Programme & action: ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: Training course
Venue: Tirana, Albania
Dates: 11-17 August 2015
Participants: Nina Matoušková
Participating countries: Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Italy, Albania, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Czech republic and the Netherlands
Hosting organisation: Richter – the Cultural European Innovators
“Creative Strategies to Approach Challenging Youth” was a training organized through the cooperation of Richter, the Netherlands (www.richtereu.com) with CAF/FJA, Albania (www.caf-albania.org) and other partner organizations in Pogradec, Albania during 11-17 August 2015, within the Erasmus+ Program.
The training brought together young professionals and youth interested in the field of youth work, from different organizations and countries such as: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Romania and Kosovo. They were actively involved in a comprehensive process of learning, sharing, and establishing networks of cooperation and partnerships.
The training was organized through a non-formal and informal participatory approach and several workshops, simulation games, debates, discussions and energizers, which aimed at finding strategies on how to use creative approaches addressing youth, specifically those with fewer opportunities. In addition, the training introduced several opportunities that Erasmus+ provides to youth by explaining the program and its main concepts.
Networking was another aim of the training, where specific sessions and workshops gave the participants the opportunity to share their experiences and learn about the youth work of each – other’s organization. An integral part of this aim was the “NGO’s fair/market” through which four other Albanian organizations, active in the youth work, shared their experience with the participants and the organizers.
Intercultural learning was another important aspect of the training aiming at a better understanding of and respect for cultural diversity.
At the end of the training the participants expressed their appreciation and also the willingness to develop other similar initiatives and cooperation in the future.