Vocational training is an important concern of many partnerships. The Mayor of El Qrayeh in Lebanon, Maroun Antoun, emphasised: 'We've done a good job of launching partnerships and projects [with Traunstein]. Now it's time to bring our communities together, because the political leaders will change. It is now a matter of connecting the inhabitants of our towns and cities. Our municipalities face the same challenges and have the same aspirations.'
This is also closely related to youth development, because youth empowerment at the local level is very important, emphasised Muna Queteishat from the Jordanian youth organisation Loyac. If we can involve young people today, show them we value their ideas and support them in implementing those ideas, they are more likely to become actively engaged in solving local problems in the future, rather than migrating.