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This is a reference for Edouard PORTEFAIX

World Forum for Democracy 2015 - Youth Participation

The training activity took place
in Strasbourg
organised by Council of Europe
16 - 20 November 2015

Aims & objectives

- To bring together young people from the five continents to reflect on and discuss the
challenges linked to freedom and control in a fast-changing world;
- To develop and share ideas on how young people can respond to these challenges;
- To make the voice of young people heard in the World Forum for Democracy 2015;

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

Group: 75 young participants (16 - 30) from 54 different nationalities actively involved in civil society Democracy initiatives at local, national and regional level.

Team: 4 trainers (Romania, Tunisia, Poland and France) and 2 coordinators (Marocco, Germany)

Training methods used & main activities

The programme developed to approach the topics of freedom and control was grounded on non-formal methodology. It included – amongst others – experiential learning, discussions in plenary or small groups, simulation activities.

Outcomes of the activity

The combination of valuable information with work on emotions, feelings and perceptions enabled participants to grasp the complexity of the topic and to reflect on how they, in their local and national realities, could address it differently than the media. The storytelling sessions played an important role in underlining the many perspectives to one same topic, and to reminding participants that in any situation, we are dealing with human beings. The preparatory work with participants allow them to actively, meaningfully and visibly take part in the different sessions of the World Forum.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

Full-time trainer

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

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