This is a reference for Edouard PORTEFAIX

Living Together and Peace Education in Youth Work: Cross the Border! II

The training activity took place
in Bouvante, France
organised by CEMEA Rhône-Alpes
21 - 30 November 2014
Reference person

Snezana Baclija Knoch

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Aims & objectives

Cross the Border aims to engage with young people facing conflict and challenging intercultural situation by providing them with a neutral ground where they can meet and participate in a positive experience in living and learning together.

• To share and learn from each other as young people involved in the youth field who are confronted with intercultural challenges and violence in their everyday life;

• To reflect personally and collectively on the concepts of non-violence, human rights, intercultural learning and dialogue;

• To share among participants their personal experiences of conflict and violence and their coping strategies, identifying what is common and specific between them;

• To explore new ways of communication and dialogue
through creative and innovative activities;

• To learn about young people’s realities in the participating countries;

• To motivate and support participants in their role as multipliers and peer leaders in intercultural dialogue and confidence-building activities with young people from their organisations and communities;

• To build connections with other projects and
organisations active in the field of youth, intercultural dialogue and conflict transformation to enable the sharing of good practices and develop synergies at local, regional and international levels.

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

The activity brought together 20 young people active in the youth field from Armenia, Azerbaijan, France, Georgia (including South Ossetia), Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

The educational team was comprised of 3 trainers from France, Serbia and the UK

Training methods used & main activities

The training team resorted to a large array of approaches and activities to cover the project objectives and meet at best the needs of the group. Non-formal education methods were the grounds on which the programme was developed. It included experiential learning, discussions in plenary or small groups, creative and artistic activities and spaces for personal reflection, among others. Every day was concluded by a self-directed session during which participants could – individually or in small groups – review their days, reflect on their learning and express their feelings through creative tools. The evening activities were meant to develop participants’ mutual understanding, enable them to practice their learning from the sessions and relax. English was the language of the course but participants had some occasions to express themselves in their mother tongue. At the end of the week, an evaluation was conducted to give participants the opportunity to reflect on and voice their experience through both formal and non-formal methods. Individual interviews did complete the evaluation process. Participants were supported in their learning by a team of three experienced trainers and two support staff.

Outcomes of the activity

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Project coordinator and trainer

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

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