1.5 Cross-sectoral approach with other ministries
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The only existing cross-sectorial legal framework is a decree connecting education and youth welfare sector to foster youth well-being in school and to prevent school dropouts: the Decree of 21 November 2013.
Regarding the youth sector with other sectors, there is no legally based cross-sectorial approach.
However, The Minister of Youth has highlighted in the strategic direction notice 2014-2019 the ambition to foster an inter-ministerial collaboration aiming at maximizing the potential of youth policy.
At the initiative of the Minister of Youth, and of the Minister-President of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Government of the French-speaking Community has suggested the project of a creation of an Inter-ministerial Youth Conference. This body will be able to bring together all the levels of power (federal, regions, communities) competent in areas affecting young people in order to respond in a coherent and transversal manner to the expectations and needs of young people. On November 24 2021, the Belgian Consultative Committee gave the green light to the creation of this “CIM Jeunesse”.
At the moment, concrete cross-sectoral measures exist at the level of the French-Speaking Community in order to enhance the visibility of the youth sector (youth organisation and youth centres) and to promote cross-sectorial partnership in the field of culture.
1. The the platform on Youth and Formal Education (Plateforme Jeunesse Enseignement) is exploring the possibility for youth organisations to use schools and their rooms for the development of their activities outside school time.
1. “Histoires croisées” (Crossed stories) was a specific fund based on a cross-sectorial convention between two departments of the Ministry of the French Speaking Community of Belgium: Youth and Youth welfare. The purpose was to build bridges between the organisations recognised by the two departments and other organisations, in order to promote actions with and for young persons and to give a better picture of youth in the civil society. Through the implementation of this measure, the Minister wanted to enhance networking between the two sectors and to promote cross sectorial projects.
2. “Cellules bien-être” (Well-being cells) was a cross-sectorial pilot-project which brought together Youth, Health, Youth welfare and (formal) Education for the period of 2011-2014. Cross sectorial « cells » were initiated and developed by schools on the theme of health. At least three organisations (including a school and a youth organisation) had to develop together a project on a specific theme, chosen by the school (e.g. sustainable alimentation, empowerment and participation, fight against violence…). This programme is still used by several schools but there is no more financial support.