Despite the pandemic, Croatia had a national EYWC follow-up conference as a first step in implementing the EYWA in the Bonn Process. Approximately 150 people participated in the event, which was organised by the Croation National Agency in co-operation with the State Office and the Croatian national delegation for the EYWC.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Croatia had a national follow-up conference to the European Youth Work Convention (EYWC) as a first step in implementing the European Youth Work Agenda (EYWA) in the Bonn Process. Approximately 150 people participated in the event, which was organised by the Croation National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth and European Solidarity Corps in co-operation with the State Office and the Croatian national delegation for the EYWC.
Moreover, currently there are a few important processes happening in Croatia:
'At the moment, different research papers in Croatia are prepared', adds Branimira Penić, former board member of CYN, the Croatian Youth Network, and member of the Croatian EYWC delegation. 'One is implemented by our State Office for Demography and Youth on the state of youth work in Croatia, another is implemented by the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb (IDIZ) on youth workers education paths and needs, and another one is on the topic of rural youth – Croatian partners are the NGO Udruga Prizma and the Institute for Social Sciences 'Ivo Pilar', the largest multidisciplinary national research institute in Croatia in social sciences and humanities. All in all, there are numerous projects implemented by NGOs all over Croatia on the topic of supporting and promoting youth work', she says. She still has some more ideas for future steps. 'I would appreciate strengthening the role of the non-formal Facebook group of youth workers in Croatia. It is the only platform for youth workers in Croatia. In addition, making a catalogue of projects, programmes, and initiatives on youth work in Croatia would be great. And of course, we should advocate for the development of the implementation plan of the EYWA in the Bonn Process, approved by decision-makers on the national and local level.'