On 1st and 2nd February 2021, National Youth Congress has conducted a series of online trainings as a need to increase political education of 33 Albanian youngsters.
2021 marks an electoral year for the country and EU seems to be the keyword of every political agenda since Albania aspires to become a member country of the union.
Therefore, NYC considers relevant to inform youth about EU Dimension and increase information on European Union and the changes that the country is currently implementing. On 1-2 February they had a two days training on European Dimension including the history of the union, key facts and figures, institutions, main policies, strategies (EU Youth Strategy) and opportunities that EU offers for the youth.
In the first day youngsters had the possibility to brain storm, discuss and inform for EU in general while in the second day the focus was shift only to EU programs and opportunities for the youth.
In this occasion, in the second day we had two guest speakers: Ms. Elona Saraçi, representative of Erasmus+ office in Albania and Silvia Dervishi, project coordinator at Beyond Barriers Organization which is also a contact point for Erasmus+ programs in non-formal education. The guest speakers provided a more in depth insight on the opportunities for youth such as: Erasmus Mundus, European Solidarity Corps, Erasmus+, European Voluntary Service, Marie Curie Action, Horizon 2020 etc.
Participants were also introduced with selection criteria and application process. They had a vivid question and answer question session since a lot of participants were interested to apply in these kind of programs.
These trainings were organized by “National Youth Congress” form Albania implemented by the Center for Democracy Foundation in the framework of the project Regional Youth compact for Europe.
The project “Regional Youth Compact for Europe” is a three-year project implemented by Center for Democracy Foundation and 13 partners. The project is funded by the European Union and co-funded by Balkan Trust for Democracy.