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Promoting European Citizenship Through Media

The training activity took place
in Durres, Albania
organised by Youth for Society
24-30 November 2009

Aims & objectives

This training course was designed for young leaders and youth workers from EU and SEE countries, interested in promoting European Citizenship through youth media.
The training course addressed the issues of European Citizenship and youth participation and providing an opportunity for those involved in youth work to improve their knowledge how to promote European Citizenship through media work with young people and as well as the Youth in Action programme as a tool for promoting youth participation.
During the project participants discussed the significance of youth participation and citizenship, exchange best practices and prepare different types of media products (press releases, newspaper, photoblog) in order to reach their target audiences to promote active citizenship.

Objectives:
• Raising awareness and understanding of the significance of active European citizenship and youth participation among participating youth workers and youth leaders
• Improving the participants’ knowledge on implementing youth projects promoting European citizenship employing youth media tools
• Sharing information and exchange best practices among participants on promote active European citizenship and youth participation, as well as “Youth in Action” programme as one of the tools of encouraging young people to participate in community life
• Exploring issues related to youth work as a tool of promoting participation and active European citizesnhip by young people in the system of representative democracy promotion youth participation
• Developing future projects focusing on active European citizenship and media
• Fostering mutual understanding and promoting cultural diversity between young people in Europe

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

Participants:
24 participants from Portugal, Romania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Turkey, Serbia, Italy, Albania

Team: one Polish and one German trainer, two Albanian project coordinators

Training methods used & main activities

The applied methods were based on a trainee-centered approach and non-formal education. Concretely those were brainstorming, interactive exercises, theatre sketches, group work, discussions and debates.

Outcomes of the activity

The participants were sensitized with the concept of European citizenship and media tools in promoting active youth participation on local, national and international level. A specific focus of the training course was the cooperation with partners from South-East Europe in regards to European integration. Hence, the participants improved their knowledge in using media tools for promoting active citizenship. As concrete outcomes the project participants brainstormed 15 project ideas from which five were more elaborated.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

The tasks included: concept development for session outlines, programme design, conduction of session, evaluation of sessions, daily evaluations, overall evaluation of the training, reporting

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

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