DSC 0683 2An international mobility project in the scope of Erasmus + programme of the European Union “Be Ready for European Values” under the title “Non-Formal Education System in Slovenia” has concluded yesterday with an awarding ceremony.

During the 10 days of the youth exchange on non-formal education through soft methods and non-formal approaches, the participants also got a chance to gain an insight into the system of non-formal education in Slovenia, provided by the Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Youth, Employment Service of Slovenia, Ministry of Education, Science and Sport, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, Nefiks Institute, Youth Council of Slovenia, Slovenian Student Union, Movit Institute and Youth Office of the City of Ljubljana. Students also visited IEDC Bled School of Management, EMUNI University in Piran as well as Faculty of Social Sciences in Ljubljana to learn about recognition of non-formal education on different faculties. Visit to the House of the European Union (EU) in Ljubljana highlighted the opportunities for youth in the EU and added the European perspective to the matter.

Throughout the youth exchange the participants underwent preparations for the European Parliament simulation exercise, which was held at the Ljubljana City Hall on Tuesday. Participants had to prepare their opening speeches and arguments for or against non-formal education’s recognition and validation comparable to formal education. The simulation was opened by Zoran Jankovič, Mayor of the City of Ljubljana and Katarina Gorenc from the Youth Office of the City of Ljubljana explained why is Ljubljana youth friendly municipality. The simulation exercise that was chaired by Sabina Carli began with opening speeches and continued with arguments pro and contra. At the end, the document on non-formal education’s recognition and validation comparable to formal education with few amendments was accepted by the great majority.

After the simulation conclusion, the participants were addressed by H.E. Mr Miodrag Mugoša, Ambassador of the Montenegro in Ljubljana, that awarded the certificates.

The project “Be Ready for European Values” contributes to active participation of youth in social, economic and political development of Montenegro through promotion of EU values, by improving the quality of youth work and non-formal education in Montenegro, and by fostering cooperation with Slovenia and practical transfer of know-how. The project aims to develop a non-formal educational system in Montenegro that would raise awareness and enhance practical skills that are needed for more marketable and proactive role in the labour market.

Centre for European Perspective is conducting the project in cooperation with the Centre for Monitoring and Research from Montenegro, Centre for International Studies from Croatia, University of Donja Gorica from Montenegro and Art Communications from Montenegro.

The program is funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the EU under the Key Action 2: Capacity Building in the Field of Youth – KA2: Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices.

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