Training Course in Chisinau Moldova
The training took place in Hotel Institutul Muncii in Chisinau, Moldova. The training course recruited people active in different socio-economic sectors - youngsters, public authority representatives, youth workers and representatives of the organizations active in the field of youth. Highlighted topics of the week were: Youth Work, Youth Participation and Youth policy.
The training team arrived at the venue one day before, on 10 March 2018, in order to meet for fine-tuning of the agenda and coordination of facilitation. The first day of the training course was focused on the introduction part: participants getting to know each other and building a team to work together more productively. On the same day, participants got to know the objectives, activity programme and schedule for the upcoming week. In the evening, participants had an opportunity to introduce their organizations during the Gallery of Organizations.
On the second day, youth work and participation was defined and discussed in the small groups.
Participants brainstormed and came up with the cases from their own communities concerning the following frames: Right, Means, Space, Opportunity and Support. Besides, they got to know what are the 8 steps of youth participation according to Hart’s Ladder of Participation. The highlight of the third day was European charter on youth participation. Participants found out how Local and Regional Authorities should support young people in their communities. three sections of the Charter: Part one giving local and regional authorities guidelines on how to conduct policies affecting young people; part two, which provides some tools for furthering the participation of young people and the third part, which advises on how to provide institutional conditions for the participation of young people.
Then the participants in country groups painted their community map and identified where the young people are and what are the main challenges for youth participation in each community. Based on the discussions, youngsters, public authority and civil organizations’ representatives composed the Problem Tree and a Solution Tree for each municipality. The problem tree of youth non-participation, together with the solution tree was used as a methodology for identifying main challenges, core problems, issues along with their causes and effects, helping project participants to formulate clear and manageable objectives and the strategies of how to achieve them.
Participants from the EaP countries conducted research on youth policies in their countries: structural elements of municipalities which are involved in youth matters, programmes and sub-programmes, budgeting etc, while country groups from Sweden and Finland identified key elements of youth work in their countries. Groups posted this information on the forum in a way that other participants could ask questions, comment and discuss the matter in the separate section.
The second part of the training course focused more on planning programmes for the next phase of the project: Fellowships to Finland and Sweden and also for the Youth Exchange. On the last day participants together created an action plan and evaluated the project.
The objectives of the training course were:
to prepare participants and organisations for the fellowship, give them set of competences which will ease their learning during the whole process;
to acknowledge and increase the recognition of non-formal education and informal learning;
to explore the needs and the challenges of the national youth policies in EaP and EU;
to discover the diverse aspects of youth participation, reflect about roles, responsibilities, challenges and needs, to understand different types of active citizenship for youth and the role of each individual as a potential change-maker and active part of society;
to gain practical competences in intercultural dialogue, networking both in an international and national level, as well as in communication, campaigning and in critical thinking;
to reflect on the learning needs and set expectations, possible contributions and manage the challenges the project may face.