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2001

National youth policy review of Romania

International review of national youth policy

Romania is undergoing a complex transformation period which is of great interest to the study of societies in transition as an example of the processes under way in eastern Europe. The relevance of the Romanian case study is also linked with the country’s location on the centuries-old frontier between the West and the East. Hence the paradigmatic sociological interest of some of the options facing youth policy development in Romania, such as the choice between facilitation or interventionist policy. Young democracies wishing to establish new institutions, modernise their economies and promote social welfare face difficult decisions. Unlike the decisions taken during the transition process, in a context of general consensus as to the need to do away with the previous autocratic system, the decisions to be taken during consolidation should have a lasting and significant effect on the future – starting with the future of young people.

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National youth policy review of Estonia

International review of national youth policy

Two major factors frame contemporary Estonian youth policy: the traditional importance of education and educational values and the need to manage the useful but expensive national educational and leisure institutions inherited from the country’s communist past. However, within the last few years a set of structures and measures for broadening the scope of national youth policy have been conceived. Huge tasks lie ahead, particularly concerning the dilemma of ethnicity and citizenship, and the division of labour in the youth policy field between the state, regional and municipal levels. Analysing critically the successes and difficulties of a country in transition, this publication contributes to the European debate on the principles, content and standards for modern youth policy.

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2002

National youth policy review of Luxembourg

International review of national youth policy

This report is part of a series of international reviews of national youth policies carried out by the Council of Europe in collaboration and consultation with government agencies and ministries responsible for the development and implementation of youth policy, as well as with nongovernmental youth organisations. An international review group has been given the responsibility of preparing a commentary on youth policy in Luxembourg. This study outlines its strengths and weaknesses, drawing where appropriate upon broader international evidence and debate.

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The Council of Europe and Youth

Thirty years of experience (2002)

The Council of Europe has pioneered European youth policy. On the one hand, the need to provide young people with a really creative place for participation in society was recognised and on the other, there was an awareness that the new stages in the building of Europe required not only governments but society at large to participate. From the outset, participation has been central to the Council's youth policy: "working for and with young people".

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Supporting young people in Europe

Principles, Policy and Practice (2002) volume 1

This report has endeavoured to draw out both the strategic issues and the operational challenges for effective youth policy. Based on both the national and international reports arising from seven countries accross Europe (Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, Romania, Estonia, Luxembourg), it has sought to highlight both common themes and significant differences in thinking and approach.

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Exploring the European youth mosaic See original image

The social situation of young people in Europe (2002)

This report is an overview of the social situation of young people in Europe. It includes all states parties to the European Cultural Convention, and thus takes a global view. Key themes are education, training and employement, family life and living arrangements, and social and political participation.

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Can youth make a difference?

See original image Youth policy facing diversity and change (2002)

This book explores the current variety of youth life-styles and elaborates on their implications for youth policy and youth work. For example, how should youth policies respond to the increasing heterogeneity of youth cultures and sub-cultures? How are current models of youth participation to be developed? And how should policies reflect young people's interest in their artistic, cultural and cyber world?

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2003

Youth work with boys and young men

as a means of preventing violence in everyday life

Young men and boys are increasingly exposed to violent situations in their daily lives, as a result of peer-group competitiveness and society's views of success, which are based solely on physical and economic considerations. Combating violence against girls and young women is already one of the most pressing human rights issues across Europe. However, while young boys and men frequently figure as actual or potential perpetrators of violence, their roles as victims or advocates of non-violence is often neglected. Measures to combat violence have to be gender specific and involve both sexes in order to be effective.

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National youth policy review of Lithuania

International review of national youth policy

This report is part of a series of international reviews of national youth policies carried out by the Council of Europe in collaboration and consultation with government agencies and ministries responsible for the development and implementation of youth policy, as well as with non-governmental youth organisations. An international review group has been given the responsibility of preparing a commentary on youth policy in Luxembourg. This study outlines its strengths and weaknesses, drawing where appropriate upon broader international evidence and debate.

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2004

National youth policy review of Norway

International review of national youth policy

This publication is part of a series of reviews of national youth policies carried out by the Council of Europe in collaboration with researchers, non-governmental youth organisations and governmental agencies responsible for the development and implementation of youth policy. Norway, considered as one of the leading countries in Europe with regard to the level of development of its policy on youth and children, offered to be a candidate for the international review in order to use the critical insight from the group of external experts to maintain its high standards and further develop its ambitions in the area of social equality.

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Young People and Violence Prevention

Youth Policy Recommendations - edited by Gavan Titley

Violence is a serious issue in the lives of many young people, and various types of violence inflict crushing damage on their well-being, integrity and life possibilities. In Europe today, many young people are active in placing violence prevention at the heart of human rights advocacy. This brochure discusses and presents policy recommendations that can support the work of young people, public authorities and non-governmental organisations in violence prevention and in dealing with the consequences of violence and they emphasise the key role that young people can and do play as protagonists of violence prevention.

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Making a difference with minority youth in Europe

Evaluation and impact study by Vaida Jasiukaityte

An evaluation and impact study of the Long term training course ''Participation and Citizenship on empowerment of minority youth leaders'' that run for five years between 1997 and 2001. During these five years, the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe has carried out a long-term training course with the aim to empower minority youth leaders and enhance their participation at local and national level.This is a summary of the evaluation of the course and of the impact achieved on participants, the minority young people and the communities in which they were active.

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Learning from violence

The youth dimension (2004)

How to learn from violence in everyday life?In this publication, researchers from widely differing backgrounds analyse the root causes of violence from different perspectives and attempt to discover precisely how violence plays a role in the lives of young people, whether they be victims or perpetrators. The articles collected here are contributions to a seminar organised in the context of the Council of Europe's integrated project "Responses to violence in everyday live in a democratic society".

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DOmino

A manual to use peer group education as a means to  fight racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and intolerance, 3rd edition (2005)

DOmino tries to give some assistance to those working or planning to work with young people on peer group education projects. The different sections of DOmino contain some theoretical background on peer group education as well as different project descriptions, methods, quotes and stories from young people. DOmino is the result of different youth work practices in several European countries, both in the formal and informal educational sector.

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2005

National youth policy review of Malta

International review of national youth policy

This publication is part of a series of reviews of national youth policies carried out by the Council of Europe in collaboration with researchers, non-governmental youth organisations and governmental agencies responsible for the development and implementation of youth policy. It attempts to evaluate youth policy resources, youth legislation and programmes promoted by the Maltese Government against the background of the present political, economic and social context in the country and in view of the need to revise, from a European perspective, the concept of youth policy itself.

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The Region I love - Voices of young people from the Balkans

Youth and intercultural learning in the Balkans

This publication is for all of those people who live and work in the Region, and who are interested in the Balkans, whether they be youth leaders, or representatives of public authorities or institutions. This booklet aims to be a tool to contribute to a better understanding within the Region, of the Region, for all youth leaders, youth workers who would like to further develop activities in the Balkans. It is one tool among many for all those people who think of the Balkans as “a Region they love”, a sentiment shared by all of the authors, and, we hope, by all who read it.

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Islamophobia and its consequences on Young People

Seminar report by Ingrid Ramberg

Islamophobia can be defined as the fear of or prejudiced viewpoint towards Islam, Muslims and matters pertaining to them. Whether it takes the shape of daily forms of racism and discrimination or more violent forms, Islamophobia is a violation of human rights and a threat to social cohesion. Young people are of course not immune to this. At this seminar (2004), Islamophobia was discussed within the wider context of racism and discrimination in Europe, in new and old forms. The report provides a documentation of the presentations, workshops and debates and includes a series of policy recommendations aimed at preventing Islamophobia and fostering intercultural respect and co-operation.

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How big is your world?

Europe, Youth and Globalisation. An anthology (2005)

This publication brings together the contents of the discussions which took place during a large-scale youth event in Strasbourg in 2004 on the themes of Europe, youth and globalisation under the slogan "How big is your world?", which brought together nearly 400 young people, experts, personalities and policy makers from all over the world. Whether in large-panel discussions or small-scale working groups, the participants of the event reaffirmed the importance of young people taking an active role in the struggle to humanise global processes and to become empowered actors of a more equitable and just process of globalisation.

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Don't judge a book by its cover!

The living Library Organiser's Guide (2005)

The Books in the Living Library are people representing groups frequently confronted with prejudices and stereotypes, and who are often victims of discrimination or social exclusion. In this library, Books cannot only speak, but they are able to reply to the readers' questions, and the Books can even ask questions and learn themselves. The Living Library methodology is part of the Council of Europe's youth programme on human rights education.

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2006

Young people at the Heart of Europe

A decade of the European Youth Centre Budapest (2006)

This book contains the contributions of numerous Europeans. All of them have at least one thing in common: in their political or professional functions, in their work or in their voluntary commitment to civil society, present or past, they have come into contact with the European Youth Centre Budapest of the Council of Europe. Their individual memories, wishes and experiences present the numerous parts of a complex puzzle, which together give a colourful and vivid picture of what made and makes the European Youth Centre Budapest.

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European framework for youth policy

The development of a European framework for youth policy is an initiative of the European Steering Committee for Youth (CDEJ), the intergovernmental body of the Council of Europe’s youth sector. It aims to provide policy makers in the 48 States Parties to the European Cultural Convention of the Council of Europe with guidelines for the formulation and implementation of their youth policy. This framework has been prepared by Mr Siurala, then Director of Youth in the City of Helsinki (Finland) and former Director of Youth and Sport in the Council of Europe, on the basis of the results of the work carried out by a group of experts designated by the CDEJ.

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Committed to making a difference

Racism, antisemitism, xenophobia, and intolerance and their impact on young people in Europe

In October 2005, the European Youth Centres in Budapest and Strasbourg organised a symposium under the headline ''all different-all equal'' to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Youth Campaign against racism, antisemitism, xenophobia and intolerance by marking its continuation and restart.

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2007

National youth policy review of the Slovak Republic

International review of national youth policy

The international review process was established to fulfil three distinct objectives: 1. to advise on national youth policy; 2.to identify components which might combine to form a harmonised approach to youth policy across Europe; and 3.to contribute to a learning process in relation to the development and implementation of youth policy. This report includes information gathered by the international review team as well as its analyses and recommendations concerning the development, perspectives and challenges for the future of youth policy in the Slovak Republic.

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National youth policy review of Cyprus

International review of national youth policy

The international review process was established to fulfil three distinct objectives: 1. to advise on national youth policy; 2. to identify components which might combine to form a harmonised approach to youth policy across Europe; and 3. to contribute to a learning process in relation to the development and implementation of youth policy. Cyprus is the second Mediterranean country to be the focus of an international review and the eleventh in the series. This report includes information gathered by the international review team as well as its analyses and recommendations concerning the development, perspectives and challenges for the future of youth policy in Cyprus.

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Interreligious and intercultural dialogue in youth work

Symposium report

Intercultural dialogue is one of the key missions of the Council of Europe, along with fostering democracy, human rights and the rule of law.Young people are crucial actors in that process. The Symposium focused on the problems young people across Europe face in relation to cultural and religious diversity. The participants exchanged good practice in youth work and agreed on a Declaration that sets out the main purpose and objectives in intercultural interreligious from a youth perspective. The event was part of the ‘All Different – All Equal’ European youth campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation, run by the Council of Europe in 2006-2007.

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Gender Matters

A manual on addressing gender-based violence affecting young people (2007)

Gender Matters is a manual aimed to assist educators' and youth leaders' work on issues of gender and gender-based violence with young people. This publication presents theoretical information, methods, and resources for education and training activities, along with concrete exercises that users can put into practice in their daily work. Gender-based violence, including violence against women, remains a key human rights challenge in contemporary Europe and in the world.

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Diversity Youth Forum report

The Diversity Youth Forum was organised at the European Youth Centre in Budapest from 24 to 29 October 2006, within the framework of the 'All Different - All Equal' European youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights and Participation.

It was decided by the European Steering Group of the campaign, with the purpose "to bring together, motivate and galvanise young people representing the diversity of minorities and majorities across Europe". The forum identified key issues and objectives related to diversity, human rights and participation from the point of view of young people.

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2008

National youth policy review of Latvia

International review of national youth policy

This international review of the national youth policy in Latvia aims to fulfil three distinct objectives: 1.  to advise on national youth policy; 2.  to identify components which might combine to form a harmonised approach to youth policy across Europe; and 3.  to contribute to a learning process in relation to the development and implementation of youth policy. This report goes from the historical background through to the present day and includes information gathered by the international review team as well as its analyses and recommendations concerning the development, perspectives and challenges for the future of youth policy in Latvia.

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National youth policy review of Hungary

International review of national youth policy

This international review of Hungarian national youth policy aims to fulfil three distinct objectives: 1. to advise on national youth policy; 2. to identify components which might combine to form a harmonised approach to youth policy across Europe; and 3. to contribute to a learning process in relation to the development and implementation of youth policy. This review benefits from ten years of experience and contributes to the European exchange of information on youth policies. This report includes information gathered by the international review team as well as its analyses and recommendations concerning the development, perspectives and challenges for the future of youth policy in Hungary.

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Supporting young people in Europe

Lessons from the ‘second seven’ Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy - volume 2

Vol. 2 develops the framework that was initially established based on reviews of national youth policy conducted between 1997-2001. Moreover, it further refines the process by which international reviews are carried out, in order to improve the experience of participating in review teams and the quality of the international reports.

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Raising young refugees’ voices in Europe and beyond

Seminar report edited by Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja

Young refugees and asylum seekers represent a group of displaced youth with specific needs and assets. This report conveys the main points of a training seminar that brought together young forcibly displaced persons and other young people working in their favour. The participants in the seminar believe that all young people need to participate in building Europe, that social cohesion implies the inclusion of marginalised, minority youth and that nobody can talk about young refugees' needs better than themselves. The report presents the most important reflections and recommendations formulated by the participants, it is a collection of testimonies from young people who have experienced various situations as young refugees in Europe.

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Intercultural Learning in European Youth Work: Which Ways Forward?

Seminar report by Ingrid Ramberg, including:
The Role of Intercultural Learning in European Youth Work. Ten theses - Yesterday and Today, by Hendrik Otten;
'Plastic Political and Contingent': Culture and Intercultural Learning in Directorate of Youth and Sport Activities, by Gavan Titley.

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All different - All equal: Cookbook

From starters to desserts, you will find a selection of the 365 projects promoting peace, understanding and co-operation, undertaken as part of the Council of Europe Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights, and Participation during 2006 and 2007. The book provides information  on how the projects were designed. You are also invited to discover various "spices" – that is, creative methods and innovative approaches used during the activities.

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Eggs in a pan

Youth work: Speeches, Writings and Reflections by Peter Lauritzen (2008)

"Eggs in a pan" is an exceptional journey through several decades of social and political development in Europe, as seen through the eyes of Peter Lauritzen, a sensitive communicator, and well-informed analyst. In this collection of his written production, he reflects on a wide range of themes relevant to youth policy, youth work, and youth research. This collection of Peter Lauritzen's work brings together writings, interviews, and speeches from all stages of his professional career as an international civil servant at the Council of Europe, as well as from his activity in the youth and adult education fields from before he joined the institution in 1972.

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Compasito

 Manual on human rights education for children (2008) 

Compasito is a starting point for educators, teachers and trainers who are ready to deal with human rights education with children of 7-13 years. The book familiarises the reader with the key concepts of human rights and children's rights and provides substantial theoretical background to 13 key human rights issues, such as democracy, citizenship, gender equality, environment, media, poverty, and violence.

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Companion

A campaign guide about education and learning for change in Diversity, Human Rights and Participation

This guide has been produced under the Council of Europe's Youth Campaign for Diversity, Human Rights, and Participation "All Different - All Equal". The campaign provides an essential stimulus for common action to promote diversity, participation, and human rights. It seeks to bring attention both to the issues themselves and the methods used to address them. It is intended to support campaigners, activists and educators to advocate and educate to reach these goals. The guide builds on the approaches and methodologies of Compass - the manual on human rights education for young people.

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2009

National youth policy review of Armenia

International review of national youth policy

This international review of national youth policy in Armenia aims to fulfil three distinct objectives: 1. to advise on national youth policy; 2. to identify components which might combine to form a harmonised approach to “youth policy” across Europe; and 3. to contribute to a learning process in relation to the development and implementation of youth policy. This review proved especially challenging, as Armenia is the first CIS country to seek such a youth policy review. This report presents information collected by the international review team, along with its analyses and recommendations concerning the development, perspectives and challenges for the future of youth policy in Armenia.

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Manual for facilitators in non-formal education

(2009)

The manual provides essential information and practical tips for all who are involved in planning and delivering non-formal education intercultural activities on an occasional basis. This manual is part of the endeavour of the Council of Europe's youth sector to support and develop the quality of non-formal education activities across Europe and, in doing so, contribute to further their recognition.

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Encompassing Human Rights Education

Review of the Human Rights Education Youth Programme 2000 - 2008

In 2000, the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe launched a Human Rights Education Youth Programme with the aim of "bringing human rights education into the mainstream of youth work and youth policy". This publication is a review of the main activities and achievements of this programme. The review is a contribution to the Forum on Human Rights Education 'Living , Learning, Acting for Human Rights' (European Youth Centre Budapest, October 2009) on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Council of Europe.

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2010

National youth policy review of Moldova

International review of national youth policy

The review of the national Youth policy in Moldova has been enriched by the experience gained from the previous reviews in Europe and one in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Armenia). The report is based on a cross-sectoral understanding of youth policy. It focuses on youth policy structures, education (formal and especially non-formal), transition to the labour market and entrepreneurship. There are overviews of policy related to social security, juvenile justice and sport. Particular attention has been paid to questions such as migration, urban-rural divisions and the Transnistria issue. There is also a chapter dedicated to cross-cutting issues, including youth information, youth participation and social exclusion.

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Youth information starter kit

The Youth information Starter Kit was developed in partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). It will give a first insight in what Youth Information is, the underlying working principles and missions, how to start creating Youth Information Services and some practical information on what the different European structures have to offer to those who want to step into the world of Youth Information.

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National Youth Policy review of Albania

International review of national youth policy

The report focuses on three issues identified by the Albanian government: the law, delivery mechanisms and youth participation, and three issues identified as important by the review team itself: youth information, leisure-time activities and youth crime and justice. While reviewing the youth policy in Albania with special attention to theses issues, the international team came across a number of specific or cross-sectoral subjects (education, health, minorities, etc.) which helped depict a broad picture of the situation of young people in the country. Recommendations made by the international team, cover not only government action, but address steps to be taken by those who take part, at all levels, in the shaping of youth policy in Albania.

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Living, Learning, Acting for Human Rights

Report of the Forum on Human Rights Education with Young People

The Council of Europe has placed human rights education at the core of its work with and by young people. This endeavour has become more visible and consistent since the publication of the Compass manual and its very numerous translation. This success has been made possible only by the commitment and motivation of many youth workers and young people who, alongside youth policy and human rights experts, have secured the necessary implication and a strong multiplying effect at national and local levels, without which European youth policy approaches make little sense.

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Asia-Europe Training Course on Environmental Human Rights

A Present And Future Challenge For Youth Work

The Asia-Europe Training Courses are intercultural learning instruments of non-formal education that focus on personal and professional development of young people from Asia and Europe and on capacity building of youth organisations in both regions. By organising this training course, the Council of Europe and the Asia-Europe Foundation re-affirm their commitment to support global youth co-operation and solidarity. This publication reports on the 2010 Asia-Europe Training Course on Environmental Human Rights. Hosted by the International Workcamp Organization of Korea, 29 young people from Asia and Europe explored the role and contribution of youth work and non-formal education in developing environmental human rights education in the two regions.

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2011

The right to be young

Roma Youth Conference Report

The conference was designed as a multi-stakeholder and non-formal intercultural learning situation, where participants exchanged their experiences and built upon previous results to identify current challenges for young Roma and key areas for European youth work and youth policy in relation to the specific situation of young Roma. This report includes the main outcomes of the conference, and provides reflections related to the context of the conference, with emphasis on the political European framework and the situation of Roma youth in Europe.

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2012

Youth Peace Camp 2012

The Youth Peace Camps were initiated by the Council of Europe in 2003 to bring together young people from conflict regions and to support them in initiating dialogue and cooperation. The participants follow an experiential learning process and acquire competences in the fields of intercultural learning, dialogue and conflict transformation within a human rights framework. In 2012 the Youth Peace Camp was attended by young people from the Caucasus, the Balkans and the Middle East who gained a positive experience of living and working together.

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Starting points for combating hate speech online

 NO HATE SPEECH MOVEMENT (2012)

The Council of Europe’s Youth Department commissioned three “mapping” studies about the realities of hate speech and young people and projects and campaigns about it. These studies are published here as a resource for the activists, youth leaders, researchers, partners and decision makers associated to the project and the online campaign. They are truly starting points: more research is needed, both on the legal and policy implications of hate speech online as on its impact and relation with young people.

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Compendium of Council of Europe approaches to key youth policy and youth work issues

Compendium of Council of Europe celebrates the 40th anniversary of  the  Council  of  Europe’s  first  European  Youth Centre and the European Youth Foundation – both created in 1972. It approaches key youth policy and youth work issues: Youth policy - Human rights education - Intercultural learning - Youth information - Youth participation - Non-formal education.

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2013

National youth policy review of Ukraine

International review of national youth policy

Ukraine is the 19th country to have its youth policy reviewed by the Council of Europe’s international review team. The review argues for the establishment of a more open development model for youth policy in Ukraine, supported by a clear strategic vision and the strengthening of its commitment to local capacity and autonomy in shaping relevant programmes and projects. In particular, it also advocates  the promotion of more diverse methodologies in the implementation of youth policy, based on non-formal learning and skills-development principles.

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National youth policy review of Belgium

International review of national youth policy

This report is part of a series of international reviews of national youth policies carried out by the Council of Europe in collaboration and consultation with government agencies and ministries responsible for the development and implementation of youth policy, as well as with non-governmental youth organisations. The reviews are carried out by an international team which outlines the strengths and challenges of the countries’ youth policies in a constructive manner, drawing where appropriate upon broader international evidence and debate. The international review of national youth policy in Belgium is the 18th such review to be conducted by the Council of Europe.

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Young persons and the case-law of the ECHR and the ESC

Young persons and the case-law of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Social Charter

Meant as a first case-law compilation of important decisions involving young people, from the European Court on Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights, this publication is a contribution to the ongoing evidence-based policy debate on how young people’s access to rights can be improved. Published on the initiative of the Advisory Council on Youth, this document presents an open invitation to researchers and policy actors at the national and European level, governments and NGOs, to consider how the European human rights instruments can be further strengthened to ensure that every person in Europe can enjoy their fundamental rights.

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2014

Youth Peace Camp 2014

Talking about conflict without talking about the conflict

The Youth Peace Camp aims to engage with young people and leaders in youth organisations from conflict stricken regions by providing them a positive experience in living and learning together. The camp’s programme develops their competences for dialogue and conflict transformation activities based on human rights education and intercultural learning and motivates them to act as multipliers for peace in their communities and organisations..

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Right to Remember

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide (2014)

A Handbook for Education with Young People on the Roma Genocide -The publication is a self-contained educational resource for all those wishing to promote deeper awareness of the Roma Genocide and combat discrimination. Right to Remember includes educational activities, as well as ideas for commemoration events, and information about the Genocide and its relevance to the situation of the Roma people today. The second edition of the publication published in 2017 incorporates changes mainly into the introductory part of the handbook.

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Youth Partnership Publications

Publications on the history of the youth sector, which emerged as a result of the Partnership between the Council of Europe and the European Commission in the field of youth encompass the following:

  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 1. Relevance for today's youth work policy (2009)
  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 2. Relevance for today's youth work policy (2010)
  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 3 (2012)
  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 4 (2014)
  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 5 (2016)
  • The history of youth work in Europe, vol. 6 (2018)

Barabaripen

Young Roma speak about multiple discrimination (2014)

Barabaripen includes life stories of nine young Roma affected by multiple discrimination across Europe and an analysis of the mechanisms of discrimination and the strategies that young people use in order to tackle it. Barabaripen is also an awareness-raising and educational tool; it includes proposals for educational activities with young people using the life stories and background materials.

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2015

National youth policy review of Greece

International review of national youth policy

Greece is the 20th country to have had its youth policy reviewed by an international review team appointed by the Council of Europe. This international review focused on two aspects of youth transitions: the transition from the education system to the labour market; and the related issue of military service and conscription, which is an integral part of life for young men in Greece. The review team advocates the establishment of more creative and innovative mechanisms to free the entrepreneurial and participative spirit not only of young people in Greece, but also of its regional and local administrations, youth organisations and local youth councils.

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Young people’s access to rights through youth information and counselling

Toolkit on how to inform young people about their rights (2015)

This toolkit was developed in partnership with the European Youth Information and Counselling Agency (ERYICA). It primarily intends to assist youth information workers working directly with young people, but it can also be used in other non-formal activities, as it offers many sources of information and inspiration on how to inform young people about their rights in an appealing way. Because only a combination of information and practical experience can ensure that human rights and youth issues will be understood in their totality, at the end of the publication you will find a list of practical activities to help young people understand human rights better.

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Mirrors

Manual on combating antigypsyism through human rights education (2015)

This manual was produced within the Roma Youth Action Plan of the Council of Europe to provide teachers, trainers and facilitators of non-formal education processes with essential information and methodological tools to address antigypsyism with young people of all ages and in any social-cultural setting. It is equally suitable for work with groups of non-Roma, Roma only, or mixed groups.

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Have your say!

Manual on the Revised European Charter on the Participation of Young People in Local and Regional Life (New Edition) (2015)

Participation is a fundamental human right recognised, among others, in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Participation is also a core principle of human rights and is a condition for effective democratic citizenship for all people. The manual “Have your say!” was produced to support local and regional authorities, youth organisations and young people who want to give young people a real say for a meaningful democratic youth participation.

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ENTER! Access to Social Rights for Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods

Project Report 2009-2012 - 2nd Edition 2015

Enter! is an inter-sectorial project of the youth sector of the Council of Europe aiming to develop youth work and youth policy responses to exclusion, discrimination and violence affecting young people in multicultural disadvantaged neighbourhoods. The report collects and capitalises the experiences and learning outcomes of the Enter! project 2009-2012. It represents the most relevant learning points from the various project activities, reflections around the impact and value of youth work in improving the access to social rights for young people and recommendations for the future of the Enter! project in the coming years.

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Compendium of national youth information and counselling structures

in collaboration with ERYICA (2015)

This unique compendium traces the history of Youth Information Centre (YIC) services across the continent, describes in detail the vital role YIC services play and offers guidance and advice for those countries wishing to expand, improve or establish their own structures. In an age when mass online communication can often be overwhelming and confusing, the compendium provides a valuable single reference for those interested in and working hard for a bright future for Europe’s younger citizens.

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Compass

A manual on Human Rights Education with Young People (2015)

 COMPASS provides youth leaders, teachers, and facilitators of human rights education activities, whether professionals or volunteers, with concrete ideas and practical activities to engage, involve and motivate young people in living, learning and acting for human rights. It promotes a comprehensive perspective on human rights education and sees young people as actors for a culture of universal human rights.

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Access of Young People from Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods to Social Rights

Recommendation CM/Rec(2015)3 on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights

Social cohesion is important for the sustainability of democracy and human rights; it implies an acceptance of shared responsibility for the welfare of all members of society, especially those who are at risk of poverty or exclusion. In line with this, the youth policy of the Council of Europe aims at providing young people with “equal opportunities and experience which enable them to develop knowledge, skills and competencies to play a full part in all aspects of society”.

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2016

National youth policy review of Serbia

International review of national youth policy

In the late 2000s, Serbia impressed many in the youth field by creating almost the perfect storm in shaping its national youth strategy. Youth policy in Serbia, the 21st international review of national youth policy conducted by the Council of Europe youth department since 1997, considers the state of Serbian youth policy in 2014. It is a story both of impressive achievements and unfulfilled dreams – as politicians of all persuasions in many countries are prone to say about policy development, things have come a long way in a short time, but there is still a long way to go.

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Young people's access to rights

Recommendation CM/Rec(2016)7 adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 28 September 2016 and explanatory memorandum

Cover page of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation on Young People's Access to RightsThe recommendation aims to improve young people’s access to rights rather than to address the specific rights themselves. It focuses on improving access by taking steps to promote awareness among young people of the rights they should enjoy and what they can do if their rights are violated, and by removing legal, political and social barriers. It emphasises how important it is for member States to regularly monitor and respond to the infringement of rights and ensure adequate protection through legal provisions. The recommendation applies to all young people who, by virtue of their age, face barriers to the full enjoyment of their human rights and fundamental freedoms and to their active participation in society..

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Taking it seriously 

Taking it seriously The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted a Recommendation on the access of young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods to social rights, with proposals for policy measures to member states. This publication is a Guide to this recommendation, and aims to bring its content closer to policy makers, youth work practitioners, youth organisations and youth workers. The publication also offers advice and examples of actions to take and policies to develop so that the social rights of young people are taken seriously by all the actors concerned by social inclusion and social cohesion.

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Education pack

Ideas, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults  (Revised in 2016)

The authors of Education Pack aimed to provide practical and theoretical materials which can be used by educators, trainers, youth workers and teachers in informal education, to facilitate the learning process and knowledge of young people of their environment.

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BOOKMARKS

A manual for combating hate speech online through human rights education (2016)

Bookmarks is published to support the No Hate Speech Movement youth campaign of the Council of Europe for human rights online. It is useful for educators wanting to address hate speech online, both inside and outside the formal education system, as it gathers activities designed for young people aged 13 to 18; however, they are adaptable to other age ranges.

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2017

Youth Work

Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)4 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on youth work and explanatory memorandum

This recommendation applies to youth work in all its diversity. It aims to encourage member States to develop their youth work policy and practice within their sphere of competence and invites them to adopt a range of measures that will strengthen the necessary support for youth work at local, regional, national and European levels.

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WE CAN!

Taking action against Hate Speech through Counter and Alternative Narratives

We canThis manual presents communicative and educational approaches and tools for youth and other human rights activists to develop their own counter and alternative narratives to hate speech.

It is designed for working with young people from the age of 13. Based on the principles of human rights education and youth participation, We CAN! complements the manual Bookmarks.

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Supporting Young People in Europe - Volume III

Looking to the future - Substantive issues, methodological lessons, support measures and youth policy standards: a reflection on the “third seven” Council of Europe international reviews of national youth policy by Howard Williamson

The Council of Europe’s 21 international reviews of national youth policy have, over 20 years, produced a significant body of knowledge and a respected, innovative methodology. They have considerably enhanced the understanding and the development of “youth policy” throughout Europe. [...] This book, the third concerned with supporting young people in Europe, is a synthesis of the last seven international reviews, coupled with an overview of the learning that has accrued from all 21 international reviews. It draws together some of the conclusions and challenges that have emerged over two decades and considers some lessons for the future, not least alternative models of engagement in the youth field between the Council of Europe and its member states.

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New and innovative forms of youth participation in decision-making processes

Study by Ann Crowley and Dan Moxon (2017)

This study of new and innovative forms of youth participation was commissioned by the Council of Europe’s Youth Department. The study focuses on young people’s participation in decision-making processes at national, regional and local levels. The findings and recommendations in the study are intended to inform the Council of Europe youth sector’s future work in this field and its strategic objectives to support young people’s (positive) attitude to influence decisions in democratic processes and increase their involvement in the development of inclusive and peaceful societies.

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Implementation of national youth policy

Training modules for national and municipal civil servants (2017)

The overall aim of the training module is to familiarise civil servants responsible for the implementation of National Youth Policy in any member state of the Council of Europe with its provisions, mechanisms and instruments and to support their capacity for its effective implementation in partnership with young people and youth organisations.

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European Youth Foundation annual report 2016

This document gives an overview of the projects and activities of non-governmental youth organisations supported by the European Youth Foundation (EYF) in 2016, and reports on the other activities of the EYF during the year. Since its creation, the EYF has constantly sought to improve its working methods in order to better meet the needs of its partners. The EYF is more than just a donor. It offers financial and educational support to youth NGOs, emphasizing the content and methodology of the projects

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Countering Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalisation

Countering Violent Extremism and Youth Radicalisation: Using the European Youth Card to Promote Peaceful Communities

The Partial Agreement on Youth Mobility through the Youth Card brings together Council of Europe member states and member organisations of the European Youth Card Association, who have since been working together to develop better mobility solutions and better youth policies for young people in Europe. The youth card goes beyond delivering services and discounts; it plays a significant role as a tool for social inclusion and participation and fosters a sense of belonging to a community.

 Report of the seminar in English

2018

The Council of Europe and Youth Policy

The Council of Europe and Youth PolicySupport, assistance and resources for youth policy development in Member States

This brochure is directed at representatives of national authorities responsible for youth interested in the standard setting work of the Council of Europe Youth Sector in the field of youth policy. In it, readers can find information about the engagement of the Council of Europe in this sector, including its key principles, such as co-management, which fosters youth participation in decision making, as well as about the Council of Europe’s main activities in the area of youth policy. Furthermore, readers can find out more about the package of support measures offered to governments interested in developing and/or evaluating their youth policies, in part or in their entirety, in view of international, specifically Council of Europe, standards and about how to engage with those.

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What Can Youth Work do for Access to Social Rights?

Impact and lessons learned from the ENTER! project on access to social rights for young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods (2009-2015)

The Council of Europe has introduced the Enter! project in 2009 to mobilise youth work responses to violence, exclusion and discrimination aecting young people in Europe, especially in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. This study highlights the impact of the project and analyses the results achieved in four main areas: educational impact; policy impact; impact on access to social rights of young people and the impact on communities of young people. In praise of the value of youth work for human (social) rights, the study provides also inspirational examples of action, with testimonies from youth workers and youth policy actors active on issues of access to social rights.

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The self-assessment tool for youth policy aims to help member states and other public stakeholders at various levels (local, regional, national, international) to self-assess their compliance with Council of Europe standards, based on the six areas of intervention (participation, information, inclusion, access to rights, youth work and mobility) which are the foundation for the Council of Europe’s youth policy. All member states are encouraged to use and disseminate the tool.

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Is this it?

Report of the Evaluation Conference of the no Hate Speech Movement Youth campaign

This report provides an overview of the Evaluation and Closing Conference of the No Hate Speech Movement Youth Campaign. It is structured around the key elements of the Conference: evaluating the Campaign; exploring human rights concerns with regards to hate speech in Europe today and sharing the responses developed within the Campaign framework to address them; envisioning the future of the Movement.

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European Youth Foundation annual report 2017

This document gives an overview of the projects and activities of non-governmental youth organisations supported by the European Youth Foundation (EYF) in 2017, and reports on the other activities of the EYF during the year. Since its creation, the EYF has constantly sought to improve its working methods in order to better meet the needs of its partners. The EYF is more than just a donor. It offers financial and educational support to youth NGOs, emphasizing the content and methodology of the projects

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