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3rd Training Course on Structured Participation in Democratic Processes (MedUni)

The training activity took place
in Hammamt, Tunisia
organised by North South Center & CoE
1-8 May 2016

Aims & objectives

To support youth organisations and activists with a view to improving their capacity to become fully fledge actors of governance in Southern Mediterranean. The specific objectives are:
 To provide training and capacity-building for young people and youth organisations, equipping participants with new principles, tools and opportunities to further develop youth organisations and with initiatives and mechanisms to promote Structured Participation;
 To encourage participation of young people in decision and policy-making by promoting their involvement and interaction in quadrilogue initiatives;
 To foster political mainstreaming of the youth-related issues and youth policy development in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean based on shared experiences, standards and mechanisms of the Council of Europe and in light of regional needs and initiatives.
 To stimulate critical reflection on individual and organisational practice to promote global democratic citizenship (participation and representation in decision/policymaking);
 To map good practices in the development of youth structures and initiatives to promote Structured Participation in Europe and Southern Mediterranean region;
 To foster Euro-Med co-operation and networking

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

This training course focused on the development of competencies of youth workers/activists involved in civil society organisations in Europe and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean.
The course was addressed to young people from Europe (CoE member States) and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. Participants profile:
- Being actively involved in a youth organisation (local, national, regional, international) as representatives, volunteers, trainers and/or youth workers;
- Aged between 18-30 years old;
- Being involved in an organisation, project or initiative that aims at the participation of young people in democratic governance/decision and policy making.

Training methods used & main activities

The training methodology is based on non-formal education and on a number of successful experiences of training for youth workers and youth leaders developed by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe. The educational model is largely inspired by the Global Education Guidelines9, systematized by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe and by the new framework provided by Council of Europe Recommendation on education for global interdependence and solidarity. It will also count with the contribution and experiences of the Education and Training Division of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe and the EU-CoE youth partnership.

Outcomes of the activity

- young activists are trained and equipped with tools related with Structured Participation;
- Quadrilogue actors are mobilised to participate in panel discussions addressing the target group and tackling pertinent relevant and topical themes related to Structured Participation;
- Proposals and recommendations for improved dialogue and interaction are put forward by participants;
- Young people and youth organisations develop joint actions with other quadrilogue actors or between peers and promote intra and inter-regional co-operation;
- Network, partnership and peer-learning between youth organisations are reinforced.
Further info can be found on:
http://www.coe.int/t/dg4/nscentre/News/2016/3rdSPDPtrainingcourse_en.asp

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Develop the program outline with other team members, prepare and run training sessions, contribute to the final report of the training, and support/mentor the participants in their learning process, skills development, and preparing activities.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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