Activity Details (ID# 13579)
||Training Course - Global Youth Work
||The North-South Centre and Directorate of Youth and Sport Training Course for Global Youth Work is a week long training course for a maximum of 35 representatives of youth organisations from the different continents and regionas of the world. The aims of this training course are to:
1. develop the capacity of youth organisations to conduct global youth work as a response to globalisation (in terms of engaging with the impact of globalisation on the lives of young people and of influencing / re-orienting the way the process of globalisation develops)
2. train multipliers to develop and implement relevant programmes that aim at furthering a common agenda for global youth work and co-operation, within the framework of the achievement of the Millenium Devemopment Goals and in full observance of the principles of Human Rights
3. maintain and further develop global and interregional relationships and networking within the global youth partnership for development.
Over the course of seven days the participants will be introduced to the complex reality of the effects of globalisation on young people’s lives, issues and controversies of global interdependence, the different views existing on these issues in different parts of the world and will explore how global interdependence relates to young people and the work of youth organisations. On the basis of this analysis the participants will be trained in the different skills and knowledge areas relevant to successfully conduct global co-operation, exchange and awareness raising programmes and concrete actions for the furtherance of a common global agenda.
The role and capacity of youth and their organisations to influence the global agenda constructively, as well as of global youth work as a response to the pervasive impact of globalisation, will be at the heart of the discussion and analysis conducted at the course. The results of the Europe, Youth and Globalisation event, co-organised by the Directorate of Youth and Sport and the North South Centre in May 2004, clearly demonstrate that youth organisations need support and training constructively participate in the development of alternative, more democratic and transparent forms of global governance than those presently in place.
This Training Course is organised in the framework of the 6th University on Youth and Development, an initiative of the North South Centre with the support of the Spanish Government (INJUVE) organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum(YFJ), Spanish Youth Council (CJE), International Movement of Catholic Students (JECI–MIEC), Youth for Development and Cooperation (YDC), Youth Express Network(YEN), Youth for Understanding (EEE-YFU). The participants of the training Course will therefore have the enriching opportunity to share a joint programme and social activities with other young people involved in development and global cooperation.
Background to the Training Course on Global Youth Work
There are millions of young people in the world who have one thing in common, they are in the process of preparing for adult life, seeking to ensure economic independence and become productive members of their societies. For that to succeed, young people require the support and help of their families; the conditions to live in peace; access to educational and health facilities; and productive, enjoyable leisure time. These are basic necessities for young people the world over, irrespective of their race, sex, colour or religion.
At the recent Europe, Youth and Globalisation event, the participating young people and youth organisations concluded that young people world wide face challenges and opportunities as a result of the process of globalisation in four main areas:
- poverty and exclusion
- rights and access
- diversity and living together
- political participation and governance
The problems of young people, like the problems of the rest of society, need to be approached from a global and interdependent perspective. Despite differences, admitted by all, some problems and their causes are the same both in the North and in the South. In other words, there is a close link between the development of young people and society itself. Therefore, beyond the existence of a global reality, lies a youth reality, which should be taken into account in development policies.
Young people, who constitute the majority of the world’s population, are an important force and partner in the field of global Interdependence. It follows, therefore, that youth organisations are social actors who should be recognised as having a role to play in development and who are capable of carrying out projects and programmes in the field of development co-operation. Direct co-operation and exchange of ideas between young people in the North and South is a key instrument of intercultural understanding and global interdependence.
Both the North-South Centre and the Directorate of Youth and Sport have identified youth and their organisations as a priority target for their activities. In doing so, the Council of Europe aims at raising awareness and increasing solidarity among young people and at promoting and facilitating their active participation in the field of global interdependence, solidarity and co-operation. The Council of Europe is also working towards the implementation of policy to include youth perspectives in the development policies of its member states. Hence, through both departments, the Council of Europe strives to support and enhance capacity building for youth organisations in global co-operation and education at national and regional levels.
This project is a natural progression of the training programme for youth organisations developed by the North-South Centre and the Directorate of Youth and Sport over the last two decades. This training programme includes this annual training course for youth organisations, a Euro-Latin American Training Course, a Euro-African Training Course, a Euro-Asian Training Course, several training activities for the promotion of Human Rights Education and a programme on Euro-Mediterranean Youth Training implemented in co-operation with the European Commission through their partnership agreement.
Objectives of the course
• To strengthen the understanding of participants in relation to the complex process of globalisation, its many relationships, the actors involved and the power constellations that influence the way in which it continues to develop
• To engage participants in an in-depth analysis of the impact of globalisation on the lives of the young people they work with, with a view to understanding better the role and function of global youth work
• To reflect on the roles, capacities and competencies of the participants as in the process actors of globalisation, reviewing critically the way in which the process of globalisation develops
• To discuss the role, possibilities and limits of global youth work as a response to globalisation, in a perspective of the further elaboration of a strong network and common agenda for global youth partnership for development
• To explore the knowledge and resources present in the group and to actively reflect on the intercultural process of the course as a means of developing participant practice of global youth work
• To reflect on the challenges identified during the course (especially, that of the multiplication of the knowledge acquired) and ways for participants and their organisations to address them once back home
Principle contents of the course
The main contents of the training will be:
• a solid analysis of the situation of young people and the way globalisation impacts on their lives
• discussion of the place / role / capacity of youth organisations in process of globalisation (being actors of that process)
• analysis of the idea of young people as citizens and of youth organisations and the youth movement as an important part of civil society
• a reflection on the vision of globalisation and global governance that the youth movement, youth organisations and young people would like to promote
• a clear analysis of the implications of globalisation for youth work at the global level
• a reflection on the capacity of youth work at global level to respond to the problems of young people as raised by globalisation
• a reflection on the capacity and role of youth work at the global level to respond to the way in which the world is developing and is shaped by the process of globalisation
• a reflection on the competencies necessary for the elaboration of programmes and initiatives in the field of global cooperation and global youth partnership for development
Methodology of the course
The course is designed as a process of mutual learning, one that takes the participants' experiences as the starting point of the learning process. Active participation and in-depth reflection are the keys to the success of this course. Participants will have the opportunity to compare their approaches to youth work and to challenge each other ways of working.
In methodological terms, the team aims to make the course:
• a safe and respectful environment
• a multicultural environment , with diversity being present in all its senses
• an opportunity ton learn from everything which is different (interucultural learning)
• an experience of non-formal educatuional
• a non-hierarchical space
• learner and learning centred
• an opportunity for learning to learn together
• a co-operative learning environment
• an occasion to learn for change and to participate actively in one’s own learning process
• an action oriented learning experience
• an intercultural experience
This training methodology is based on a number of successful experiences of training for youth organisations organised by the North-South Centre and the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe such as for example: 10 years of North-South Training Courses for Youth Organisations, Euro-Asian, Euro-African Training Courses, the Covenant on Euro-Med youth training and the 30 years of Youth Work Training of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe.
This course is a week-long training Programme using a variety of educational methodologies and methods, such as: thematic, inputs from key experts in the field and the team, in depth debates and challenging discussions with key actors and each other, individual and group research, simulation exercises, experiential learning approaches, examples of good practices, and more. The participants of the Course will also have the opportunity of participating in the joint programme of the University on Youth and Development involving over 220 young people from all over the world, this year focusing on the general theme of the Millennium Development Goals.
Educational team of the course
The educational team for this course is composed by staff of the North South Centre and of the Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe, in addition to several trainers (representing different regions of the world) with relevant experience in youth work and co-operation and resource persons experienced in the issues of the course. The trainers have specific and complementary experience and were recruited specifically to further design and implement this course. The trainers’ team will also reflect gender balance and cultural, political and geographical diversity.
The working languages for this course are English and French. Candidates should be able to work in one of the working languages and should preferably with a passive knowledge of the other. The working languages of the Summer University shall be English and Spanish.
Profile of participants
Participants selected to attend this course shall be:
+ actively involved in structures and associations that are engaged in concrete initiatives grounded in the issues of the course
+ in a position start, set-up or continue the development of programmes within their organisation in relation to the issues of the course
+ interested in and motivated by issues of globalisation and global co-operation
+ aged 18 – 30+ and exceptionally up to 35 years of age
+ speak one of the working languages of the course: English or French
The selection shall consider, in particular, issues of balance – geographical, regional, gender, personal profile / background, minority status, indigenous communities and so on.
The course is expected to achieve the following:
• Increased capacity of multipliers in youth organisations with the necessary skills to develop and run global co-operation programmes
• Reinforcement of a network of youth leaders and organisations with an interest in developing co-operation and actively committed to the strengthening global civil society
• A series of co-operation and exchange initiatives between youth organisations in the different regions
• Increased understanding and dialogue between young people, and their organisations, globally
||12/10/2005 - 19/10/2005
All Council of Europe member states,
Palestinian National Authority,
Republic of Korea,
States Parties to the European Cultural Convention,
(with external partner)
|CoE Programmes (PoA and VC)
Youth building peace and intercultural dialogue (2005)
CEULAJ, Mollina, Spain
||Spanish Youth Institute - National Institution
Spanish National Youth Council - National Institution