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November ------------------ From: ASC - Leiden <Asc@ascleiden.nl> Date: Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:03:56 +0000 ______________ Dear Sir, Madam, You are cordially invited to participate at this public debate on 20 November, 13.00-16.00 in Leiden, organized by International Debate Education Association IDEA, NCDO, Youth in Action and the African Studies Centre. You?ll find the invitation below and in the attachment. Kind regards, Marieke van Winden PUBLIC DEBATE: THE INCLUSION OF AFRICAN YOUTH IN EUROPE WEDNESDAY 20 NOVEMBER, UNIVERSAL CHILDREN?S DAY KINDERRECHTENHUIS, HOOGLANDSE KERKGRACHT 17-D, 2312 HS LEIDEN 13.00 ? 16.00 (DRINKS AFTERWARDS) On 20 November, the Universal Children?s Day, we invite you to join the discussion on how Europe can support African youth and promote their inclusion in society. More than 40 students, particularly with African background, will contribute to the debate, engaging in dialogue with policymakers, professionals, and academics: Roelof van Laar (development cooperation spokesman, Tweede Kamer), Stefanie Schuddebeurs (Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations), Dr. Harry Wels (Faculty of Social Sciences, Vrije Universiteit), Nicky Wako (Diaspora Forum for Development), Christoph Damalie (Thirdway Human Rights & Development) and Dr. Akinyinka Akinyoade (African Studies Centre). Jos van Beurden (trainer, researcher and writer) will chair the afternoon. The exclusion of African youth in our society is a burning issue in the media at the moment. The recent report of Amnesty International on ethnic profiling demonstrates that the humiliating stop-and-search police practices apply predominantly to people of African and Northern African appearance. Also, the National Ombudsman in the Netherlands, Alex Brenninkmeijer, warns of widespread discrimination and exclusion, and the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights reports that discrimination rates are highest among the Sub-Saharan and North African migrants. Discriminatory and exclusive practices hinder the development of African youth in Europe and create a gap between the excluded youth and those in power. How can we move from a society that defines young people in terms of problems, dangers and risks towards a society characterized by participation? In the multicultural reality of today, how can we become a more inclusive society? How do we empower the African youth and other excluded groups to participate and to raise their voices? The major questions that need to be addressed to reduce exclusion are those of equal access to education, employment opportunities, and safety in the neighbourhoods. We cordially invite you to contribute to the debate with your ideas, experience, and knowledge ? your input to the discussion of the inclusion of African youth is highly appreciated. Programme 13.00 Welcoming speech by Roelof van Laar on the inclusion of African Youth in Europe. 13.30 The debate winners? speeches: the first round, panel and public discussion: ?The inclusion of African youth in educational sector?. 14.00 The debate winners? speeches: the second round, panel and public discussion: ?African youth and labour participation in Europe? 14.30 Coffee/tea break. 15.00 The debate winners? speeches: the third round, panel and public discussion: ?The impact of ethnic profiling in Europe on African youth?. 16.00 Awarding the winners, presenting the participants? certificates 16.30 Drinks at the Kinderrechtenhuis. No need to register. More information: <http://nl.idebate.org/en/africanyouth>http://nl.idebate.org/en/africanyout h Project contacts: Roeland Hemsteede <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com Anna Fatikova <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com -- --