Round Table for expert training
The Round Table for expert training is a new inter-organisational programme by IJAB and JUGEND für Europa. It is designed to promote mobility among experts and help professionalise this target group in Germany and Europe.
The Round Table is aimed largely at experts and decision-makers in the international youth work community in Germany, but it also addresses child and youth services providers that regularly deal with, or wish to engage in, international youth work and that are responsible for providing training to their paid and volunteer staff.
Content-wise, the Round Table for expert training draws on the experience gained in the inter-organisational projects Innovationsforum Jugend global (IJAB) and– Grenzüberschreitende Lernmobilität ermöglichen (JUGEND für Europa). The key issues paper relating to the latter project contains recommendations for reshaping political and pedagogical structures pertaining to expert mobility in such a way that more child and youth services experts can undergo professionalisation.
The Round Table receives funding from the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and is scheduled to meet once a year.
Kick-off meeting of the Round Table for expert training
The first Round Table meeting took place in Bonn in April 2018. Experts and decision-makers from international youth work organisations, bilateral youth offices, coordination centres, district youth welfare offices and training providers met to discuss the development of a joint long-term and systematic expert strategy for the international youth work community and related fields in accordance with Book 8 of Germany's Social Code. Specifically, the following topics were addressed: