Future for You(th): Young people as Leaders of Life Skills Education in the Balkans

Contract partner: CARE Österreich, Verein für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und humanitäre HilfeCountry: Europa, regional/länderübergreifend Funding amount: € 1.200.000,00Project start: 01.03.2021End: 29.02.2024

Short Description:

Overall goal

The overall objective is to contribute to creating positive and peaceful societies for young people in Serbia, Kosovo, Albania and Bosnia & Herzegovina that embrace and promote gender equality and non-violence. The outcome is gender-transformative life skills education fostered to become an integral part of education programs at schools and juvenile correctional institutions.

Expected results

Output 1: - Elementary schools, high schools and universities are equipped to effectively deliver and lead the implementation of CARE’s life skills program (Program Y) to support young people in their safe transition to adulthood.

Output 2: Juvenile correctional institutions pilot CARE´s life skills program tailor-made for youth at risk (Program Y Plus) to prevent radicalization and contribute to re-socialization.

Output 3: Communities are mobilized and take an active role in initiating the educational policy change, securing stronger public voices for youth within the Future 4 You(th) movement.

Output 4: Governmental bodies empowered to develop strategies to institutionalize life skills programming through multi-stakeholder consultation processes


Target group / Beneficiaries

The target group will include at least 200 representatives of decision-making institutions; 500 high and elementary school teachers; 160 social welfare staff; 47,800 young people from 11 to 30 years old in elementary schools, high schools, universities, as well as youth in communities; at least 17,000 local stake-holders in mobilized communities and at least 30 representatives of seven local partner organizations. In total this results in 65,690 direct beneficiaries.


The target groups will be engaged in capacity development programs and quality assurance and institutionalization of life skills education and training, strategic advocacy activities, conferences, workshops and campaign activities. New tools (online courses for teachers/educators and peer educators) as well as other online resources will ensure continuous access to capacity building resulting in an enhanced sustainability of the program.


The proposal contributes to the strengthening of regional cooperation and the support to the EU accession, cornerstones in the ADC Regional Strategy by establishing a regional dialogue on life skills education and gender equality and by supporting enabling and harmonized educational reforms. Advocacy, institutional support and the creation of a regional youth-driven social movement concerning the need for life skills education will be mutually reinforcing and key components of the intervention, becoming direct contributors for an enhanced governance in the region and therefore aligning with ADC regional thematic priority of governance and human rights. Additionally, life skills education will mitigate challenges that may reduce young people’s ability to participate fully in many aspects of life, including overall education and access to employment.

project number8305-00/2021
source of fundingOEZA
sector Grundbildung
modalityProject-type interventions
marker Gender: 2, Democracy: 1
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    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
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    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
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