The Roma Youth Action Plan was a project of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe which, between 2011 and 2019, supported the participation and inclusion of Roma youth across Europe.
Capacity-building and the development of competencies of young Roma, organisations and networks were a central part of the RYAP project and a way of supporting the autonomy and participation of Roma youth in areas of their concern. Issues of structural discrimination and antigypsyism were identified as main concerns of Roma youth as structural obstacles for access to their human rights.
The Youth for Democracy programme 2020-2021 prioritises support to youth organisations in promoting social inclusion, fostering active participation, gender equality and combating all forms of discrimination with an intersectional approach, including work with young Roma. The course RomaActiveYouth is the first of such activities.
The course will also connect with the Council of Europe’s Strategic Action Plan for Roma and Traveller Inclusion 2020-2025 with the work on Roma youth issues.
The training course is organised to develop the competences of 30 youth leaders to develop Roma youth participation projects and programmes at local and national level, with a concern for social inclusion, gender equality and combating antigypsyism.
The call is relaunched as the activity had to be postponed from May to November, and therefore only meant for new applicants – applicants who submitted their application for the previous deadline have been already notified.
The training course is prepared on the assumption that travel rules and sanitary conditions will allow for a residential training course at the European Youth Centre. The Council of Europe will adapt the course methodology and scope where appropriate and as a result of restrictions resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Deadline for applications: 20 September 2020