FINNISH KANUUNA NOMINATED AS A NATIONAL COMPETENCE CENTRE!
The Ministry of Education and Culture has nominated as a National Competence Centre (NCC). This comes with increased functions and resources. The Network will have a larger mandate to develop local level youth work and youth policy:
Creating networks for youth worker training. The Network will be running youth work networks like ”youth work at school”, ”equality and human rights”, ”quality and methods”, ”quality assessment” and ”youth work with +16”. This is to establish practice based learning communities of key youth policy themes for the youth workers nation-wide.
Kanuuna will grow. The Network of the 27 biggest cities in Finland, will expand to other cities and municipalities. It is expected to enlarge its current representation of municipalities covering 60% of young people in Finland and 80% of the volume of youth workers in the country to become a truly representative body of youth work and youth policy in Finland.
Defining the role of youth work within the new regional reform. One of the tasks is to clarify the role of youth work and its structures within the forthcoming creation of regional administration in Finland, whereby social and health services will be located within the responsibility of the Counties.
Developing documentation of youth work. Kanuuna will strengthen the national use of its documentation practices. One essential element is the Swedish model of a Logbook, which will be modified for the use of Finnish municipalities. It will also serve as a report back to the Ministry of Education and Culture.
Increased engagement with national and international youth policy structures and programs. Kanuuna will be a bigger player in national youth policy and will continue its active participation in international action, like that of the InterCity Youth!
The Ministry will support the new NCC with an annual fund of around 350 000 euros.