On September 4, 2013 World Youth Alliance participated in a Conference on Youth Unemployment hosted by Members of the European Parliament – Patrizia Toia (S&D) and Thomas Mann (EPP). It was co-organized by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Rete Juventutis, Don Bosco International and COMECE. In attendance were 350 young participants from various EU countries.
The conference examined both the personal and the societal roots of the employment crisis, and looked to the empowerment of young people as the solution to the problem. These themes were discussed in two panels of youth and employment policy experts from the European Parliament and the European Commission, and members of civil society active in these areas.
Daniel Wisniewski, Regional Director for World Youth Alliance Europe was invited deliver a short intervention in the debate to propose a solution to the youth employment crisis.
"Young people are not the problem, young people are the solution," he said. "They are creative, brave, innovative, and determined to make a real contribution to the European economy. Their personal talents and gifts, which must be better discovered through more personalized educational system, should be used to overcome youth unemployment."
"Youth unemployment is a structural problem, and one that is caused, by the failure of the educational system on many levels. The European educational system prepares young people to be employees, and not employers."
He went on to say, "The European Union should invest in the great potential of young people in order to train a new generation of entrepreneurs. Who can not only produce a job for themselves, but they can also become heroes of their local communities and give jobs to others."
For more information please read the press release of Comece: http://www.comece.org/site/en/activities/events/youthconference