The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe has opened a call for proposals to integrate activities within the 19th edition of the University on Youth and Development
The call is open for organisations and institutions operating at local, national, regional and international level for them to have space to run their own activities (training, seminar, working groups, etc...) within the UYD, a multilateral cooperation framework which encourages networking, peer education and sharing of knowledge and opportunities.
A common theme for 2018-2020: peace, justice and strong institutions
For the period 2018-2020, in an attempt to reinforce the sustainability and continuity of its work, the Network agreed on a three-year long cycle under an umbrella theme: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: “peace, justice and strong institutions”.
Each year the umbrella theme will be broken down into specific annual focuses which represent different but complementary elements of the broader overarching theme. The annual focuses of all the universities promoted by the Network in the same year are:
2018: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies.
2019: Access to justice for all.
2020: Build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions.
Application process for organizations
For the year 2018, all the activities organized within the UYD should be connected to the umbrella theme and should shave a focus on “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies”.
Any organization interested in proposing an activity for the UYD, should fill the activity proposal form after having carefully read the concept note and the call for activities.
The activity proposal form should be filled by 8 July 2018.
The University on Youth and Development (UYD) is an activity facilitated and coordinated by the NorthSouth Centre of the Council of Europe in partnership with the Spanish Institute for Youth (INJUVE), the European Youth Forum (YFJ), the Spanish Youth Council (CJE) and other international youth organisations and youth serving organisations. The UYD provides a platform where different organizations operating at local, national, regional and international level have a space to run their own activities with their own participants within a multilateral cooperation context which encourages networking, peer education and sharing of knowledge and opportunities. Since the year 2000, the UYD is a space to explore the concept of global development education and global citizenship, to encourage dialogue between decision makers and young people, to advocate for youth participation and to empower young people towards their rights and duties.
. Enhance youth cooperation, youth work and youth empowerment through peer-learning, networking and the exchange of good practices.
. Increase the mainstreaming of the youth-related issues through a bottom-up approach and a multilateral cooperation effort of a large number of youth stakeholders.
. Engage with young people in decision and policy making, building together recommendations on youth-related issues.
. Improve the capacity of youth organisations to contribute to the global agenda on youth participation being able to identify and address new challenges.
. Foster a structured dialogue among governments, parliaments, local and regional authorities’ representatives and youth organisations and youth leaders.
. Promote human rights, intercultural dialogue and democratic citizenship as essential dimensions of global development education.
The educational model implemented in the UYD is largely inspired by the Global Education Guidelines1 , systematized by the North-South Centre and based in non-formal education methodologies. It follows the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on Education for Global Interdependence and Solidarity2 .and aligns with the UN Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The UYD and the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship
The UYD is an international and multilateral youth event integrated in the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship; a partnership facilitated and coordinated by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC). The Network was informally set up in 2011 as a platform aiming at the promotion of dialogue and cooperation on youth-related issues at regional, multilateral and global level. The Network encourages the definition of a common agenda and the implementation of common actions to foster democratic participation and global citizenship among young people, contributing to spread of universal principles, values and standards of the Council of Europe and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Network advocates for youth participation, provides space for youth empowerment and offers nonformal education capacity building activities for youth, generating policies, practices, mechanisms, tools and services and for youth development, in order to make young people recognized as global actors. Every year the Network promotes, besides the University on Youth and Development (UYD), the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship which took place 7-11 May 2018 in Tunis (Tunisia)
Every year the Network agrees on a thematic annual overarching priority according to a strategic understanding of the youth global agenda. The thematic annual priority represents the thread that connects all the activities taking place in the framework of the universities of the same year. For the period 2018-2020 the Network agreed for a three-year cycle under an umbrella theme: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 16: “peace, justice and strong institutions”. However, each year the main theme will be broken down into specific annual focuses which represent different but complementary elements of the broader umbrella theme The annual focuses are: 2018: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies. 1 : Access to justice for all. 2020: Build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions. Please see the concept note “Network of universities on youth and global citizenship 2018-2020” to explore in detail the three-year umbrella theme and the 2018 annual focus.
The structure and the programme of the UYD
The UYD will take place from the 9 (arrivals day) to the 15 (departures day) September 2018. During this week different organisations will develop their own activities within a common pedagogical framework: the Joint Programme. The annual theme nurtures the Joint Programme of each University. The Joint Programme gives the opportunity to all the partners and participant youth-led organizations and institutions to reflect and interact around the annual common topic while running its own activities. The “Joint Programme” is developed by the Joint Pedagogical Team, selected by the North-South Centre after consulting the partners of the Network participating in this activity. The Team is composed by a professional team of experienced trainers, mastering non-formal education methodology and with multifaceted creative competences which guarantee a pedagogical approach on global education for a fruitful intercultural learning experience. The Team should also be able to work transversally through all the activities taking place within the University and engage with all participants.
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