This is a reference for Fabio Capuano

Rural Innovators

The training activity took place
in Ponta Delgada, Azores-Portugal
organised by Solidaried'arte
1st to 8th of February 2018
Reference person

Joao Oliveira

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Aims & objectives

Therefore the overall aim of the Training Course "Rural Innovators" is to empower youth workers, volunteers who could tackle this problem with more innovative ways, methods or simply ideas.

Since the projects covers many fields it has sub aims:
-Share experiences and best practices, so building long term partnership among organizations.
-Support development of grass root initiatives and ideas.
-To strengthen partner organizations as a key players in their communities
-To stress solidarity in building capacity of rural youth at the same time showcasing unity in diversity
-Promote rural places as space of great learning.
-Enhance intercultural learning.

For the raised aim, such objectives follows:

- To inform and showcase that rural youth has equal rights and opportunities to use Erasmus + benefits (EVS, TC, Study, Youth exchanges and etc.)
- Teach how to motivate youth to be initiator for self development and growth accordingly being initiator in their community
- Work on how to build youth entrepreneur skills and increase their employability possibilities
- Improve youth workers, volunteers organizational skills
- Share knowledge and good examples of various projects that could be carried out in rural areas.
- Increase participants confidence to work in groups and international environment
- Train their leadership skills
- To foster future projects
- To encourage sharing and learning between countries and cultures

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

23 participants from Portugal, Spain,Italy, Albania, Georgia, Serbia, Denmark.

Participants with different backgrounds and knowledges between sustainable development, youth empowerment and employment. Participants should be active youth workers with relevant experience who have been previously included in practical activities using non-formal methodologies.
There were also youth workers, rather coming from rural/disadvantaged areas, with motivation and strong intention but not so rich experience working in the field of the TC, especially at international level.

Training methods used & main activities

The programme was based on non formal education and will be conducted using an interactive and participative approach: active group/teamwork, role-plays, outdoor activities and plenary discussions, as well as theoretical inputs and technical learning, will characterise the programme of the course in order to cover all aspects related to the themes of the project.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants learned new non-formal tools and methods, new knowledges about support offered through social funds; new competences in managing groups of youngsters for using inclusive and respectful terminology and dynamics.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Main Trainer: I designed the programme and implemented it

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

Favio has been a long, long dear friend and partner. His dedication, professionalism, competence and knowhow, is by me recognized, both personally and professionally.

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