of youth diaspora, promoting their recognition as relevant actors for building peaceful and inclusive societies in a context of increasing migration flows.

The course will enable young leaders with diaspora background or working with diaspora and migrant communities to more effectively participate in decision making processes aiming at social cohesion in Europe, with especial attention to the integration of young migrant and refugees.

The North-South Centre for youth diaspora

The North-South Centre has been working on and with youth diaspora for more than 10 years through capacity building, policy development and funding initiatives with the vision of building more inclusive societies. Youth diaspora, by bridging different countries, cultures and identities, play a fundamental role in fostering intercultural dialogue, in supporting interregional cooperation and in promoting social cohesion.

Exploring this phenomenon and learning form the youth diaspora experiences it is an effort that could substantially contribute to enhance integration policies in Europe and to further develop global education. For these reasons, youth diaspora represent a valuable resource to tackle the actual challenges of the Council of Europe member states such as migration, social inclusion and active participation of young people in vulnerable situation.

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The training course: When and How.

The course will take place from the 9 to the 16 June 2019 in the framework of the 7th Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship, Hammamet (Tunisia). It targets 20 young citizens of Council of Europe member states actively involved in organisations working with or for migrant and youth diaspora communities. The participation at the course is free of charge and all cost related to travel, boarding and lodging are covered by the organisers.

The training is part of “iLegend”, a project co-funded by the Council of Europe and the European Union aims at strengthening global development education in EU Member States and potential Member States.

The training course targets 20 youth representatives/multipliers/young leaders from organisations working with or for migrant and Youth diaspora communities in Europe.

Travel, board and lodging

  • Arrivals are expected on 9 June and departures on 16 June 2019.
  • The North-South Centre will issue pre-paid flight round-trip tickets from the country of residence to Tunis (Tunisia).
  • Transfers from and to the airport/train station to the training venue will be ensured by the l’Observatoire National de la Jeunesse (ONJ).
  • The board and lodging for the full duration of the training course is covered.
  • Participants will be accommodated in shared rooms.
  • It is expected that participants/supporting organisations assume expenses related to local transport in the home country, as well as visa costs.
  • Please look for information regarding health and visa needs that you might have to attend the activity

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To Apply

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Deadline for applications 12 May 2019

Candidates will be considered for the selection phase on the basis of the following eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by the deadline for applications:

  • be a citizen from one of the Council of Europe member states
  • be an active member of a migrants or diaspora-related organisation based in one of the Council of Europe member states;
  • aged between 18 and 35 year;
  • be able to work and fluently communicate in English;

Candidates will be then evaluated according to the following selection criteria, which must be clearly specified in the candidate’s application form:

  • knowledge of youth policies and/or involved in a youth organization/platform or other institutions having youth as main target group;
  • knowledge about youth participation, democratic processes, human rights and global education;
  • basic competences in advocacy and decision making for social inclusion and migration policies;
  • experience in project management in the field of youth cooperation in the Euro-Mediterranean region;
  • willing and able to initiate follow-up projects/initiatives after the conclusion of the course.

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