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3E by World Carfree Network Europe

The training activity took place
in York, England
organised by World Carfree Network Europe
from 23 - 26 June 2010
Reference person

Cigdem Cevrim

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Aims & objectives

European Youth Foundation project by name "3E by World Carfree Network Europe" took place on 23-26 June in York, England.

World Carfree Network brought together organisations and individuals dedicated to promoting alternatives to car dependence and automobile-based planning at the international level and working to reduce the human impact on the natural environment while improving the quality of life for all.

The objectives of this international event were to facilitate and empower youth participation, promote social inclusion of young people across cultural boundaries and train them to organise successful transport and urban environment campaigns.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

Target group of this event were Young people, Youth leaders and Youth Policy Makers.

This training brought together emerging youth leaders in our international network to study strategies for strengthening social cohesion across cultural boundaries with the aim of equipping, encouraging and empowering them to promote participation and active citizenship in sustainable transportation policies.

The participants were from Croatia, Turkey, Hungaria, Sweden, Denmark, Spain, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and France.
Total number of participants was 23.

Training methods used & main activities

Training activities that trainers used in this training course were combination of formal learning and non-formal education methods.

Through the exchange of ideas, networking and the creation of new cross-border projects we have strengthen the international ties between the European youth NGOs and fostered intercultural, non-formal learning in a multicultural framework; by monitoring and promoting local mobility, transport and urban development projects across Europe we will highlight the need for urban development to strengthen social cohesion and to become more inclusive for young people.

Outcomes of the activity

"3E" by World Carfree Network Europe was a capacity building event for young NGO leaders to equip, encourage and to empower the youth on their rights and role as citizens in a democracy.

23 young people interested in equality, environment, urban planning and sustainable transport gathered in York, UK, for four days of workshops, debates and discussions.

We discussed the theory of traffic power hierarchy: a structuralist way of looking at the city and the problems with cars and automobility. Participants worked in small groups to explore the city of York and at the end presented one example of the traffic power hierarchy that they found on the streets.

Policy-makers and organisations at all levels in Europe have recognized the urgency of rethinking our urban environments to be more inclusive of young people in particular. Civil disturbances in European cities have highlighted need for urban development strategies that reduce social exclusion and actively involve people of all social and cultural groups in decision-making.

More info about project on:

Training supported by Council of Europe and European Youth Foundation and organized by World Carfree Network Europe

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was trainer/expert in this event. In total 4 international experts were leading this event.
Experts from Sweden, Denmark, England and Serbia gave a range of inspiring workshops on active citizenship with regard to youth, mobility and urban environmental issues. Specific themes included capacity building, online outreach, actions such as organising carfree days, project management for NGOs, presentation/promotion of Council of Europe and European Youth Foundation, engaging with the media and fundraising.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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