HOW DO YOUNG PEOPLE AND ADULTS COMMUNICATE? WHAT ARE EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES TO ENGAGE INTO AN EQUAL PARTNERSHIP?
representing the Youth Leadership Working Group, the
The side event recognized that no partnership will ever be
PACT, the UN Youth Delegate Program and a CSO partner-
completely without inequalities and power dynamics. How-
ship from Ghana.
ever, if we are open and transparent about our expectations and roles, we can come a long way! Delegates, young people,
UN representatives were inspired, gained new insights and
How do young people and adults communicate? What are
some even mentioned that they intend to organize similar
effective strategies to engage into an equal partnership?
dialogues within their own networks and communities.
And how do we share expectations? It is often thought that adults bring ‘more valuable’ knowledge and experience to partnerships than young people. This was challenged during the event: “… we need to move away from a paradigm that values certain knowledge and experience more than the other, every individual has a own unique contribution!”