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Fundación Telefónica celebrated the second edition of the National Meeting of Young People in Manabí (Ecuador) bringing together 250 people from 12 provinces.
Manta, 28th October 2011.- Fundación Telefónica has organised the second National Meeting of Young People in which 250 persons who were part of the Proniño programme during their childhood or adolescence have taken part. The Proniño programme aims to eradicate child labour and has been present in the country for 13 years.
Ecuador is one of the leading countries in Latin America where Fundación Telefónica implements its Social Programme for Youth in order to provide all-round education and help towards educational continuity, access to employment and the entrepreneurship of young people in vulnerable situations.
The second edition of this meeting was held in Manta (Manabí), from 28th to 30th October, and was attended by over 250 young people from 12 different provinces. They presented the positive experiences performed by the youths in each province and created training spaces on entrepreneurship, rights and young participation, leadership, citizenship, youth management, as well as on the proper use of Social Networks and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
Manabí hosted this second meeting, as it is the first province with two graduates, an example for other youths. Diana Macías and Joel Carreño, who graduated from Social Work, are the first two proud examples of the fact that education is the best way to fight against child labour.
The aim of this programme is to support young people in their transition to adult life helping them, through the new education, job and entrepreneurial opportunities, to develop all their talent and maximise their potential so that they find their place in society. In Latin America and Europe more than 900 youths are part of the international network.
Round tables were also organised at the meeting, discussing the following subjects: