We are excited to launch our new project – Young Migrants Can Achieve Change (YMCAC). We are working in partnership with organisations, including SIRIUS Policy Network on Migrant Education, to equip young migrants with the tools to make positive changes in their local communities.

This blog post is from one of our participants, Ibtihal, who attended Policy and Advocacy training with the University of Youth and Development in Spain through our partnership with SIRIUS.

Policy Advocacy Training Experience

During the October half term holiday 2022, I was granted the opportunity to travel to Spain for a week to participate in Policy and Advocacy training with the University of Youth and Development. This was organised by the North South Centre of the Council of Europe, in which I gained knowledge on migrant education, the vitality of campaigns and how to start one. I travelled relatively alone with the accompaniment of a cousin, meaning we had to socialise with others there. With the wonderful opportunity to work alongside people who originate from different parts of the world. During my time there, I was able to communicate and bond with everyone despite the language barriers. We were able to work together to create not only wonderful pieces of work, but create a welcoming environment that made everyone comfortable.

As Patrice Samuel Robinson said:

“Travelling teaches you valuable lessons. When you build relationships with the many cultures of the world you see their beauty and also begin to understand their challenges in life. Not just your own.”

Next Steps…

After this training, me and my peer have decided to work on an advocacy campaign together with the organisation Sirius Policy Network. We aim to create a safe space for all youth, bridge the gap with ageing communities and solving community challenges. We will continue to work on our campaign and put it into action.