10.8 Current debates and reforms
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Forthcoming policy developments
The national framework on non-formal education of children and young people will be extended to other field of youth work, going beyond open youth work on the local level.
The Ministry of Education, Children and Youth will introduce a new training scheme. From 2022 onwards, a nationally coordinated and expanded range of further training courses will be offered in partnership with further training agencies. It will be free of charge for both participants and employers. The priority areas of the final declaration, titled 'Signposts for the Future' of the 3rd European Youth Work Convention (EYWC), will be implemented. The declaration defines joint activities for the Bonn Process, at the local, regional, national or European level and formulates recommendations for objectives, areas of work and concrete actions in the field of youth work.
The implementation of the 2017 law on Secondary Education (loi du 29 août 2017 portant sur l'enseignement secondaire), by which offers of youth work in schools were introduced, is ongoing. Based on the initial experiences, further developments, on how youth work can be implemented in schools and which resources are required, are under discussion. Youth work in Luxembourg was and is still strongly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The work routine for many youth workers was fundamentally changed during the lockdown because most of the structures for young people were closed (such as youth centers but also projects and campaigns). A budget increase, which was initially planned for 2021, and the coming years can probably not be realised. As a result, in a mid-term and long-term perspective, there might be a certain stagnation regarding the recruitment of new personal and the further development of new structures or projects in the field of youth work. A positive aspect is that providers of youth work were somehow forced to deal with the closure of the facilities and had to find digital solutions. This might be a promising impetus for the further development of methods of digital youth work and its implementation.