Activity Details (ID# 29578)
||Training course for youth leaders on Euro-Arab youth co-operation
||Within the framework of its project on Intercultural Dialogue – Living Together in Diverse Societies - the Council of Europe’s Directorate of Youth and Sport decided to co-organise, in cooperation with the League of Arab States, a long-term training course for youth leaders involved in and/or intending to become active in Euro-Arab youth cooperation projects.
The course is run in the format of a long-term training course. It will include two residential seminars: the first one in December 2010 (completed) and the second one -on the evaluation and consolidation of projects- in the second half of November 2011. In between these seminars, participants are expected to develop and start a project reflecting the needs of their organisations and those of the young people they work with, based on non formal
learning and intercultural dialogue. The projects have to be developed keeping in mind the values, principles and purposes of non formal learning, human rights education, democratic leadership and youth participation.
The course consists of four phases stretching over a period of one year, including face-toface and distance learning elements (mostly through e-learning), in which each phase and learning feature is equally important. The phases tackle respectively or simultaneously contents of training youth leaders as well as project development and intercultural learning.
Phase 1 – Introduction and preparation of the participants - the Internet, November 2010. This phase served to create a common ground for presentation and communication among the participants of the course. Based on an e-learning platform, this phase included:
• Getting to know each other;
• Building up a learning community;
• Learning how to work with the e-learning technology;
• Share expectations in relation to the course;
• Assess participants’ competences;
• Preparation for the seminar;
Phase 2 - Initial Residential Seminar
5-12 December 2010 (5th = arrivals and 13th = departures), EYC Strasbourg, France
This first residential seminar addressed most of the knowledge-related issues described in the competences. Through inputs, practical workshops and sharing of experiences, the participants expanded their understanding of Euro-Arab youth cooperation, intercultural dialogue, democratic leadership, and youth participation. Moreover, they got the chance to further explore and experiment elements and dimensions intrinsically linked to
training of youth leaders (and to the work on skills, knowledge and attitudes) with a specific focus on Euro-Arab cooperation and non formal learning. They will also got the chance to go further in depth in understanding and analysing the challenges faced by young people in both European and Arab regions.
The objectives of the first residential seminar were:
• To promote tools for a better understanding of the reality of youth policy in participants’ countries;
• To create a common ground for communication and cooperation in the group;
• To develop a common understanding of the course, its purpose, its methodology and its structure;
• To clarify with participants the youth policies and structures of the Council of Europe and of the League of Arab States in the youth field;
• To explore the meaning of intercultural dialogue and human rights education in the context of Euro-Arab youth cooperation;
• To develop a common understanding of youth policy, their implementation and monitoring;
• To develop participants’ competences in youth projects management;
• To get acquainted with the values and principles of non formal learning in the youth field;
• To develop participants’ practical competences in areas such as democratic leadership and youth participation, teamwork, intercultural communication and conflict transformation;
• To evaluate the first phase of the course and e-learning as a feature ad process;
• To prepare the third phase of the course: project development and management;
• To prepare the support mechanisms for the participants during the third phase.
Phase 3 - Project development and implementation. December 2010 - September 2011 - Participants’ countries and the Internet
During this phase, each participant will work on the implementation of his/her project. Participants will benefit from the support and mentoring of the trainers’ team and advice
from experts, if necessary and within the existing possibilities. Project related meetings may be held, bringing together similar projects (modalities to be defined and confirmed). E-learning and the use of e-tools will most probably play an important role in this phase, with exploration of themes and methodological issues related to the course and to the
Phase 4 - Evaluation and consolidation seminar
Second half of November 2011, to be held in a country member of the League of Arab States (probably a Gulf country – to be confirmed).
The second residential seminar will evaluate the overall relevance and achievements of the course. This will be complemented by exchanges of best practices and the consolidation of the network of expertise generated by the course. The e-learning tools will remain available after this final phase (depending on the needs and commitments of the participants).
||05/12/2010 - 12/12/2010
All Council of Europe member states
(with external partner)
|CoE Programmes (PoA and VC)
Living together in diverse societies: youth policy and youth work promoting intercultural dialogue (2010)
Strasbourg, Council of Europe
||League of Arab States - Other