This is a reference for Eleni Stamouli

"Young Ethical Consumers in the Fight Against World Poverty!"

The training activity took place
in Athens, Greece15 – 19/03/2010
organised by Fair Trade Hellas (EYF funding)
15 – 19/03/2010
Reference person

Matta Samiou

(Part-time trainer)
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Aims & objectives

The main themes of the seminar are:
- Non Formal Education as a means of facilitating the social inclusion of young people and children.
- Peer education and awareness on the issues of poverty in the world, but also in the city
- Ethical consumption as a responsible way of fighting poverty
- The organisation and realisation of raising awareness activities for young people

The objectives that we want to achieve are:
- to bring together young people from different national and social backgrounds with the aim to promote dialogue and solidarity among them
- to raise discussions on the causes and results of world poverty
- to introduce ethical consumption and how it can become a tool against poverty
- to empower peer education
- to facilitate participants to put the knowledge they gain into practice

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

The training course had 28 participants from the following countries:
Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, UK

Training methods used & main activities

Main elements - Methodology
1) Presentation of the reality of young people living under the poverty line in the world : simulation exercises and working groups with facilitators
2) Link with urban poverty in developed countries: exercises that encourage active participation, round table for sharing of experience, visits to less privileged areas in Athens and NGO's that work with disadvantaged youth.
3) Introduction of responsible consumption - consumer's power: presentation and non formal education exercises.
4) Responsible consumption campaigns around the world: lecture by expert and plenary discussion
5) Presentation of methods to organise raising awareness activities for young people: workshops facilitated by experts
6) Putting theory into practice - planning an activity to take place in their country to give participants the chance to present responsible consumption and practice their presentation and multiplier skills.
7) Conclusions and evaluation of the meeting - preparation of the follow up meeting: evaluation with verbal and visual means and leadership team meeting.

Outcomes of the activity

There was a follow up meeting to discuss further cooperations as well as the editing, translating and dissemination of the final product of the seminar, the "Young Ethical Consumers in the Fight Against World Poverty Guide", a CD-ROM about raising awareness activities with a focus on peer education.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the only full time trainer in this activity. I communicated with the participants before the training course, coordinated the other part-time trainers/contributors, did the logistics, run almost all the activities, did the final report and organized the follow up meeting. I also edited the "Young Ethical Consumers in the Fight Against World Poverty Guide", the final product of the seminar.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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