Program: Visegrad fund
Venue: Lankaran, Azerbaijan
Dates: 26 August—1 September 2021
National team size: 1 participant+1 facilitator
Participating countries: Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia
Hosting organisation: Müasir Gənclərin İnkişafına Dəstək İctimai Birliyi/Support for the Growth of Modern Youth’ Development Public Union
The focus of the “Facilitator School” project is empowering the capacities of new young trainers in the facilitation field in 7 districts of the Southern region of Azerbaijan. On the other hand the project is aiming to establish an international network with V4 countries and exchange experiences by creating a facilitator pool. The Southern region is one of the low socio-economic developed regions. Some districts (Lankaran, Astara, MasallI) in the region are identified as more religious and conservative areas of the country. Currently mentioned districts have high statistics of low quality education, early marriage, drag using problems. However there are many talented active young people in the districts .
One of the main problems about youth participation, youth work and education is human resources. Although there are few new trainers and youth advisers are active and have been trying to add values for education and capacity development of the region. On the other hand who are involved in training in those districts most of them are not qualified trainers and not aware of facilitation. There are 17 registered local NGOs in 7 districts of the region. Our inquiry shows that other NGOs invite trainers and facilitators out of the region. There is great need to develop capacities of current trainers of the region by exchanging international experiences. We are planning to grow qualified facilitators for the capacity building of the region in future.