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Youth Workers Turn the Key in Malta Youth Work Project

A photo of the group from Limerick Youth Service in Malta as part of an international youth work project titled ‘The Key’.

Six youth workers from Limerick Youth Service took part in a training programme in Malta recently as part of an international youth work project titled ‘The Key’ (Keep Educating Yourself).

A trilateral youth exchange programme between Limerick Youth Service, ZAK Malta and Bjorknasgy, Sweden, ‘The Key’ will focus on youth employability with a particular emphasis on the role non-formal education.

As part of the week long programme in Malta, the youth workers participated in a number of training initiatives, shared tales of youth work from their respective nations and explored the majestic sites and culture of Malta.



The youth workers also spent time with local youth groups and learned first-hand of the challenges facing Maltese young people from employment to the refugee crisis.

‘We had the opportunity to discuss topics and engage in workshops that relate to culture, employability and creativity,’ said David O’Connor, Limerick Youth Service.

‘We had the privilege of meeting a group called ‘Spark 15,’ who came together because of the different challenges faced by refugee and migrant youth in Malta,’ said David who is looking forward to the next phase of ‘The Key.’

In February, young people from three organisations will travel to Sweden with another group venturing to Malta in June before gathering in Limerick in October to turn the key one final time!

The Key Youth Exchange is supported by Leargas and the Eurpean Union’s Erasmus+ Programme with young people also raising funds to support to support this international youth work project.

A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to supporting and encouraging young people to be active participants in shaping their futures.

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