This study visit was the first implementation phase of the project “Youth Participation in Rural Areas”, which involved 21 participants comprising youth leaders, youth workers, and youth municipality officers from Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Portugal, and Denmark. The visit to Egedal (Denmark) allows further capacitation of municipality officers, youth workers, and a member of a youth council or other participation mechanisms within the municipality, to work together and implement specific projects of youth participation in rural areas.
The specific objectives of this study visit were:
- To explore, experience, and understand the specific challenges to youth participation in rural and geographically remote areas;
- To visit examples of good practice and based upon interaction with the project organizations, filter out elements to transfer to own reality;
- To think of innovative ways of youth participation in rural areas (new technologies, long-distance tools, etc.);
- To offer possibilities for long term partnership building among organizations active in the field of youth participation in rural areas, for future projects.
It created a learning space to focus on:
- How to make rural areas more rural friendly;
- Increasing young people participation, in the decision-making processes, and thus their ownership of the local realities;
- Reflecting on measures to apply during the implementation of selected projects to offer more opportunities to rural youth, to support young families and young people to either stay or return to the countryside and gain their livelihoods through local employment and entrepreneurship, user-driven and self-organized initiatives.
The study visit, co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme, was organised in joint partnership between DYPALL Network (Portugal) and Ung Egedal (Denmark)