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Get up, Stand up! A training course on democracy and active citizenship in the field of youth work

The training activity took place
in Bonn, Germany
organised by JUGEND für Europa (DE National Agency), Human Resource Development Centre (BG National Agency), Erasmus+: Youth in Action National Agency Portugal (PT National Agency)
Reference person

Stefan Georgiev

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Aims & objectives

The main aim of the Get Up, Stand Up! training course was to explore and understand how democracy and active citizeship are translated into youth work practices and to support participants to better empower young people as active citizens.
The training course has the following objectives:
● To increase the understanding of the concepts of democracy and active citizenship.
● To explore how individual beliefs and values influence youth workers’ educational approach.
● To explore the challenge of being an educator in complex and ambiguous times.
● To understand how promoting democracy and active citizenship can lead to active participation of young people.
● To explore the opportunities of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme to better support active citizenship among young people.
What can you gain out of Get Up, Stand Up! TC
The training course will create the conditions to:
● Better support young people to explore the dimensions of active citizenship in democratic contexts
● Face ambiguity, complexity and responsibility which come along with being an active member of the society
● Experience how approaches like Betzavta [democracy and peace education] and Human Rights Education work within the topic of the TC
● Know about good practices related to active participation in the field of youth work
● Explore different tools for more active participation.

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

The group was composed by 13 participants from 6 countries - Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Turkey. The group was composed by experienced youth workers, newcomers in the Programme and local decision makers. The team was composed by 3 trainers from Portugal, Germany and Bulgaria.

Training methods used & main activities

The educational approach and the methodology of this training course were based on the principles of non-formal learning.
Participants were invited to reflect upon their own understanding of democracy and active citizenship as individuals and professionals at different levels [organizational, local, national, European, global]. By exploring good practices and project examples, the participants then transfered the acquired competences and reflections to their youth work realities and drafted an action plan on how to better support young people in their political and active participation in the society.
A range of methods, including group discussions, experiential learning activities, role-play and simulations and individual reflections was used to explore the topic of the TC. Examples of the methods used are:
:: An activity from Betzavta approach
:: Democracy museum

Outcomes of the activity

The training created the conditions to:
:: explore democracy behind the democratic mechanisms of society, tackling also our democratic attitudes in relation with other people.
:: understand active citizenship as a set of action based on a political view of society
:: design follow up action, mostly at organizational level.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was a full time trainer responsible, in cooperation with the rest of the team, to::
:: Design a coherent training programme
:: Design and deliver training sessions
:: Feedback and co-facilitate other training sessions
:: Support participans in their learning processes
:: Evaluate the training and deliver the final report.

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

Testimonial of the reference person

With this statement I acknowledge that I have worked with Matia Losego for the preparation, implementation and evaluation of Get up, Stand Up Training course. I highly appreciate the opportunity to work with Matia. He is highly professional trainer with rich experience and excellent understanding what is non-formal learning and how it should be applied in training setting. Matia has also deep understanding regarding the main topic areas of the TC - the role of Democracy, Citizenship, Participation, Activism and what are the relations with youth field. Nonetheless, he has great facilitation skills, graphic facilitation competences, and overall developed essential competence areas f a trainer working internationally. I strongly recommend Matia as a trainer in the field of youth!

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