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European Youth Work Convention. (2020) Final declaration of the 3rd European Youth Work Convention: signposts for the future. Bonn: European Youth Work Convention.

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Under Germany’s joint Presidency of the European Union and the Council of Europe, around 1,000 participants gathered online for the 3rd European Youth Work Convention. The momentum for the Convention has been fuelled by this unique political convergence that holds the promise of realizing a European Youth Work Agenda through what is to be known as the Bonn process. The Convention is the start of this. All participants belong to a vibrant youth work ‘community of practice’, within and across the 50 European countries represented at the Convention. This strikingly diverse community of practice (see below) have been debating and directly contributing to this final Declaration. The 3rd European Youth Work Convention has aimed explicitly at putting flesh on the bones of the European Youth Work Agenda, while respecting its political framework, and describing future steps, actions and measures to be taken under the Bonn process.

This final Declaration seeks to capture the deliberations of participants, both to motivate and to guide the youth work community of practice all over Europe within the Bonn process. The final Declaration also seeks to strengthen the political commitment, at all levels, for the maintenance, development and innovation of youth work provision throughout Europe. This final Declaration therefore addresses directly the youth work community of practice in Europe as a major active and responsible stakeholder in the Bonn process. Communities of practice have been defined as a process of social learning when “people who have a common interest in a subject or area collaborate over an extended period of time, sharing ideas and strategies, determining solutions and building innovations”. The youth work community of practice needs to be fully inclusive, incorporating all kinds of youth work, whatever method or format it builds on, and all kinds of youth workers, whether they are paid or voluntary, in a life-time career or a short-term or part-time commitment, educated through formal curricula or through non-formal training, and in all 50 countries represented at the Convention.

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10 December 2020
20 p.
European Youth Work Convention
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