On October 27th DESA – Dubrovnik held a round table in Dubrovnik on “Quality of life and employability of young people on remote islands.”
The round table was held in the framework of the project “Promoting the employability of young people on geographically isolated / remote islands,” co-financed by the European Union through the Operational Programme Human Resources Development Scheme grant “Support programs of civil society organizations in the field of advocacy and motivation for socially excluded groups “.
To the key stakeholders were presented project activities and premiere screening of the films produced by the project activity: advocacy campaign – young for young, “Message in a Bottle” (all 25 short videos can be viewed on the FB group “Promoting the employability of young people on geographically remote / isolated islands”).
Vedran Kastrapeli, representative of the Croatian Employment Service regional office of Dubrovnik, informed the participants of the round table with the current situation of young people in the labor market in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County and the associated islands.
The discussion was brisk and optimistic, and all key stakeholders agreed that young people on islands represent wealth, not a burden, and we need to invest more efforts in keeping them in the home islands. To achieve that aim, it is necessary to strengthen institutions and civil society on the islands, to conduct functional and financial decentralization, both from the state and county. They also agreed that cross -sectoral cooperation is the key for solving the problems in the community.
The project “Promoting the employability of young people on geographically remote islands” has been implemented in three counties, and the next round table is planned for November 7th in Split, in order to bring together key stakeholders from civil society, and the island’s institutions, to sit down and suggested further steps in retaining young people on our islands.
Short films made within the project “Promoting the employability of young people on geographically isolated / remote islands,” can be viewed at the following link, do not forget to comment and share further: