ALDA and PAJ at the Training of Trainers in Italy
Last week, the second activity of LEADERS project took place in Recoaro Terme, Italy, with the hospitality of Studio Progetto, the project's lead partner and main organiser.
Studio Progetto invited the LEADERS partners from Ecuador, India, Nepal, Senegal, Hungary and France for a five-day training of trainers in leadership, participation, networking and sustainable development. The Tanzian partner could not take part to the event.
Aged from 13 to 50 year-old the participants had numerous activities to exercice their capacities in linking the needs of their communities to the possibilities that public and private partnerships could offer to build a sustainable human habitat and thus impact on the global environment. In this perspective, they were trained as multipliers to pass the message to other persons in peer-to-peer contacts or by coordinating activities on topics of local concern.
These participants will return to their countries and regions, where they will initiate local active groups involving other young people (from July until November 2014). Those local groups will then identify the local needs and develop ideas for grassroots activities with an environmental character. They will then implement those activities in schools, local gatherings and associations where they will raise the understanding of other youth on these specific issues in their region/city/community.
To conclude the project, a final conference will take place in Senegal in November 2014 bringing the partners and participants together to strengthen the youth network and stimulate intercultural learning and tolerance. The participants will present their grassroots projects focusing on environmental sustainability, highlighting the green skills developed by the participants and their ideas for other projects and activities locally as well as globally.
ALDA had the opportunity to link with the Parlement Alsacien des Jeunes to the Regional Council of Alsace and brought two participants who will in return transfer their knowledge to the peers in this regional youth council. We identifed a few opportunities to act in the future at regional and local level and bring other interested particpants in the last activity in Senegal.
LEADERS aims at developing a global partnership of organizations working with young people interested in environmentally friendly societies and capable to act locally to enable a better environment and life for all. This project works on enabling young people to acquire skills and enhance their employability, but also promotes a better intercultural understanding among youth in the world.
A steering committee took place on Friday morning in order to plan the furture activities and foresee a follow-up to this world wide pilot project. Biljana Zasova, Head of Programme Implementation and project manager for LEADERS has attended the meeting as well as the training of trainers. Marco Boaria and Anna Ditta intervened as trainers in leadership and participation.