we are about to end one of the most difficult years in our lives. The pandemic is affecting our families, our routines and our professional expectations. In the Rural NEET Youth Network, we have been doing our best to adapt to these challenging times, opening up opportunities for collaboration, publication and Action dissemination.
Even under so hard circumstances, we managed to prepare our first deliverables. WG1 presented 14 national reports about the situation of rural NEETs in different member countries. WG2 produced a manual for the classification of intervention best-practices with rural NEETs. These documents are the baseline of the upcoming Rural NEET Youths Observatory, our ultimate target to be delivered in 2023. We all know how much work many members invested in producing these documents. As a Chair, I would like to show my appreciation for these members’ commitment and effort.
We all hope 2021 increases our collaboration and visibility as a community gathered around knowledge and networking goals. For the time being, and while the pandemic is still a reality, we are trying to move forward. Very recently, the Action MC approved a budget revision for the second Grant Period. That revision will enable us to support our Autumn call activities. This call includes a broad range of dissemination opportunities. Fortunately, many of these calls were very well welcomed by the members. Also WGs management teams are preparing several activities. A summary of this is provided in this newsletter.
From my side, I hope that in 2021 we are finally allowed to come together to discuss, share, agree and disagree and build together our goals as COST Actions are supposed to so.
Above a beyond that, I wish you personally all the achievements and happiness in the new year.