The 3rd European Youth Work Convention has just ended. 1000 participants from over 50 countries, 85 workshops and more than 30 hours of input and discussion! It presents a very exciting opportunity for us to really put youth work on the map. The Department of Children Equality Disability, Integration and Youth asked NYCI to lead the Irish delegation at the Convention and then help drive the implementation of the Declaration at national level.
To help you get up to speed on developments, here is a short briefing on the Convention and a copy of the Declaration that was drafted from all the inputs over the four days:
The 3rd European Youth Work Convention took place digitally between the 7th and 10th December 2020. Hosted by the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), it follows on from two previous Conventions in Belgium, in 2010 in Ghent and in 2015 in Brussels. Since then, the European Youth Work Conventions have been a major event for the youth work community of practice in Europe.
At the Convention, countries were represented by National Delegations. The Irish Delegation was comprised of representatives from the Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth (DCEDIY), Léargas, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Foróige, Youth Work Ireland, Tipperary ETB, Spun Out and Maynooth University.
About 1000 representatives of the youth work community of practice from 50 countries all over Europe came together at the Convention, including youth work stakeholders at local, regional, national, and European level. It involved youth workers and youth work organisations, trainers, ministries and civil servants responsible for youth and youth policy, researchers and educators of youth workers, European institutions and National Agencies for the European youth programmes, young people and youth representations. The general objectives of the expert congresses as a central platform for discussing the latest developments in youth work practice and youth policy have been to acquire new insights and transfer knowledge, enhance the visibility of youth work and its value, and promote joint action within the youth work community of practice. The 2nd EYWC identified a common ground of all youth work in Europe and called for a European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA).