On the photo you see Andreas Bender, chairman of the umbrella organisation presenting its work and structure.
The first two days of our study visit to Armenia are over, its long past midnight as a write these lines, but I promised to report. We had two very interesting meetings today, one with the Armenian Ministry on Youth and Sports the other one with representatives of the Youth NGO, both of them were on the topic of youth in Armenia.
The Ministry for Youth explains the youth report
Youth research and statistical data is not widely available in Armenia, as there have been only two reports on the situation of young people. Which are defined differently from how we do it here in western Europe, as people between the age of 18 – 30. And their views on issues like genderrelations, marriage, divorce, politics. For me striking was, that more then 11 % of all these people sampled were member of a political party. Which the experts explain that some people do not know that they are member of a party and others are only member because its good or expected for their career. When we asked on the views and situations of people below that age, the Ministry people could not give any answer, as apparently they have never done a survey on this.Very interesting and certainly something to learn is the online grant application system of the Youth Ministry, that is also transparent. People have to apply for grants online from 1000 – 5000 EUR and when they report on the use of money, their report and all the recites are put online for everyone to check.
There seems to be further a big difference between structures existing on paper and their actual work and jobs.