This is a reference for Carlos De Sousa Santos

“From Rotterdam 2009 to Thessaloniki 2014”

The training activity took place
in Thessaloniki, Greece
organised by Thessaloniki2014: European Youth Capital
14th to 17th December 2011
Reference person

Babis Papaioannou

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Aims & objectives

Promote European Youth Capital initiatives, promote Youth Participation, discuss and develop creative process and non formal education tools on entrepreneurship.
Develop further networking between Project organizations.
Promote entrepreneurship and employment youth initiatives in the main work of European Youth Capitals

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

The Project was lead by Thessaloniki2014 - European Youth Capital from Greece.
The project partners were, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Belgium with special participation from European Youth Forum.
The trainers' team was composed by Michele Colovan, Luca Piazuello, and Carlos de Sousa Santos

Training methods used & main activities

The pedagogical approach of this project was based on Global Education and Non Formal Education principles and values.
The final objectives, contents and programme were defined by pedagogical team having into consideration the profile, needs and motivations of participants and the overall objectives of the long term cooperation project having European Youth Capitals and entrepreneurship as main target of role.
The focus of the training was on the participants/learners and a learning to learn dimension was also explored.
The co-working format of the training was a quite important element because it contributed for the development of intercultural skills and to promote a “learn to live together” experience.
The training team fostered collective responsibility towards the fulfilment of team and participants’ expectations and cooperative learning was a cross cutting key element of the learning process.
Aware that people have different learning approaches, especially in such a multicultural group, the trainers tried to bring different educational methods to the training (video, drawing, theatre, small groups exercise, debate techniques and others), in order to fulfill everyone’s needs.

Outcomes of the activity

After the activity the educators went back and in the framework of European Youth Capitals, implemented a national activity on EYC (from meetings between educators of Pool of Trainers, to workshops, training and other kind of activities).

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

As responsible for pedagogical coordination of the overall European Youth Capitals cooperation project.
I was also the team coordinator of the Youthpass process and active trainer in preparing, implementing and evaluating the activity.
The Project also included a Open Conference on 17 December 2011, where we participated as Keynote speakers.

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

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