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Engage Change in Middle East

The training activity took place
in Paphos, Cyprus
organised by Young for Peace
06/03/ 2005- 11 /03/2005
Reference person

Tzeni Georgiou

(Organiser)
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Aims & objectives

1) aims & objectives:
• to explore the theme of youth engagement in the Middle East Countries
• to advocate for the techniques of non-formal learning
• to provide participants with the tools to promote the youth engagement in the youth organisations and the local communities
• to explore the opportunities for further cooperation

2) target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team:
Young people and youth leaders from Cyprus, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestinian Authority.
3) training methods used:
Discussions in the plenary, Small group discussions, Exercises, Verbal and visual presentations.
4) outcomes of the activity:
• Development of methods to engage young people in youth organizations in different Middle East countries and to reinforce them to lead change in a framework of cooperation.
• Learning of techniques of non-formal learning in order the participants to use them in their own organisations
• Knowledge about youth work practices in different Middle East countries
• Preparation of the participants to take more active roles within their organisations and their communities

5) your tasks and responsibilities within the team:
Main trainer of the training course. Preparation, cooperation with the team in order to form the daily program, thematic units etc, implementation, evaluation.

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

20 participants from 7 countries of Europe and Middle East, 4 trainers from 3 different countries.

Training methods used & main activities

The methods employed included:
• Verbal and visual presentations. This method helped the participants to keep track of what is being said; to be able to have a look at what was talked about even after the session is over. Options included: flipcharts, projector, power point, drawings, post-its, posters, paintings etc.
• Small group discussions. This method provided more possibilities for cooperation, interaction, sharing, brainstorming, pointing out different points of view, making the traditional lecturing activity more interesting as well as the interaction in the group more strong.
• Exercises. Exercises enriched the existing experience with new things and require sharing and provided the chance to try out skills and behavior and to check hypothesis in safe conditions.
• Discussion was an important step when solving problems. It is the stage where the points of view were clarified, hypothesis were formulated, certain opinions were evaluated and decisions were taken.
• Brainstorming: a method which gived the possibility to generate a big number of ideas in a short period of time in order to solve a problem. The main idea behind brainstorming was to separate the moment of suggesting and creating ideas from the moment of their evaluation.
• Cultural presentations with the use of theme walls. Participants presented their countries and their organisations in order to be able to recognise similarities and differencies, learn from them and identify future partnerships based on common needs and aspirations.

Outcomes of the activity

The impact on the participants was:

• to gain knowledge about practices when working in the field of Peace building in Europe and Middle East
• to learn ways to engage youth to participate more strongly in their organizations and their communities.
• to identify the significance of obstacles which affect the daily life of the youngsters in the communities facing conflict results.
• to develop methods to engage young people in youth organisations and to reinforce them to lead change in a framework of cooperation.
• to expand their learning of other cultures.
• to develop an understanding of a European citizen’s responsibilities within the world, it’s economy and environment
• to learn techniques of non-formal learning working with young people and to be able to use them in their own organisations

• to develop new partnerships and projects together.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Trainer

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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