A workshop for the European Year of Youth aims to combat the negative effects of the pandemic

Addressing the negative effects of the pandemic on young people was the main theme of the co-design workshop for the European Year of Youth 2022, organized on 14 January by the Office of the Citizens Commissioner, the national coordinator for the Year of Youth, at the PwC Cyprus Experience Center in Nicosia. The objective of the workshop was to ensure the necessary cooperation between the relevant government ministries and departments, as well as youth associations in Cyprus, in order to achieve the objectives of the European Year of Youth.

The workshop brought together Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Prodromos Prodromou, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy Kyriakos Kokkinos and Deputy Minister of Welfare, Anastasia Anthousi. The workshop was also attended by Alexandra Attalidou on behalf of the House of Representatives, Permanent Secretaries and other officials from ministries and government departments, semi-governmental organizations, the Cyprus Youth Organization, the Delegation of the European Commission and the office of the European Parliament in Cyprus. , the Conference of Rectors of Cypriot Universities, as well as representatives of the Cyprus Youth Council and other youth associations.

The year 2022 has been designated by the European Union as the European Year of Youth, given the impact of the pandemic on young people. The main objective is to ensure access to opportunities for the young generation in the post-pandemic period, as well as to encourage the participation of young people in the democratic and social life of the Member States, in favor of a more digital Europe. and inclusive.

During his presentation, the Citizens Commissioner, Panayiotis Sentonas, spoke about the objectives of the National Plan for the Year of Youth, as well as their interconnection with the European youth objectives, which include, among others, equality gender, inclusive societies, mental health and well-being, securing employment for all, improving the quality of learning and the green and digital transition.

He added that “the European Year of Youth gives us the opportunity to focus on how to reopen perspectives and opportunities for the young generation in the post-pandemic period, through the green and digital transition and the implementation of the NextGenerationEU recovery plan”.

In his introductory speech, the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth, Prodromos Prodromou, stressed that young people need immediate support and empowerment: at all levels : local, national and European.

Minister Prodromou highlighted the new student evaluation plan, the new education and teacher evaluation plan, as well as the plan for a better match between higher and secondary education curricula .

The minister said that some of the above-mentioned reforms have been included to be supported in the recovery and resilience plan “Cyprus-Tomorrow”, while a number of actions are being implemented by other ministries with the support national and European funds.

Addressing the young people who took part in the workshop, Kyriakos Kokkinos, Deputy Minister of Research, Innovation and Digital Policy, explained that actions will be developed with the young people themselves. He added that these are “policy co-design actions and wide dissemination of the importance of digital transformation for a new model of development that our country so badly needs, which lays the foundations for a thriving and competitive economy and a prosperous and inclusive society”. company”.

He also mentioned the National Recovery and Resilience Plan, in which 282 million euros, in addition to 23% of the total investment, are dedicated to digital-focused actions, which aim to equip young people with the tools , knowledge and skills necessary for their personal, social and professional development.

In her remarks, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare Anastasia Anthousi spoke about the role of the Deputy Minister in achieving youth empowerment goals in the country, the most important of which is promoting strategies from childhood. The Deputy Ministry has created the National Action Plan in collaboration with all relevant departments, which will be submitted to the European Commission in March 2022.

The Deputy Minister added that the empowerment of young people in care is carried out in parallel through the institution of semi-autonomous living, the aim being to implement skills development programs in cooperation with organizations volunteers and other bodies such as local authorities, thus broadening the prospects for professional and social integration.

Anthousi also said the Deputy Ministry is investing through the Recovery and Resilience Plan in expanding the availability of affordable daycare for infants and children up to 3 years and 8 months of age.

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