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The International Youth Forum “Greater Europe Meetings: Paris 2015”

The training activity took place
in Limay, Paris, France
organised by Youth Association for a Greater
from 27 July – 2 August 2015

Aims & objectives

The International Youth Forum “Greater Europe Meetings: Paris 2015” has implemented in period of 27th July – 2nd August 2015 in Limay, Paris, France and gathered around 100 people – students, young specialists, musicians, trainers, speakers, politicians and businessmen from over 20 countries (from European Union, Russian Federation and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States), in order to trigger dialog on cultural understanding and cooperation between youth from various countries within the Greater Europe.

During the week participants were engaged in different activities, such as panel discussions at UNESCO and Ecole des Mines, conferences, team building activities, trainings, lectures on various topics, project work and cultural programme.

They also attended a number of high-level lectures, in the presence of important figures such as Mr. Philippe Quéau, Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences to the UNESCO, His Excellency Alexander Orlov, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to France, Mr. Alexandre Boldyrev, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Russian Federation to UNESCO, Mr. Christian Poncelet, Former President of the French Senate…

This international youth forum "Greater Europe Meetings: Paris 2015" was organized in order to empower young people to actively participate in shaping the future societies of the European countries with a better understanding of other cultures.

Aim of the forum was:
Promote mutual, constructive, intercultural understanding (dialogue) between participants

Objectives on this forum were:
- to inspire, empower and open new possibilities for youth in Europe;
- to promote common human values (respect ideas, constructive dialogue, solidarity/responsibility, fairness/sincerity);
- to give knowledge and skills to youth to think critically;
- to promote cultural understanding through education, exchange programs and lifelong learning;
- to provide young people tools for realizing ideas and transform them into the real projects;
- to increase participation in common projects between young people and youth organizations of the European countries;
- to create network between participants for future cooperation;

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

This project has gathered around 100 people – students, young specialists, musicians, trainers, speakers, politicians and businessmen from over 20 countries (from European Union, Russian Federation and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States), in order to trigger dialog on cultural understanding and cooperation between youth from various countries within the Greater Europe.

The trainers team composed of 6 trainers from Russian Federation, Spain, Serbia and Poland prepared and developed the program of the Forum.

Practical preparation, implementation and evaluation of activities have took period of time from 25 July - 2 August 2015.

Training methods used & main activities

The working methods used on this project were non-formal education and informal way of learning. This included: games, energizers, ice-breakers, team building exercises, individual and group activities, work on practical examples in small groups, thematic workshops, discussions, debates, lectures, presentations...

Forum itself was conducted using an interactive and participative approach. Team of 6 experienced trainers was carried out the program of the forum which was based on the experiences, needs and knowledge of the participants.

The training program at the Forum consisted of workshops in team building, generating ideas, project planning, communication of ideas, project evaluation.

Around 40 participants were divided into two groups. They worked in separate directions to find solutions on different issues and generate own ideas and create project proposals.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants had an opportunity to participate in a 7-day long forum with the aim to get necessary knowledge and skills related how to write project proposals and to open new possibilities for youth in Europe. They got concrete tools for realizing ideas and transform them into the real projects.

Through this project participants were in position to make connection and to promote inclusion and cultural exchange among youth in Europe according to the modern European values.

Project activities promoted cross-border cooperation and partnership-building in the field of youth initiatives development that will foster networking between participating organizations/institutions and other interested actors.

Participants visited the UNESCO and Ecole des Mines and had a panel-discussions there.

Lectures on international, intercultural, economic relations and on educational matters were presented by outstanding speakers from across the greater Europe. The lectures were followed by workshops where participants got the opportunity to write project proposals of their own choice based on what they learned during the lectures or what tangential ideas to the topics they came up with.

Participants transformed their project ideas into the projects within Greater Europe concept .

As an outcome, at the end of the Forum week several projects were created:
• Arts for Young Hearts
• Greater Europe Media WatchBlog
• My Mentor
• Flavors of Greater Europe
• Unite Europe
• Greater Europe Clapmob
• Greater Europe Bikes

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

The trainers team composed of 6 trainers from Russian Federation, Spain, Serbia and Poland prepared and developed the program of the Forum.

Practical preparation, implementation and evaluation of activities have took period of time from 25 July - 2 August 2015.

The program of the Forum consisted of workshops in team building, generating ideas, project planning, communication of ideas, project evaluation.

I have worked with my colleague trainer Alina Taranenko from Russian Federation.

An additional responsibility for this couple of trainers (Alina Taranenko and Nick Djeric) was monitoring of project realization, as well as moderating, advising and supporting young trainers for successful implementation of the program activities that happened during this Forum.

The Forum is organized by the Youth Association for a Greater Europe (www.greater-europe.com) with the support of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (www.coe.int/youth) and the Federal Agency on Youth Affairs of the Russian Federation (http://archive.government.ru/eng/power/241/)

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

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