The Council of Europe’s youth sector is committed to cooperating and working together with partners in the Southern Mediterranean and Arab regions, chiefly with the League of Arab States, in order to promote intercultural dialogue and the development of youth policy and youth work based on democratic participation of young people.

This cooperation builds on the successful experiences of the recent years, which have included training courses in human rights education, a long-term training course on non-formal education and youth projects and a series of activities on youth policy cooperation. This experience has been supported by the Arabic version of Compass  – the manual for human rights education with young people and the Arabic version of Mosaic – the Training Kit for Euro-Mediterranean youth work  as tools for introducing human rights and democracy in youth work and non-formal education activities.

The concept of democratic youth participation was introduced in the Euro-Arab training courses of the Council of Europe in 2012 and has the potential to embrace and represent both the central values and the thematic issues relevant for youth leaders to develop and secure inclusive democractic approaches in youth projects, programmes and policies.

These central values include:

  • Democracy
  • Youth participation
  • Human rights
  • Quality and recognition of non-formal education and youth work,
  • Human rights education and education for democratic citizenship
For more information please see also the reports of the training course:


The South programme

The social and political changes brought about by what has become known as the Arab Spring have placed new responsibilities and opened new opportunities for cooperation.  The Council of Europe is implementing the South programme which, with the financial contribution of the European Union, seeks to support the process of consolidation and development of democratic processes in the South Mediterranean. In this framework, the Youth Department of the Council of Europe has set the basis to develop a programme of capacity-building for democratic youth participation particularly addressed at the Maghreb region, complemented by the cooperation among youth researchers.
A training course for trainers was thus held in Saleh/Rabat (Morocco) in April 2013, together with an inter-regional seminar for youth researchers. For more information see also the South programme website

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