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November 2013 - Within the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan, the
Youth Department of the Council of Europe is running this training
course with the aim of strengthening the capacity and sustainability of
Roma youth organisations in representing and voicing the concerns and
needs of Roma young people and in working with Roma young people.
"The protection of freedom of expression and the battle against hate speech are part of the same fight" - emphasized Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe in his speech given in the International Conference on Media "Freedom of expression and democracy in the digital age - opportunities, rights, responsibilities" held in Belgrade, Serbia.
Organised by Youth Peace Ambassadors Network in co-operation with the Youth Department of the CoE is an integral part of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project initiated and coordinated by the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
aims to bring together active young people from different parts
of Europe to explore gender based violence and discrimination
and how to address it in conflict transformation and peace
List of participants >>>
The AFRICAN DIASPORA YOUTH LIVING IN EUROPE (ADYNE) in co-operation with the European Youth Centre Budapest organizes a study session between 20-23 October 2013 in Budapest.
African Diaspora Youth is a minority which suffers exclusion and discrimination, thus ADYNE works to empower them on ways how to participate and to support the role of youth work and youth NGOs in addressing the exclusion and marginalization of young people and in promoting their access to rights.
session aims to increase the capacity of the organization to
advocate for youth participation in order to ensure access to
social rights. Networking, advocacy and lobby are three
interconnected and complementary means through which the
organization plans to have a greater impact on the policy making
This is a study session of Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDNEE) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
The study session will be hosted by the European Youth Centre Budapest from 20 until 27 October 2013 and is dedicated to the topic of Gender-based Violence online. CDN and its Member organisations, together with Gender working group are for years raising awareness on problems of gender inequality, trying to support learning, capacity raising and tools development of all interested young people, activists, youth organizations in Eastern Europe and wider.
project CDN aims
Youth Debates is a German language debating competition for students
which is held in 8 countries. This week is the 7th International Final
which takes place in Budapest.
Photos on Facebook >>>
6-13 October 2013 this
study session organised by European Union of the Deaf Youth (EUDY) aims
at providing Deaf young people from Europe with the possibility to learn
more about human rights, empowerment and active citizenship.
The seminar gives a good opportunity to the participants to
discover what politics means, how to become a full citizen and
to act on political level for the rights of Deaf young people in
Photos on Facebook >>>
European Union of the Deaf Youth (EUDY) on Facebook >>>
This study session has been organised by CIDI (Centre for Intercultural Dialogue and Integration) and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe taking place in the European Youth Centre Budapest between 23- 29 September 2013.
It aims to create a community of
gamers/professionals in the gaming industry that do not only
understand and recognise hateful behaviors that happen in online
gaming spaces, but also proactively act to challenge it. To
achieve this goal the session will include gaming sessions, but
also discussions and debate about them, meetings with gaming
journalists, academics and game developers. Participants will
develop community based actions, share good online practices and
will create of a set of recommendations on the development of
better online gaming communities.
Game over hate on Facebook >>>
The No Hate Speech Movement organises on 22 July 2013 the European Action Day for the Victims of Hate Crime.
22 July is the day of the
attacks in Oslo and the massacre in Utøya that, in 2011, claimed the
lives of 77 people.
„Participation for All” (PAFA) is an International
network of youth organisations and NGOs working with young people, youth
workers and professionals. Member organisations of PAFA are dedicated to
participation and inclusion of young people with fewer opportunities,
particularly with physical disabilities, by means of non-formal
Read more >>>
The Andorran Chairmanship of the Council of
Europe is launching a campaign in support of the values
promoted by the European Convention on Human Rights as it has
made us aware that intolerance and discrimination are unacceptable.
The updated catalogue with presentations of
Youth Centres which participated in the 2010-2013
The European Platform of Youth Centres is organised
annually and is a platform for exchange and knowledge sharing among the
centres associating to the Council of Europe.
More on Quality Label for Youth Centres >>>
‘A young volunteer can do anything – strengthening youth activism on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights’
April, members from the
Sexual Awareness for Europe (YSAFE) network will gather at the
European Youth Centre in Budapest for a Study Session.
online volunteers are activists with special competencies and role for
the online platform and tools of the
No Hate Speech On-line Campaign and are key actors in the
campaign, particularly in the European and national aspects.
From 7th to 14th of April
the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions is
organising a Study Session entitled “Participation and democracy:
A legal framework for school student rights” at the European Youth
Centre in Budapest in co-operation with the Directorate of Democratic
Citizenship and Participation, Youth Department of the Council of
OBESSU on Facebook >>>
The first award ceremony of the Council of Europe
Quality Label for Youth Centres to the Euromed Youth Centre (Adrasan,
Turkey) and The Youth Cultural Center Brežice (Brežice, Slovenia)
place in the EYCB yesterday.
Photos on Facebook >>>
Updates and Campaign news >>>
Follow the Campaign on Twitter >>>
The official Launching
event of the
No Hate Speech Movement will take place on the 22nd
March at 10.30 a.m in the foyer of the hemicycle of the Council of
Europe’s main building (the Palais).
Youth Encountering Environmental Human Rights
Study session co-organised by International Young Naturefriends (IYNF)
During this seminar the
participants will explore the topic of environmental human rights and
active youth participation.
Long-term Training Course with Serbian Youth Workers and Trainers
Revised edition of the Quality Label brochure
The Youth Department has
produced the revised English version of the brochure “The Council of
Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres”.
Living Library School Project – Documentary Film
In 2012, the European Youth
Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, with support from the European
Youth Foundation and the UNHCR, and in cooperation with the Active
Citizenship Foundation, has launched a pilot project: taking the Living
Library concept to high schools across Hungary.
Hearing on the challenges faced by Young Refugees and Asylum seekers in Europe accessing their social rights and their integration, while in transition to adulthood
On 14 January the European Youth Centre Budapest
is hosting a hearing on "the challenges face by Young Refugees
and Asylum-seekers in Transition to Adulthood". This hearing is
organised by the Youth Department and the Committee on Migration
of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in
cooperation with the UNHCR offices of Strasbourg and Budapest.
The meeting is attended by young refugees, youth workers and
governmental representatives. The outcomes will contribute to
the report by Ms. Mailis Reps (Estonia, ALDE) of the
Parliamentary Assembly on "Unaccompanied migrant children: what
rights at 18?"
Revised COMPASS just published
revised version of "COMPASS - Manual for Human Rights Education
with Young People" has recently been published in
English language by the Council of Europe.
"Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online" - 27-28 Nov 2012, EYC Budapest
European Youth Centre Budapest is hosting the conference
“Tackling Hate Speech: Living Together Online” on 27 and 28
November, which is being co-organised by the Council of Europe
and the EEA and Norway
Training workshop Action and Campaigning against Hate speech (22-24 November 2012)
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Council of Europe
Youth Department in partnership with the
EEA and Norway Grants
are organising a training workshop entitled Action and
Campaigning against hate speech online in European Youth Centre
Budapest between 22-24 November 2012.
YPA networking Conference - 6-8 November 2012
Between 6th and 8th
November 70 participants of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project
will meet at the European Youth Centre Budapest for the YPA
Phiren Amenca - The European boogie Man Complex
Between 14th and the
20th October 34 young people gather at the European Youth Centre
in Budapest to attend Phiren Amenca’s study session “The
European boogie Man Complex” on antigypsyism. The study session
aims to raise the awareness and youth activism to challenge
stereotypes racism as well as to support the work of young Roma
and non-Roma volunteers in their voluntary service placements
across the world. The youth are Roma and non-Roma volunteers,
former volunteers, volunteer candidates and youth leaders who
are active in Roma communities and experienced in working with
Roma communities and/or Roma youth.
UNOY Peacebuilders - Youth Advocacy for Peace
The European Youth
Centre Budapest hosts between 14th and 20th October a study
session organised by the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY
Peacebuilders) in cooperation with Fundació Catalunya Voluntària
(FCV), Support Initiative for Liberty and Democracy (SILBA), and
Centro Internazionale per la Promozione dell’Educazione e lo
Sviluppo (CEIPES). The purpose of the study session is to give
youth peace NGOs an opportunity to reflect on advocacy, as well
as to share practices and ideas on how to improve their advocacy
work. The outcome of the study session will assist youth NGOs of
UNOY Peacebuilders’ network in their role as active stakeholders
by working together on a common advocacy strategy for the
Training Course for Roma youth leaders/activists for promoting human rights and taking action against discrimination
The youth sector of
the Council of Europe organises between 20 and 29 October 2012 a
training course for Roma youth leaders and young activists. 34
participants from 18 countries will be trained on how to develop
youth initiatives and actions in their communities, in order to
fight discrimination and anti-Gypsyism. The course is organised
in the framework of the Council of Europe Roma Youth Action
Tell us what you think!
In the framework of
the project "Young people combating hate speech online",
the Youth Department of the Council of Europe launches a survey
on young people's attitudes and experience of online hate
Vacancy Notice - Principle Administrative Assistant at the EYCB- Temporary Contract
Training Course of Youth Peace Ambassadors (Group C)
3rd and 7th September 24 young people from across Europe gather at the European
Youth Centre in Budapest for their second seminar addressing conflict resolution,
intercultural dialogue and human rights. These youth are members of Group
C of the Youth Peace Ambassadors project. The project started in 2011 and
continues until 2013 aiming to empower young people in their role as multipliers
and youth leaders in peace-building activities in their communities through
their involvement in civil society organisations and projects.
Living Library documentary and revised organisers' guide
Youth Department of the Council of Europe has produced a documentary
“Let’s Take the Feminist – The Living
Library Experience” which was shot at 2011 Sziget Festival. The 26-minute
feature documentary is in Hungarian with English subtitles and presents
the best moments of the traditional Living Library event of the European
Youth Centre Budapest. The film is also distributed as a DVD compendium
to the revised Living Library organisers’ guide
“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover.”
OBESSU study session "Special Needs" in the EYCB
From the 4th to 11th of March 2012, the Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) will organise, in cooperation with the Council of Europe, a study session entitled “Special Needs”: education, participation and social inclusion at the European Youth Centre in Budapest. The study session will gather together approximately 40 participants from more than 15 different countries from all over Europe. The Study Session aims to explore and further develop tools and methods for social inclusion for school students with special needs in youth projects. Besides young people from OBESSU also young persons from the European Union of Deaf Youth (EUDY), Ceva de Spus, the Norwegian Association of Youth with disabilities and Surdus Loquens will participate in the Study Session. Moreover the President of the International Federation of Hard of Hearing Young People (IFHOHYP) will be a guest speaker at the event. Read more...
Training course for trainers in human rights education
young trainers and youth workers from 30 countries meet from 7-14 February
for the ‘Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education for young people’
at the European Youth Centre Budapest. The Training seminar was preceded
by a seven month long e-learning phase. During the 8 day seminar participants
will develop their competences in human rights education, intercultural
learning, and promoting through education
on democratic citizenship and human rights education. Following
this seminar all trainers and youth workers of the course will implement
local and/or national training initiatives in their respective communities.
Study Session ‘Why do not change prejudices into experiences’ organised by ‘Loesje International’ in cooperation with ‘Loesje Armenia’
Between 22 and 26 November 30 young people from many European countries are exploring the relation between stereotypes and prejudice and are developing idea’s on how to work with young people in helping them to overcome their stereotypes and learn to live in diverse and multicultural societies and to respect human rights.
The organisers are using creative tools developed by the organisation Loesje, such as poster creative writing.
Some of the inspiring examples of the posters developed during the week can be found below.
Enter! Youth Meeting movies
to Social Rights for Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods
The movie clips from the Enter! Youth Meeting that was held in the European Youth Centre Strasbourg from 14 to 18 September 2011 are now available.
The meeting was organised within
the Enter! project on access to social rights for young people.
Watch the short movie of the Meeting >>>
Roma Youth Conference - Terne Romengiri Konferencija in the EYC Strasbourg
the aspirations and projects of Roma youth in the Council of Europe - Dejpe
krlo/glaso e aspiracijenge thaj projektonge katar e terne Roma ande Europako
The Roma Youth Conference
(26-30 September 2011, EYC Strasbourg) is a follow up activity to the Strasbourg
Declaration, adopted in October 2010. It will gather representatives and
active leaders of Roma youth organisations and young Roma active
in other organisations and projects from the Council of Europe member states.
Living Library on the Sziget Festival 2011
Between August 12 and 14, and after a year of hiatus in 2010, the Living Library project returned to the annual Sziget Festival, one of Europe’s largest and best-known musical festivals.
Organized by the European Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe, the Living Library has been a staple of the Sziget Festival since 2003, attracting hundreds of festival goers of many nationalities and showcasing its unique approach to challenging harmful and widespread stereotypes about various social groups, such as gays, immigrants, Roma, Jews, women, policemen or alcoholics, among many others.
Council of Europe announced 2011 Youth Media Award
Directorate of Communication of the Council of Europe together with
the European Youth Press has announced a journalism prize
- Youth Media Award 2011 for young media makers and journalists
in all 47 CoE member states and Belarus.
The Award is open from 7
March until 1 August 2011.
Human Rights Education and Advocacy Activism – Learning for Change
Human Rights Education Youth Network (HREYN) held a study session entitled
"Human Rights Education and Advocacy Activism - Learning for change"
between 1-7 May 2011 in European Youth Centre Budapest.
See photos from the session >>>
Human Sentenced to Death - A Meeting with Joaquín José Martínez
Friday, April 1, 2011 17.00-19:00
a young man, Joaquin José Martinez supported the death penalty. But the
Spanish-Ecuadorian man was sentenced to death by a Florida court for a dual
murder in 1987. He could not afford his own lawyer and was supported by
a public defender and the court committed serious procedural errors during
Human rights education with and by school students
Bureau of School Students Unions and the
Directorate of Youth and Sport organised
a study session on “Human Rights Education with and by school students:
empowering school students to be peer educators in HRE" between 6-13
March 2011 at the European Youth Centre Budapest.
M.A. European Youth Studies Project - Short seminar in Budapest
The M.A. European Youth Studies (M.A. EYS) Project organised a residential seminar at the EYCB in February 2011.
The seminar is a core component of the 2011 Short Course, itself a pilot for the upcoming transnational and intercultural postgraduate degree in interdisciplinary European youth studies.
The development process is currently funded by the Socrates-Erasmus chapter of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme and supported by the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport and the EU-COE Youth Partnership.
This degree course aims to set the quality reference point and benchmark for improving and sustaining the development of European youth research as a distinct field of education and scholarship. The only specialist degree of its kind, it aims to fill an education and qualification gap at national and European levels.
See video of the seminar >>>
The Secretary General’s visit to the European Youth Centre Budapest
1st EU-Level Thematic Conference for the European Year of Volunteering at the Council of Europe’s European Youth Centre Budapest
official launch of the European Year of Volunteering 2011 took place
on January 8th in Budapest as part of the series of events linked to the
inauguration of the Hungarian presidency of the EU.
For more information visit the EYV 2011 Alliance website >>>
Consult the programme of the conference >>>
More photos >>>
10th December - Human Rights Festival at the EYC Budapest
Festival's mission was to celebrate the Human
Rights Day which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General
Assembly on 10 December 1948.
Read detailed information on the Festival >>>
EYCB hosts Group of Eminent Persons
2nd meeting of the Group of Eminent Persons took place in the European
Youth Centre Budapest on 2 December , the discussions focused on the situation
of Roma in Europe .
Asian and European youth representatives meet on Environment and Human Rights
Council of Europe – Directorate of Youth and Sport - and the Asia-Europe
Foundation (ASEF) gathered 30 young people from Asia and Europe to
participate in the Asia-Europe Training Course on Environmental Human Rights.
The training course was organised in cooperation with the International
Workcamp Organization (IWO) in Korea. It took place in Paju, Korea, from
9 to 15 November and focused on the challenges for Youth Work in relation
to the Environment and Human Rights.
2nd residential seminar of the ENTER! Long Term Training Course
From 27th September- 6th October, 26 participants gathered in the European Youth Centre Budapest fort he 2nd residential seminar of the Long Term Training Course (LTTC) on the Access to Social Rights of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
The LTTC is part of the tri-annual project ENTER! organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Council of Europe and aims at developing youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
This second seminar in Budapest hold the purpose of consolidating participants’ learning so far and evaluate their project development. It also helped participants to further develop their expertise on Social Rights and to explore how youth policy can influence their work at local level.
Within the programme of the seminar, participants had the opportunity to visit a local organisation, Kesztyugyár. They were introduced to the educational programme of the community centre and had a chance to explore the neighbourhood and see how urban regeneration can contribute to social inclusion.
Participants further developed the next steps of their projects and will meet again for a final seminar in Strasbourg in May 2011.
The colloquy, entitled “Bridging the Gap” brought together over thirty practitioners from the Youth Information field to discuss the development of Youth Information in recent years and in particular since the adoption of Recommendation (90) 7 in 1980 by the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers on information and counselling for young people in Europe.
The meeting was also occasioned by the adoption of Recommendation CM/ Rec (2010)8 by the Committee of Ministers on youth information in June.
The participants – both governmental representatives and youth information workers – discussed a broad range of issues, among them the current state of youth information, the consequeces of new youth cultures on youth information services, the possible practical implementation of the new recommendations, and the promotion of the Youth Information Starter Kit.
One of the primary aims for the colloquy was he sharing of local and national experiences among the participants and the transfer of knowledge and expertise from countries with well-established youth information structures and systems to countries where this area is still in its early stages of development.
the framework of the networking visit in Hungary, the Platform of European
Social NGOs (Social
Platform) held its conference entitled “Impact of the crisis on people,
civil society organisations and social policies” at the EYCB on 15-16 September.
Four key messages to decision
makers by the present social civil society organisations came out during
The European Roma Rights
Centre held its annual Roma Rights Summer School from
25 July to 4 August 2010.