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COMECE presents recommendations for a more inclusive EU Youth & Education Programmes

COMECE presented its recommendation paper on “Inclusive Youth and Education Programme” during a working lunch held in Brussels on Wednesday 4 March 2020 and organized by the COMECE’S Youth Platform member, Don Bosco Youth-Net, together with Caritas Germany and the Bavarian Youth Council.

(Credit: COMECE)

On the occasion of the ongoing negotiations on Erasmus and the European Solidarity Corp (2021-2027), the document provides technical recommendations to the EU on how to better involve youths with fewer opportunities (e.g. young people from poor families, with migration background, experiencing disabilities) in EU’s most known education and exchange programs.

In particular, the paper elaborated by COMECE and its partners, recommends to:
involve persons with fewer opportunities and special needs and civil society organisations in program planning, implementation and evaluation;
directly address target groups experiencing disadvantage and discrimination through accessible language and accessible documents;
Ensure awareness among evaluators and decision-makers about the special needs of disadvantaged groups.

Already in 2019 COMECE published a paper suggesting the EU to simplify the application processes for Erasmus funding.

The event saw the participation of representatives of youth organizations across Europe, together with Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot (EU Commission) and MEP Petra Kammerevert, who exchanged on young people’s first-hand experience and proposals.

On Thursday 16 April 2020, in dialogue with the European Parliament, the COMECE Youth Platform, gathering Catholic youth organizations from all over Europe, will review the ongoing negotiations on the future Erasmus Program and the European Solidarity Corps.