Thirty debaters and judges participated in the competition that was part of the Inclusion of African Youth in Europe on Tuesday the 19th of November. The competition provided the debaters with an opportunity to immediately put into practice the skills they learned during the After Summer School the weekend before.
Thirty-five participants from seventeen different countries participated in an After Summer Schools training on citizenship and debate in De Rode Hoed in Amsterdam. They included students, community workers, artists, and self-employed young people from the Netherlands and Belgium, most with African roots and many active in youth organisations. They were there to learn how to effectively communicate their ideas and ideals and become more effective advocats for the causes they support.
The exclusion of African youth in the Netherlands has become a burning issue. A recent Amnesty International report on ethnic profiling demonstrates that humiliating stop-and-search police practices apply predominantly to people of African and Northern African appearance. The Dutch National Ombudsman Alex Brenninkmeijer also warns of widespread discrimination and exclusion, and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that discrimination rates are highest against the Sub-Saharan and North African migrants.
Wageningen Debating and IDEA NL organised a meeting about the Inclusion of African youth in Europe. Members of the debating society, students in Development Studies and a number of youth with African backgrounds attended the training, keynote speech and discussion. It was the third preview debate for the IDEA NL project on this topic.
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The Leiden Debating Union and IDEA NL presented a second preview debate on the Inclusion of African Youth in Europe on the 30th of October in Leiden. Twelve young people with African roots or an interest in the topic participated in a training about debating, followed by a debate about inclusion and exclusion of African youth in employment and education.
IDEA NL and expat organisation the HUB Eindhoven organised a debate evening on the position of young Africans in Europe on the 18th of October. The activity was a preview for the larger November project Inclusion of African Youth in Europe. The participants discussed the ways in which they experienced discrimination and how these shape their daily lives.
Concerns about racism and intolerance in Dutch society have recently come to the fore. In a country in which one in five citizens is of foreign descent (i.e.
Are you interested in learning more about the position of African youth in Europe? Do you specialise in academic fields related to the subject, like economics, migration studies, sociology, political science or anthropology? Are you from an African background or do you regularly work with youth with that background?
Are you interested in learning more about the position of African youth in Europe? Do you specialise in academic fields related to the subject, like economics, migration studies, sociology, political science or anthropology? Are you from an African background or do you regularly work with youth with that background?Then the IDEA NL project "Inclusion of African Youth in Europe" is made for you!