Call for participants 

Youth access to rights through implementing the SDGs

Youth Exchange

Nadi, Fiji | 11-17 July 2022

The Young European Federalists (JEF Europe), in partnership with Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID), organise a Youth Exchange with the National Youth Council of Fiji (NYCF) on Youth and SDGs in the framework of the project Youth access to rights through implementing the SDGs funded by the Erasmus+ programme.

About the project

The project Youth SDGs addresses specifically the capacity building of youth organisations working at national level to engage young people in the global issues and to make more young people empowered to participate in society through having better access to rights. In this way by linking the grassroots with the SDGs the organisations will be making their work effective and provide space for real and meaningful participation. The programme of the project aims to support young people’s access to their rights, and the SDGs define these rights and the development which is needed so that they become accessible (example – education, health etc). The project focuses on developing, designing, testing, implementing, evaluating specific tools that support young people’s access to rights in the SDG process. The Rights based approach can vary from country to country, but the SDGs are globally accepted. When we bring them under one umbrella, it will allow youth organisations to have more strategies and tools for young people’s access to rights.

The project educational approach is based on the principles of non-formal education. They will utilise Learning to Learn as a key factor in the participants’ development. The participants will be encouraged to analyse, reflect on and develop learning from every aspect. During and after activities there will be time out periods where the participants will be challenged to analyse dynamics, to explore what is going on in the group, to understand their own actions and reactions. There will be inputs and theories, case studies, role play & simulation activities, experiential learning, exercises where participants will practice skills and use different tools.

About the Youth Exchange

In the activity young people from Europe will have a direct chance to engage with the Pacific civil society working on SDGs, especially with the National Youth Council of Fiji (NYCF), and in prevention of climate change. This will also serve as a motivating factor to better understand the SDGs, and to see how some people are more directly unequally hit by injustice, but also how they advocate and fight for their rights. The youth exchange will also aim to introduce the SDGs and develop short videos on the role of young people in their implementation and also how through the SDGs young people can access their rights. 

The main objectives of the seminar are the following:

  • Build capacity among young people to raise awareness about human rights and human rights protection tools and mechanisms.
  • Prepare a group of young experienced people to develop and implement solidarity actions and human rights campaigns.
  • Create a pool of young people who can develop skills in connection with human rights to their peers.
  • Disseminate the guidelines and toolkit created during the online consultation meeting (25-27 February 2022).

Profile of the participant

  • JEF Europe is looking for 6 young people from Belgium.
  • Able to work and communicate fluently in English.
  • 18 – 35 years old.
  • Interested in the topic and in developing knowledge in SDGs and sustainability.
  • Interest in becoming multipliers and drivers for change in their society, by using an already existing global development agenda and securing that young people will not be left out of it. 
  • Participants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or have been recently cured and be able to prove it, in accordance with airline and Fiji government travel regulations. More information here.

What we are offering

  • A full seven-day youth exchange (with arrival on the 9th of July from Brussels, and departure on the 17th of July). It is possible to leave on the 19th but the costs of accommodation should be covered by the young people. 
  • Accommodation and food covered for the duration of the youth exchange in Nadi, Fiji.
  • Travel reimbursement for up to 1500 euros. Expenses related to vaccinations, visa costs (if needed), and other additional expenses will be covered by the participants. More information about Visa requirements here
  • An opportunity to learn about human rights and what tools to use when organising trainings on human rights
  • A networking opportunity with young people working in different development and youth sectors;
  • Bring part of an engaging dynamic focusing on developing youth rights and inclusion in a specific sector.

Fee and finances

  • There is no participation fee.
  • Due to the amount of the travel travel reimbursement will be made after the event and when we have received all relevant tickets and receipts.

How to apply?

Please fill in the application form by 29 May 2022 – 23:59 CET.

The evaluation of the applications will be made by external persons of JEF Europe secretariat (two EB members of JEF Europe) to select the best candidates for this youth exchange opportunity. The selection committee will ensure a gender balance in the selection of the participants.

If you have any questions, please contact theo.lecarpentier@jef.eu or alexandra.huber@jef.eu

If you have any questions feel free to contact

Théo Lecarpentier, Financial and Project Officer

Young European Federalists

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Brussels

theo.lecarpentier@jef.eu

Alexandra Huber, Project Officer

Young European Federalists

Rue d’Arlon 53, 1040 Brussels

alexandra.huber@jef.eu