Adolescents (10-18 years) and youth (18-30 years) benefited from targeted skill building for constructive participation in dialogue and decision-making processes; active contribution to, and leadership in, positive transformation of their communities; fighting negative stereotypes and recognizing the strength and richness of diversity. Learning events had a strong gender component, contributing to gender equality and fighting gender stereotypes. Reaching out to inactive and marginalized adolescents and youth was a particular focus of the joint programme. Teachers and trainers in primary and secondary schools were supported to enhance their skills in teaching media literacy, civic education and constructive inter-cultural dialogue. The joint programme also envisaged work with journalists and editors to help amplify and broaden positive storytelling, while challenging biased and prejudiced reporting.
A series of participatory dialogue events brought together adolescents and youth, civil society organizations, opinion makers and decision makers, to discuss, identify and agree on proposed actions that will strengthen social cohesion at the country and the regional level.
Small Grants Facility
Action on common priorities, identified and agreed at dialogue events, was supported with grants. Civil society organizations, public institutions, media, local governments and schools were invited to collaborate across borders and work toward solutions to commonly identified priorities. Through Innovation Labs, adolescent boys and girls received dedicated training and funds for collaboration on cross-country projects that address their specific concerns. At least 30 per cent of funding supported projects focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Initiatives for policy improvements - identified and validated through dialogue events, as well as through social media tools such as U-Report - were supported through thematic advocacy and public information campaigns. The goal was to advocate for institutional and political action that strengthens social cohesion in the region.