ELC Europe Essay Competition Winner

Greetings from WYA Europe !

Thank you for all those who have participated in our Essay Competition on Family and Youth Unemployment, organized in the framework of our Emerging Leaders Conference which will take place in Brussels, on 17-21 November 2014.

We are happy to announce the winner of this year essay competition! Please join us in congratulating Mihaela Tăut from Romania. Her essay on “Youth unemployment crisis and the importance of a united family for the development of the country” underlines the correlation between strong healthy families and youth employment in Romania.

The economic, social, emotional and moral support of both parents is needed for growing a healthy generation of children. A good educational support will give hope to a child and the courage to dream and work for a better future for himself and his family. I believe that all human beings are connected to one another. We can’t live without relationships either if we are speaking about the family, friends or strangers.

The main reason why I consider family to be the adequate place for youth and children is that it is the unit of society where we can find value and identity. Family is the place where harmony and love are found working together through acceptance and solidarity to help everyone shape their destiny, assigning goals that will help our society to prosper."

"In this respect, the situation in Romania is most vulnerable. One of the most debated topics in our country is the high unemployment rate that affects not only youth but parents. Due to hard economic conditions, mothers and fathers are often forced to leave their families and children in order to go abroad in search for employment.

This situation forces parents to separate and live apart one from another, in a harsh situation which has a very negative impact on the family as a whole. Most of the emigrants from Central and Eastern Europe choose countries like UK, Portugal, Spain, Italy or Austria as destination, in order to find employment and better standard of living. The problem is not only that we lose a significant labor force by doing so, but the most vulnerable group are children that are left behind without appropriate care. In most of the cases, such children are either left alone or stuck together with members of the large family who in many cases are unable to find appropriate support to fill the emptiness these children feel after their parents leave them behind.”

To read the full essay, please click here.

We are looking forward to seeing you in our Emerging Leaders Conference. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so before the 30 of October. All the details can be found here.

WYA Europe Team