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"Let's Learn together" Training for Youth leaders and workers working with Roma youngsters

The training activity took place
in Kosice, Slovakia
organised by Iuventa Slovak National Agency
25.06.2008. - 29.06.2008
Reference person

Michal Slachta, INFLUENCE LTD.

(co-trainer and organiser)
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Aims & objectives

"Let's Learn together" Training for Youth leaders and workers working with Roma youngsters.

Main goal of the TC was: to develop competencies of young Roma/Gipsy leaders in analyzing needs of their community and supporting involvement and participation of other community members in new projects and activities.

- To learn about needs analysis of Roma community and how to use opportunities of international cooperation to answer those needs;
- To recognize different resources of empowerment
- To identify stereotypes and prejudices and use them as tool to empower the others
- Finding the roots (how their identify theirselves as Roma, how to recognize their stereotypes and prejudices and how to use their energy to make a change)
- To provide an opportunity to reflect upon and gain a better understanding of the role of youth leaders in the context of civil society and the life of Roma/Gypsie communities
- To improve the basic skills needed to set up and run projects and manage Roma associations
- To give participants an opportunity to share working methods and experiences

Participants of this training course have to be active youth workers, they had to have some practical but personal experience in working with Roma communities. Participant had to be open-minded to changes, motivated to implement new approaches in the daily life and ready to share the experiences.

Team of trainers is composed with 3 trainers: Agnieszka Szczepanik, Poland; Michal Šľachta, Slovakia; Tímea Sófalvi, Hungary.

Participants learned that the international cooperation is available also for them, they started to understand the culture as a process and the cultural dimensions. They could see the Roma history in the frame of history of Europe. They also made first steps in creating their own projects.
We found out that they are really interested in Roma culture and history and they would like to compare Roma groups from different part of Europe. They need support to move on but the most important is just to believe that they can do it.

During worksops the participants learned methods about creating projects (treasure finding - game), learned about stereotypes and prejudices between roma and non-roma communities to each other. I were playing drama situation with the participant about how to motivate your communitiy, and my task was to facilitate of doing SWOT analysis about their community associated with the topic of creating international projects. I also taught some conflict resolution technique to the participants that can be useful in problems come form cultural diversities and differencies.
There were 16 ideas put on the wall during the training and the participants worked on four of them.
An unexpected outcome was that three young Roma participant decided to develop themselves as a trainer and learn methods to help their communities in a more effective way.

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

The target group was roma youth leaders from different countires: they worked with young Roma people and Roma communities. Participants arrived from Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Norway, Serbia, Portugal, Italy and Estonia. We empowered them to start activities with the help of Youth in Action Programme in their communities.

Training methods used & main activities

The aims of the training course were:
- experience of Roma culture and history
- discovering possibilities of YiA programme
- support the participants in creating new international projects involving Roma youngsters (especially youth exchanges)
- sharing experience of working with this target group.
We chose different type of nonformal education activities: brainstorming games, drama improvisation, project simulation games.

Outcomes of the activity

Three of projects that were started to organise during the training were realized later: a drama, a music and a sport topic youth exchanges between the participants.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I took in in the whole process from the planning to the realization. Since I am a drama player, the improvisation part of the training which focused on how to motivate youngsters was my special responsibility.

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

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