Young people are at the centre of the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy. The EU is committed to stepping up its engagement with young people in the Southern Mediterranean region, and supporting partner countries to provide better opportunities for youth, through education, vocational training, jobs creation and support to SMEs. It also encourages exchanges on education, training and youth policies between the Southern Mediterranean countries within existing fora for cooperation in the region.
I joined the NET-MED Youth project which I consider to be a mixture of encounters – probably the most beautiful and most significant of my life – and discovery: the discovery of a different work perspective. The project is even more than that. It is an evolution and a sign that as long as there are young people on the banks of the Mediterranean Sea, its basin will proudly continue to be the cradle of diversity and acceptance of the other.
- Mazigh Chakir, Moroccan art and culture engineer. Mazigh is an analyst at the youth organisation MENA Policy Hub and works with the EU-funded 'NET-MED Youth' project
We encourage young people to move away from radicalisation (any kind of radicalisation, not just religious) through what is called media literacy. Our role is to train young people between 13 and 25 years old to give them the skills required to access information (Internet, radio, press, television), analyse its impact and evaluate its authenticity. Another section also proposes to young people to create a media topic.
- Mona Naggar, Project Manager of the EU-funded project "Beyond Radiation: Youth in Lebanon speak up!”