Empowering NEETs across Europe: a peer learning approach

From 8 – 16 of July, we gathered in Slovenia for the second mobility of the project “Empowering NEETs across Europe: A peer learning approach”. This time KKS was the facilitator organization and they welcomed us in their region Ravne na Koroskem. Youth workers came together from Greece, Belgium, Spain, and Slovenia to create a toolkit with non-formal activities, that will empower NEETs in the democratic, economic, social, and digital field.


Sessions during the activity included:


• Peer learning: example of best practices: to exchange best practices on country-based initiatives, projects or activities.


• Development of non-formal learning activities for empowerment of NEETs.


• Co-design recommendations for youth organizations on the creation of organizational strategies for financial, social and democratic empowerment of their NEET youth groups.


During those seven working days, we managed to create many non-formal activities, and at the end of the training, a toolkit for youth workers came together with the best of them. More specifically: On the first day, each organization presented the economic statistics for Neet groups in their country (such as unemployment rates, economic independence, etc.). After the participants pointed out the challenges of each country, they discussed possible activities to give solutions and they had to prepare a detailed plan of how they are going to implement the chosen activity. This structure has been followed for democratic and social empowerment as well for the next few days. After the activities were prepared, all participants created four videos with the best practices of their country on digital, economic, social, and democratic empowerment, explaining what each section tries to achieve. The last two days youth workers focused on the toolkit, the design, the context, and the explanation of each activity and best practices of each country.

During those days the participants didn’t only work on the training topic. They had the chance to explore the beautiful city of Ravne, with the green fields, and the lakes. The KKS organization was very hospitable and they offered the best experience. At the end of this training, all the participants had gained new knowledge, had successfully created a useful toolkit and they explored a new, small, but beautiful city.