Employment and Vocational Training: the priority.

April 25th 2019

On April 24, nearly 30 participants aged under 35, from 11 countries, participated in Majalat’s second workshop for youth.

Employment and vocational training, which had particularly attracted young people’s attention as a key priority during Majalat’s first youth workshop in September 2018, was at the heart of the meeting agenda.

A cross-cutting issue –like other priorities identified by young people, such as migration, the fight against violence, or sexual and reproductive health – employment and vocational training are indeed a major challenge for young people in the southern neighborhood.

The workshop, organized by the Euromed France Network (REF), in partnership with the Maghrebian Migration Observatory and the Arab Campaign for Education for All-ACEA, enabled the participants to meet the European Union delegation in Tunis and to exchange ideas with its Tunis-based experts. + « quotes… ».

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Then, after getting an overview about the tough situation of education and employment in the Southern Mediterranean, the participants reviewed EU policies, priorities and programs on education, training & employment in details. They became familiar with the actors and cooperation initiatives in education and employment in the EU and the Southern Neighborhood countries. They then proposed recommendations to the European Commission, in particular on economic development and social dialogue through issues related to education and employment.

Majalat Youth workshop aims to promote the engagement of young people from civil society organizations, trade unions and social movements involved in EU’s southern neighborhood and to strengthen the capacities of these young people to challenge the EU around issues that concern them.

work of the Brussels Civil Society Forum in November 2019.


This workshop was organized on the eve of the "Jeunesses méditerranéennes" meeting organized (April 25-27 in Tunis). Coming from France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Jordan, about 90 NGO activists from both shores of the Mediterranean participated in this meeting organized by the REF, in partnership with various Tunisian associations and international partners.