Carly Walker-Dawson


Carly has 14 years’ experience as a trainer and non-formal educator on a European and international level. She has delivered over 50 training courses across the globe and her area of specialisation is inclusion from an intersectional approach. The main aim of her educational work is to give people the tools and confidence to develop their own perspectives, become critical analysts of the world, and to empower people to fight for social change. Carly is currently based in the UK.

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Carly Walker-Dawson

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Current occupation

Freelance trainer

Work experience

Carly is the former Secretary General of the International Falcon Movement – Socialist Educational International (IFM-SEI), an international NGO working with children and youth through non-formal education underpinned by socialist values. She delivered non-formal education programmes in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America on topics such as the inclusion of young refugees and migrants, peace education, the prevention of sexual violence using the bystander model, inclusive body-positive sex education, and youth participation.

Carly has a strong theoretical and practical background in non-formal education methodology and has delivered many Training of Trainers courses for both beginners and experienced trainers. She has delivered training for a number of institutions and organisations such as the Council of Europe, European Youth Forum and SocDem Asia, and she was a facilitator at the World Conference on Youth 2014 on the topic of systemic inequalities. She has a vast experience in creating and delivering Erasmus+, Youth in Action and European Youth Foundation projects embedded in non-formal educational methodology. Carly has co-authored a number of educational resources including the first edition of IFM-SEI’s Rainbow Resources – a manual for gender and sexuality education for kids – and the SALTO-SEE’s second edition of Cherry on the Cake, a handbook for planning and delivering youth exchanges.

Carly has been active within the advocacy and policy field in relation to youth issues and non-formal education. She sat on the Council of Europe’s Advisory Council on Youth during the 2018-19 mandate, where she was responsible for the global education and disability portfolios, as well as sitting on the Programming Committee on Youth. As part of this role she sat on the Executive Committee for the North-South Centre and the Network of Universities (providing strategic direction for the Mediterranean University and University of Youth and Development). She is a former member of the European Youth Forum’s Expert Group on Erasmus+ and Funding. Carly has contributed to expert group meetings of the Council of Europe and EU-CoE Youth Partnership on the topics of non-formal education, education of youth workers, and citizenship education with young people.

Recent training she has delivered include:
• Building Bridges: Project management training for NGOs in Africa, Asia and Latin America to support localised peace education projects
• Peers 2.0: High-level Training for Trainers with a focus on peer education and democratic citizenship
• Training for the Council of Europe Trainers’ Pool on intersectionality
• Let’s Talk About Sex: two parallel seminars for young people on inclusive, body-positive sex education (beginner and advanced)
• Feminism workshop at the Political Management Training for young progressives in Asia
• Adultism – what’s that?: 50/50 seminar on child participation and adultism with children and group leaders

Educational pathway

Carly started her non-formal educational journey in 2005 when she participated in her first international youth seminar. She joined the Educational Network for Solidarity, Democracy and Equality in 2008 as a trainer. Between this time, she participated in a number of non-formal educational seminars on topics such as anti-racism, identity and sexuality, and Training of Trainers. This gave her the foundation for her work as a trainer in non-formal education. Carly graduated with a BA English Language and Linguistics in 2011 from the University of Sussex. She has undertaken a number of professional training courses to accompany her experience of working in the NGO field, including project management, time management, mental toughness training and impact measurement. In 2017 she took part on the Council of Europe’s Training of Trainers in Human Rights Education (TOTHRE). She has dedicated her time the past few months to undertaking an intensive Spanish immersion course in Guatemala to work on her Spanish language skills.

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (advanced) Change Management
  • (advanced) Citizenship Education
  • (intermediate) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (advanced) Communication Skills
  • (advanced) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (intermediate) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (advanced) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (advanced) Drama & Theatre
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (advanced) Event Management
  • (expert) Financial Management
  • (advanced) Fundraising
  • (expert) Gender Awareness & Mainstreaming
  • (expert) Global Education
  • (expert) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (advanced) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (expert) International Youth Work
  • (advanced) Leadership Development
  • (intermediate) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (expert) Open Space Technology
  • (expert) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (advanced) Peace Education
  • (advanced) People Management & Cooperation
  • (advanced) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (advanced) Public Speaking
  • (expert) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (expert) Training of Trainers
  • (advanced) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Exchanges
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (advanced) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (expert) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (expert) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (advanced) European Institutions
  • (advanced) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (intermediate) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (advanced) Children
  • (expert) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (expert) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (advanced) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (intermediate) Africa
  • (intermediate) Asia
  • (intermediate) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation
  • (expert) European Cooperation
  • (expert) Global Cooperation
  • (advanced) Latin America
  • (intermediate) North-South Co-operation

Language Skills

  • (fluent) English
  • (intermediate) German
  • (good) Spanish

Trainer references

This profile was last modified on 2022-05-11

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