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Panel debate: "Popular education as an organizing tool"



Please mark your calendar!

The International YCW, with the support of the International Cardijn Association and the ACV-CSC, is pleased to invite you to a panel debate on the theme: "Popular education as an organizing tool”, its challenges and opportunities in the era of globalization, digitization, work precariousness/unemployment”.

The panel debate will be held on Tuesday 10 September in Brussels, (19 rue Pletinckx) from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

The program is an integral part of the International Team’s plan of work and the international seminar and exchange due to take place in the month of September. It will be a great opportunity to meet friends, activists and long-time fighters, but also the current members of the International Team, leaders of different continents participating in the exchange and the International Team meeting, representatives of the Walloon JOC, KAJ, Spanish YCW and CAJ (Germany), some of whom will take part in the exchange, as well as friendly social organizations.

We will rely on the collaboration of a number of social actors in the panel. Potential speakers are:

Sarah Prenger, president of the International YCW; Luc Carton, philosopher, associate researcher with the Marcel Hicter association for cultural democracy, vice-president of the Fribourg (Switzerland) Observatory on diversity and cultural rights; current leaders of the movement; representatives of the trade union movement (CNE/ACV-CSC) and of people’s and women’s movements, and institutions such as the ILO and COMECE.

We will speak about their experience in organizing social actors, considering the challenges raised by today’s reality in the practice of (lifelong and) popular education (as a form and process of people’s organization).

A drink will be offered at the end of the debate.

We hope that you will honor us with your presence and we ask you to be so kind as to confirm your participation with the International YCW secretariat: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 20 August at the latest.

You are most welcome to attend our event!

The ICA team and the IYCW International Secretariat

Note: there will be simultaneous interpretation into French/English/Dutch.


The relevance of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn

Monday 1 May 2017

from 10 am to 1 pm in the Church of Our Lady of Laeken

National celebration of 50 years Joseph Cardijn death

Cardijn is the founder of the International YCW

( JOC- Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne)

And the inspiration of Christian social organizations.

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International Colloquy of former YCW leaders on the 25th and 26th September 2016 in Aachen, Germany.

« The contribution of past YCW leaders to the reinforcement of the IYCW mouvement today and in the future »

A two-day colloquy will be held on 25th and 26th September 2016 gathering around sixty former YCW leaders from all over the world. It will coincide with the opening of the XIV International Council of the YCW in Aachen

The former members will listen to the present national and international leaders presenting the face of young people today, as well as the challenges faced by the present YCW. The former YCWers will bring and share the synthesis of their testimonies.

The testimonies from the continental delegates will not only describe what the movement brought into their lives, but also what, according to them, the YCW as an organization, brought to the worker and social movements, to the Church, to the society, and answering the question of whether it is still relevant today and will still be relevant tomorrow

The former leaders will reflect upon the contribution they can make to reinforce the movement today and in the future. They can create or multiply national networks able to intercommunicate between them and with the International Cardijn

The opening session of the International World Council and of the Colloquy of former leaders will be held together with the presentation of the reality of today’s popular youth and the corresponding challenges.

Then the Colloquy will hear the synthesis of the preparation work, done by all the former leaders who wrote their testimonies, expressed by the continental delegates. As already mentioned, they will summarize not only what the movement brought into their lives, but also what, according to them, the YCW as an organization brought to the worker and social movements, to the Church, to the society, answering the question of whether it is still relevant for today and tomorrow

We strongly believe that the International Colloquy will be one key activity to bring together present leaders and IYCW former members from different countries worldwide.

IYCW Public Debate - November 13th, 2015

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The International Young Christian Workers (IYCW) wishes to invite you to join us for a Public Debate: “Just Work and new society".

The world today is no longer sustainable. What is happening now is not a financial crisis with economic consequences; it is not a job crisis resulting in huge unemployment. It goes beyond that, it is a crisis of the system. Let us discuss it together.

We hope you will participate in this dynamic exchange of ideas where we will explore the role of young workers at the intersection of just work, policies and workers’ rights in repressed societies.

The debate will begin at 15h on Friday, November 13th, 2015 and will go on until 20:00. The event will be held at: ACV-CSC Building - Rue Pletinckx 19 (Dom Helder Camara Hall), 1000 Brussels, Belgium.

If you wish to attend this event, please register with Nubia Alvarez at +32 (0) 2-242-1811 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope to see you there!

In solidarity,

Ludovicus Mardiyono


IYCW International Council 2016

International Colloquy of former YCW leaders 2016