Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Tirana Office, in close cooperation with the National Youth Congress, is implementing this year the "Local Youth Policy - Employment Master Plans" Project.
This project comes in pursuit of our long-term cooperation relating to the finalization last year of Local Youth Action Plans in 12 regions of the country, as well as the need to address and treat in a dedicated and intensive manner specific issues covered in the Action Plans, having a fundamental importance for the youth at the local level. Promoting youth employment is in the focus of our cooperation this year and we are addressing this topic by taking up initiatives and carrying out activities in its service.
This project consists of mutual cooperation with Municipal Councils, Municipal Administrations, local actors involved in the topic of employment, experts in the field, as well as Local Youth Organizations and young activists. Translating the results of the Youth Action Plans into concrete steps of action is the aim of our work this year and onwards, with the common denominator empowerment of youth and improvement of their perspective in the future.
In this context, during May-July 2020, we held online seminars via the Zoom platform, in 12 regions of Albania, bringing together in the dialogue youth interested in the matter and representatives of local organizations and institutions.
The 12 Local Coordinators, respectively of the Municipalities of Dibër, Elbasan, Kamëz, Korçë, Kukës, Lezhë, Përmet, Roskovec, Shkodër, Tirana, Vlorë, and Urë Vajgurore presented the concepts of the Youth Employment Master Plans. The presentation of the concepts, the discussion around them and challenges related to local employment opportunities were followed by the presentation by IDEA Challenge on youth entrepreneurship, career opportunities and development opportunities that it provides. The joint work for the realization of the final product of the Master Plans will be consolidated in the future with new initiatives with a focus on employment, planned to be covered in the upcoming months.