FLOW 

March - June 2021

The idea

Through seminars, training programmes, youth exchanges and other educational projects the current challenges of Europe in a globalised world are discussed. Challenges such as the climate crisis, respect for human rights, promotion of tolerance, transcultural exchanges, religious dialogue, global power structures, migration, remembrance work and many more. For this, international projects are very important and there is a need for well-qualified trainers who are sensitive to many issues, think critically and maintain and improve the quality of youth projects in Europe.

There are many activists within the peace movement who want to become active as trainers and organisers of educational projects that contribute to a culture of peace. This is why the International Secretariat of SCI organizes a Training of Trainers, with a special focus on peace education.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • to empower people to give trainings in peace education
  • to provide (future) youth workers with skills, methods, inspirations and new perspectives for peace education to get in a good flow while initiating, organising and managing educational projects
  • to provide (future) youth workers with skills to moderate group dynamics in its different stages as well as to create safer spaces in trainings, seminars and youth exchanges
  • to provide (future) youth workers with skills to involve youth with fewer opportunities in their activities and to design non-formal education for youth with fewer opportunities
  • to share approaches and institutional structures for developing and organising new peace education projects based on the needs of its youth participants (including Project Management and EU fundings)
  • to increase the understanding of intersectional perspectives when facilitating and organising youth projects (global justice, gender, class, race, inclusion, climate justice)
  • to reflect on how power structures can be reproduced in the organisation of projects and how we could integrate the values of the peace movement on all levels of organising educational projects
  • to sensibilise for inclusive, diverse and less discriminating projects regarding human rights and other fundamental and common values of our society
  • to improve the quality of NFE instruments that can be used in future events, projects, training courses, seminars and general meetings
  • to build on experiences on topics and target groups that the partners work with
  • to create more and stronger alliances and solidarity in the peace and volunteering movement, especially between the organisations involved in this application.
  • to come up with new international peace-education projects
  • to establish networks for future cooperation and projects
  • to strengthen European identity and upgrade cultural and intercultural awareness and expression

The activities

“FLOW – Facilitating, Learning, Organising and Welcoming! A critical Training of Trainers” consists of three elements: an online preparation period, an online training course that will take place between 6 March and 27 March, and a follow-up period.

The 13 organisations involved are located in Belgium, Ireland, Estonia, Serbia, Jordan, Ukraine, Slovenia, Russia, Spain, Bulgaria, Hungary and Germany. 25 participants will attend (including the coordinating team). Participants are volunteers, staff and activists of volunteering and youth organisations across Europe. They come from organisations that have expressed a need or interest in having a critical Training for Trainers.

Online Preparation Period

Starting at the end of January 2021

Participants are invited to participate in the online course “Peace in Practice”, which SCI is currently developing as part of an EYF – funded project and which includes a whole chapter on facilitation for peace educators. This will also include a video conference, in which the trainers will introduce the approach of the training and explain how participants can already start thinking about follow-up projects.

Online training course

6 March – 27 March 2021

The Training is split into 5 basic elements: (1) Welcoming, Introduction, Group building, (2) Basics of being a Trainer, (3) Power Structures in Educational Activities, (4) Project Planning and (5) Evaluation & Reflection. In the Training, we will work with different highly participatory nonformal and informal learning methods and focus on creating a strong safer space that is inclusive for participants from different backgrounds.

Due to the pandemic, we transformed the physical training into an online training. We take our experiences from online trainings we organised in 2020 and apply them in this course, now also teaching participants to run online projects themselves. The training consists of 3 complete working days (some being group sessions via video calls on Zoom, some sessions being individual tasks or informal hangouts on Zoom) as well as 6 evening sessions and several individual tasks over the course of four weeks. 

Follow-up Period

June 2021

In the follow-up period until June 2021, each participant will at least run one workshop with their organisation. The planning of the workshops, as well as other follow-up projects (such as international projects), will start during the time of the training itself and we encourage participants to work on it as much in the 4 weeks of the training as possible.

During the follow-up phase, there is also the possibility to get feedback from the project team as well as from other participants in a peer-review process. The workshops and outcomes will be shared in the SCI network and beyond through social media, a follow-up webinar organised by the projects team and the creation of additional sessions for the “Peace in Practice” Online Course.

The expected results

  • trained participants for organising and facilitating new international projects on peace education
  • Local workshops about different topics related to peace as follow-up to the project in the participating countries
  • Ideas and first organisational steps for new international educational Projects
  • New additions to the “Peace in Practice” online course
  • A webinar that will summarize some of the most important contents of the training
  • Social media posts about the project and related topics

Supporters

The FLOW project is supported by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union.

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