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The project Inclusion of African Youth in Europe started last year as part of the celebrations for the 65 years anniversary of the Leiden University Africa Studies Centre. The project provided youth interested in the future of Africa an opportunity to learn more about the subject of African youth prospects in Europe and Africa through the medium of debate. The project was a success and greatly increased the participants' enthousiasm for debating as well as their knowledge of the subject.
This year, IDEA and the Africa Studies Centre are back with a new and revamped edition, focusing on the Inclusion of African Youth in Europe. Compared to last year, we have implemented a few changes, but the basic tenets are the same: participants learn how to debate in an After Summer School, and then put that skill into practice in a debate tournament covering different sides of the topic, before discussing the issue with leading experts and policy makers in a public debate.
The purpose of this program is to engage young people in a dialogue with policy-makers at the local, national, and international level, with politicians, experts and academics. Such dialogue can lead to tangible practical outcomes in terms of policy-making and community-building. The program includes two parts, taking part in Amsterdam and Leiden in November 2013. Join and share our Facebook event.
After Summer School
The first part of the program is the After Summer School. The participants of the program will take part in a training weekend in Amsterdam (15-17 November), where you will debate training and deepen your knowledge of the African youth in Europe. You will also follow a training delivered by Wim Bossema on writing a blog. The training weekend will be concluded with a debate where you will apply the skills and the knowledge you’ve gained.
For the second part of the program, the participants are invited to participate in a debate competition over the prospects of African youth in Leiden (19 November). This will be a British Parliament Debate Competition. The best debate teams will have the finals at November 20th, the International Children´s Rights Day, in the Child Right House (Kinderrechtenhuis) in Leiden.
Final Public Debate
The whole project will be closed with a final public debate that will take place on the International Children’s Rights Day in the Kinderrechtenhuis in Leiden. The final debate will provide opportunities to discuss the issues of African youth in Europe with representatives from the Africa Study Center, the NCDO, New Vision Solutions, policy makers/politicians and the public. This will lead to the creation of an agenda for action.
Extra this year:
- You will follow a workshop on blog writing by Wim Bossema, a Volkskrant journalist writing on Africa
- Each participant will receive a certificate with the logos of IDEA and the partners, which testifies that you have taken part in the program.
- The winners of the debate tournament will be invited to follow our Advocacy project where we create a longer lasting dialogue with policy makers/politicians and the participating youth.
- 12 people will be able to pursue a short course on blog-writing with Wim Bossema in a series of three workshops.
The Inclusion of African Youth in Europe project is made possible with funding from Youth in Action, a European Commission youth fund.