Peaceful Change initiative and Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan have organize a four day study visit on Youth Policy and engagement in Scotland for civil society actors, government officials and MPs from Armenia under the framework of the project on “Progressing Youth Participation in Armenia on Governance and Peace”, funded by the UK Government’s Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.
Among the participants are:
– Artur Ghazaryan, YCCD NGO – Youth Cooperation Center of Dilijan, Tavush marz
– Anna Yeghoyan, YIC Gyumri – Youth Initiative Centre NGO, Gyumri, Shirak marz
– Nara Harutyunyan, Syunik-Development NGO, Vayots Dzor marz
– Tatev Hayrapetyan, Parliament Deputy from My Step, Standing Committee on Foreign Relations
– Anna Kostanyan, Parliament Deputy from Bright Armenia, Standing Committee on Science, Education, Culture, Diaspora, Youth and Sport
– Gohar Mamikonyan, Adviser to the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sport
– Kristina Mehrabekyan, Humanitarian Issues Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The study visit focuses on the following learning objectives:
– How do Scottish (local) government and other relevant institutions ensure effective communication and participation of youth and other community representatives in addressing local challenges,
– What are the best practices of community planning and development of youth engagement in Scotland that can help inform findings and recommendations to promote further debate in this sphere in Armenia among a range of stakeholders and policy-makers,
– Sharing of broader experience including from a decentralized context in Scotland, in engagement with remote areas, and with a particular focus on youth initiatives.
Meetings are scheduled in The Scottish Parliamentt, The Scottish Government, Youth Parliament, Young Scot and YouthLink Scotland, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) which represents all local authorities in Scotland and works with the Scottish government on health, justice and education issues. There are also meetings scheduled in Dundee and St Andrews.