Training on meaningful youth engagement and project planning

On Thursday 15 July 2021, 21 young people representing youth-led organizations from across the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean participated in a training on the UNESCO Project Planner and Meaningful Youth Engagement. The Caribbean workshop targeted at youth-led organisations from across the region aimed at sharing knowledge on the UNESCO Project Planner as a tool to enhance youth-led organisations´ capacities in project design and implementation, as well as to sensitize youth-led organisations on meaningful youth engagement in relation to the whole project cycle.

Thus, the first part of the training aimed to provide project planning tools for youth-led organisations to develop and implement projects in their communities. The second part of the training  on Meaningful Youth Engagement was based on the tool "Meaningfully engaging with youth: Guidance and training on UNESCO's Operation Strategy on Youth (2014-2021)". The training was conducted by Antonette Dennis, who is part of UNESCO's global pool of young trainers on Meaningful Youth Engagement.

Through interactive group sessions, the young participants from Curaçao, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Maarten, St. Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago were sensitised on Meaningful Youth Engagement in relation to the whole project cycle. Discussions provided for defining and identifying common characteristics of youth, as well as assessing the different types of youth engagement as well as the difference between 'meaningful' engagement and tokenism. The training concluded with youth groups developing and sharing their own project ideas and how youth could be meaningfully engaged.

The UNESCO project planner supports youth develop their ideas for meaningful youth engagement.

UNESCO recognizes youth as a key priority for Caribbean SIDS, as indicated in the UNESCO Special Initiative for the Caribbean. Young people are rights holders and stakeholders with their own value that need to be recognized and included. Building on UNESCO's Operational Strategy on Youth 2014-2021, UNESCO in the Caribbean focuses on the meaningful inclusion of youth and considers young people as both beneficiaries and partners. UNESCO’s work is co-designed with young people, engaging with youth as knowledge bearers, change agents and problem-solvers to address challenges and crises in the Caribbean region.