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20. February 2012.

From Idea to Action – UN Joint Programme for Youth Employability

The youth gathering titled Development of key competencies of young people - from ideas to action was organized by the UN’s Youth Employability and Retention Programme (YERP) in cooperation with the Youth Information Agency between 18th and 20th February 2012 in Sarajevo.

 The aim of the meeting on youth activism was to present 52 mini-project ideas by youth from 17 cities countrywide and foster exchange of experiences on the preparation of proposals and the process itself, further strengthening the students' teams and creating an action plan for better and more effective implementation of their projects in the future. The gathering also helped participants to establish an agreement on projects’ budgets, informed participants about the link between education and the labor market, the importance of developing key competencies, as well as recognizing the link of the development process and mini-projects implementation.


The project "Active Youth" is implemented by the Youth Information Agency (OIA) in cooperation with the Youth Employability and Retention Programme. It promotes the creation of models through which young people in secondary schools will in an interactive manner and practice recognize the importance of access to education based on developing life skills and key competencies.


The UN’s Youth Employability and Retention Programme is supported through the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund financed by the Spanish Government. The Programme is jointly implemented by UNDP, UNICEF, UNFPA, IOM and UNV in partnership with the BiH Ministry of Civil Affairs, BiH Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees, Entity Ministries responsible for labor and education, the BiH Agency for Statistics, Entity Agencies for Statistics, Public Employment Service offices across the country, primary and general secondary schools, municipalities and rural communities, individual firms as well as private sector associations, and civil society organizations from the community level to the Diaspora.

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