2022 is the European Year of Youth, a year dedicated to shining a light on the importance of European youth to build a better future – greener, more inclusive, and digital. In addition, 2022 also marks the 35th year of existence of Erasmus+, the EU’s flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport.
On Thursday 28th July, the European Union Programmes Agency (EUPA) and Aġenzija Żgħażagħ hosted a youth fair called “Whatsup!” next to the National Aquarium in Qawra. The event gathered hundreds of youth together to celebrate the European Year of youth. “Whatsup!” was moderated by Daniel Testa and Ylenia Spiteri, they interacted with the youths, visiting their stand, and also enabling them to share their who they are and what their organisation is doing. Young people were also invited to dance the night away in the “Whatsup!” silent disco.
During the event, Mr Joseph Schembri, CEO European Union Programmes Agency and National Coordinator Erasmus+ & European Solidarity Corps Programmes (Malta) emphasized the importance that young people participate in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps projects as the opportunities available within these programmes will serve young people to develop both on a personal level and also on a social level. Mr Schembri also mentioned that during 2022, Erasmus+ is celebrating 35 years of success.
Furthermore Ms Miriam Teuma, Chief Executive of Aġenzija Żgħażagħ outlined the youth work being carried out regularly with youths who attend Aġenzija Żgħażagħ and the importance of offering opportunities which serve as a platform whereby youth groups can exhibit their talents and their committment towards a better society.
The following organisations were present during the event :
MOAS, Young ARAM Arthritis & Rheumatism Malta, KNŻ – Kunsill Nazzjonali taż-Żgħażagħ, Proutist Universal Malta, MALTA GC SEA CADET CORPS, Centru Tbexbix, Marconi Amateur Radio Circle, Choral and Orchestral Society Maria Bambina, Toastmasters Malta, IMPACT, Dyslexic Teens Dialogue, USPA, Malta Historical Fencing Association, CEFMF, Jesuit Refugee Service Malta, JCI Malta, JA Malta, Malta UNESCO Youth Association, FSWS – Sedqa, IVY – Interrupting Violence towards Youth, TDM 2000 MALTA, GIFRA Youth Group Hamrun, Birdlife, EUPA and Agenzija Zghazagh.
For further information on the European Year of Youth one can visit the following platform: https://europa.eu/youth/year-of-youth_en