15
November

Published: Monday, 15.11.2010

Youth Day

On Saturday, November 13, Youth Facility Velika Gorica I celebrated the Youth Day. Twelve young people from SOS Youth Facilities took part, as did three youngsters from the Forum for Quality Foster Care.

The gathering was notable for the active and constructive participation of all young people, YF directors and our guests from the Croatian Employment Service.

Mrs. Sandra Štengl and Mrs. Marina Kuveždić, the representatives of the Croatian Employment Service, held the presentation for our youngsters on training options under the National Program to Aid Youth Employment. They gave an overview of activities/measures for young people and skills required for active job searches. The presentation also laid the foundation for subsequent discussion entitled “The Importance of Education in the Job Market”. During the discussion, young people expressed their dissatisfaction with the practical training they receive during mandatory schooling. Very often, they spend practical training working on less relevant task or jobs that do not further their understanding of the theoretical part of the curriculum, i.e. counter to the stated purpose of practical training, they are not learning things relevant to their chosen profession. In the opinion of young people, this is detrimental to their education, because it prevents them from acquiring practical experience that could be extremely helpful once they graduate from high school or college and start looking for a job. This is why youngsters believe they should be provided with better practical training.


After the discussion, Youth Facility Velika Gorica I treated us to a delicious lunch. During lunch, we continued to hold an informal discussion on the importance of education and opportunities that open up after attaining a higher level of education. We also touched upon the topic of personal motivation and importance of good guidance from early childhood.


SOS youngsters
highlighted the important role that SOS mothers play in this process of raising the awareness on the importance of education, while youngsters from the Forum for Quality Foster Care pointed out the equally important role of foster parents. Young people mentioned that the additional skills that help them be more competitive in the job market were acquired through a combination of factors – workshops organized by their care institutions, team work, regular education (high school, college) – but also that constant work on one’s own potential and setting clear goals are essential. When asked about the measures that organizations like SOS and Forum could take to motivate them for further education, they said that raising awareness of the importance of education is key, and that SOS mothers/foster parents must have better training and more information in order to be able to send this message to children and youngsters and thus raise their motivation.


We all agreed that having better education gives a wider range of employment options even in the country suffering from recession.
 

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