Manchester Prepares for 'Blended Mobility' European Exchange
Youth participation workers , Kerri Duncan and Ruth Denton visited the town of Kecskemet in Hungary during the last week in August as part of a European Project called the 'European Network of Regional and Local Youth Platforms' ENRYP.
The project will establish an European platform to share and exchange best practice in the youth field, which will strengthen international cooperation among youth platforms at regional and local level. The purpose of the trip was to help shape and plan the upcoming youth exchanges that will be happening during 2018.
The first exchange will be to Cascais in Portugal in February 2018. Cascais was named the Youth Capital city for 2018. The European Youth Capital 2018, as in previous years, will encourage participation of young people through the promotion of new ideas and innovative projects. Secondly young people will have the opportunity to visit Timisoara in Romania in September 2018.
During the 5 day training in Kecskemet (Hungary) a range of activities were planned so all partners of the project could share examples of good practice and also develop shared tools and methodologies for the exchanges.
The Hungarians were great hosts, shared their culture and we were able to see so many beautiful parts of their lovely city. On the first day the vice mayor of the city came to meet and greet all the participants and share a lot of Hungarian history and interesting facts. We also did a small tour of the city and learnt all about the local landmarks and buildings.
On the second day we visited a local youth centre, which was quite similar to many youth centres here in the UK. There was a press conference, and local press published a story in the newspaper. Later in the day we visited the University of Kecsemet. Wednesday was our favourite day of the week, our partners from Finland facilitated a very interesting day, which included many topics, including EU awareness, social inclusion, active participation of young people and we also discussed the issues that we are all facing in terms of youth engagement.
On the fourth day we were fortunate to meet 2 representatives from the youth department of the council of Europe, who shared some really interesting insights in to European youth policy. We also met with the Hungarian UN Youth Delegate, who joined in a lively debate around the topic of E-Democracy. On the last day we talked about the future of the project and how we can hopefully continue the work of the network post 2019.
We said farewell to our new friends and were sad to say "Goodbye", "Tchau", "Viszontlatasra", "La revedere", "Addio", "Heippa"....
Our international friends and colleagues will be visiting us here in Manchester in October.
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