Youth Tea Talk and European Union Integration

Meeting of AMAD’s youth workers and activists with Tirana Municipal Council member Klodiana Beshku, professor of Political Sciences lecturing Geopolitics and International Relations’ Theories. Discussions focused on youth empowerment, career, discrimination, EU integration and Albania’s path towards EU membership, freedom of movements in the Internal Market and opportunities for youth, national and local strategies for youth employment in Albania, etc.

“Youth Tea Talk and EU” gathered experts of politics, EU studies, youth workers and youth activists in a roundtable of discussions to talk about:
🔹 The empowerment of young people
🔹 Career orientation
🔹 Labor Market in Albania
🔹 National Youth Strategy and the local ones
🔹 Integration of Albania into the EU
🔹 EU policies for youth empowerment
🔹 Trend of internal and external migration (in EU countries) – barriers, the opportunities and challenges.

This activity was carried out as part of “Fuqizona” program in revitalizing the activism and also promoting EU values that stands also in our “Colors of humanity” projects, co-financed by the EU and “Growing youth capacities” supported by the Minister of State for Youth and Children and National Youth Agency in Albania.

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🔛🔜Such activities will take place during the month of May (as the Month of Europe).



Increasing youth capacities in soft skills and digital skills

This project responds both to the need of young people in finding themselves approaching the labour market, and the need to improve the capacities of youth workers, who must be professionally prepared in the treatment of young people, career counselling and assisting their need in developing digital skills and soft skills.

Through this project, AMAD aims to promote the education of young people, especially youngsters with fewer opportunities due to the socio-economic factor, with an approach focused on digital skills and the development of soft skills, interaction with other young people and more importantly, civic education and active involvement. A website, which will become a Virtual Youth Center, designed, and built by the targeted youngsters is brought as an innovative approach by this project after the trainings and mentorship in design, programming, Microsoft packages, content creator, etc., as well as those for training soft skills, such as: communication, critical thinking, etc.

The empowered group of youngsters in this project will bring a drafting of a project proposal by the youth themselves, on a specific chosen topic by them.

This project will have a duration of 10 months for the realization of the planned activities and will be realized with the support of the National Youth Agency (AKR) and the Minister of State for Youth and Children (MSHRF).


COL-Colors of Humanity

The project “Colors of Humanity” (COL) is an international action to be implemented by a consortium of organizations on four countries: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria and Kosova. AMAD has the leading role/coordinator in this consortium. The project is co-financed by EU under the Erasmus+ Programme: Capacity Building in the field of Youth.

COL promotes EU values gender equality and counter discrimination through using non-formal education and youth work to create social mechanisms that involve different stakeholders.

The activities of COL will be focused on:

  • Empowering youth workers competencies in promoting EU values of non-discrimination, tolerance, inclusive societies
  • Support and raise the advocacy capacities
  • Increase the involvement of several stakeholders on gender antidiscrimination and awareness activities
  • Raising awareness and advocacy countering hate speech

This project will be implemented for period of 2 years, beginning on 1st of January 2023 and ending on 31 of December 2024.

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In “Herët në MCN” TV program studio with journalist Etelina Nikolla, the executive director of AMAD, Voltiza Prendi, appeared with the collaborators: Orjola Idrizi, director of the Institute of Students who do not Hear; Pëllumb Legisi, music therapist teacher; students Emanuela Gjini and Algend Gjici. Read more

Feel the beat: The project that enables deaf youngsters to “hear” the music

Music is considered food for the soul. Our happiness hormone gets activated when hearing the beat of music. Living in a world with so many sounds and not being able to be part of music entertainment activities makes it feel discriminated and having less possibilities. These barriers have a mental health impact especially among youngsters. The project “Feel the Beat” brings the approach and activities that enables this group of youngsters with less possibilities to live experience the music activities. Brightening up someone’s day is considered our mission specially in this project. Through this project, we aimed in creating and enabling the integration of deaf youngsters through some dedicated spaces where music is played, so that they can experience the feeling of the music vibrations. Read more

Mental health discussion

Reacting on Hate Speech, Improving Teenagers Mental Health

AMAD concluded the project about countering hate speech that brought together various stakeholders. Through the activities of this project 83 teenagers aged 14-18 got involved through essays sharing their experience when encountered hate speech. And hundreds more were involved in the national survey on hate speech, as well as in the focus groups of discussions. Read more

Feel the Beat

Feel the Beat reached today an understanding agreement with the Institute of Deaf Students, as the beneficiary category of this innovative project, the first of its kind in Albania.

Music helps people to boost their confidence, encourage learning about emotions and help develop fine motor skills. Many deaf people play musical instruments and participate in musical activities every day. It is a misconception that this community cannot, or does not, participate in and enjoy music in all its forms. In Albania, based on data from INSTAT, there are 39,000 people with different levels of hearing loss from mild to profound deafness, from children with attached ears to those who have lost their hearing at a later stage of life.

Musicians with hearing loss often use the vibration of their instrument, or the surface it is connected to, to help them feel the sound they create, so even though they may not be able to hear they can use the vibration caused by musical sound to help them ‘hear’ music.

The journey we want to take consists of several stages: from education through percussion instruments to performance and enjoying live music in clubs. The musical vibration device is a very efficient and hands-free way to tap into these all-important sound-induced vibrations.

Europe Day 2022, Vienna/ Europatag 2022, Wien

Promoting common Albanian-European values and conveying the rule of law principles was the goal of Albania’s representation by AMAD at Europe Day 2022 in Vienna, Austria.

Representing Albania in activities that promote values and integration in the EU is one of the four pillars of AMAD’s program areas in contributing to the democracy, transparency, the rule of law, solidarity, etc. In addition to many promotional and lobbying activities, with a dedicated stand to the event and equipped with promotional materials, implemented under the title “Europatag 2022” (German: Europe Day 2022), AMAD also managed to hold a meeting at the Albanian Embassy in Vienna, together with the partner organisation Vienna goes Europe. In the meeting with the Ambassador Mr. Roland Bimo, the executive director of AMAD Mrs. Voltiza Prendi presented the need for inter-institutional cooperation with civil society in a common objective in the interest of the communities.

Diversity, infodemic, integration and progress policies, the role of societies and non-governmental organizations were some of the issues discussed at the meeting.

The AMAD Center together with me Vienna goes to Europe continue the activities thanks to the already consolidated partnership.