10.8 Current debates and reforms
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The major forthcoming policy development expected in the field of youth work is the implementation of the project “Establishment of Non-Formal / Informal Learning Validation Mechanisms - Pilot Implementation”, coordinated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sport and Youth. One of the project’s outcomes will be the establishment of the occupational standards of youth workers.
In addition to that and as already stated in section 10.2, the Youth Board has already put into implementation one of the recommendations from the Council of Europe's advisory mission by establishing a dedicated working group on Youth Work.
Along with the preparation and implementation of the Bonn Process at national level, the Working Group will gradually develop a roadmap for the development of youth work in Cyprus, including raising awareness actions, recognition of youth work, validation mechanisms of competences and experience of practicing youth work and professionalisation of youth workers.
Within the framework of the project “Establishment of Non-Formal / Informal Learning Validation Mechanisms - Pilot Implementation”, public consultations will be conducted with the participation of governmental and private organisations and bodies, educational and research institutions that provide non-formal or informal learning and/or specialising in youth, education and adult education.