A delegation from Malta UNESCO Youth Association recently participated in an international seminar entitled “Volunteerism in Debate” in Cordoba, Spain organised by Plataforma Andaluza de Voluntariado.
The aim of the seminar was to bring together young European volunteers and politicians/decision-makers to discuss different aspects of voluntary work in society, its importance and challenges imposed by the legislation and policies as well as good practices from different countries. As a result of the workshops taking place during the weeklong seminar in November, the participants from various European countries were asked to draft a list of
recommendations for policy makers on how to improve the voluntary work sector.
The Maltese delegation consisted of five young women Analiza Abdilla (24), Birgit Oidram (26), Erika Borg (24) and Martha Bartolo (18), all from Malta UNESCO Youth Association and a representative from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ Angie Farrugia (25). Additionally to Malta UNESCO Youth Association, there were voluntary organisations from Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, Germany, UK, Poland, Lithuania and Estonia. The participating voluntary organisations ranged from those working with minorities (such as disabled persons, immigrants) to those dealing with youth participation in the decision-making processes and human rights.
Angie Farrugia from Aġenzija Żgħażagħ took the opportunity to introduce the recently launched Malta Youth Portal. During a session facilitated by the European decision-makers she explained how the voluntary work in the youth field is strongly and actively supported by Aġenzija Żgħażagħ in Malta.