ERASMUS+, Key Action 1: training course
Venue: Riga, Latvia
Dates: 17—25 January 2023
Czech team: Nina Kateřina Ratajská, Daniel Giera, Matouš Vondál, Tereza Kutilová
Please read the info-pack & project booklet
Hosting organisation: Youth Association BIID
The entire Czech team went to the project in Riga called Youth for Future, with great expectations and also o a slight uncertainty about what to expect. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, we had the opportunity to meet representatives from 9 other European countries. In total, we were meeting almost fifty people every day. Throughout the week in Latvia we learned many new techniques for our future and current youth and group work. The main topics were how to work with minority groups, inclusion and integrating individuals into the collective. We mainly used theatre techniques for this purpose, from pantomime expression, to forum theatre, to the use of the Stanislavski method. This included, of course, presentations of our experiences in this field and a description of the current situation in our countries.
Riga offered us a lot of great opportunities for leisure time, and we spent the afternoon before the programme exploring the beautiful snow-covered streets and discovering Latvian culture. Although it was a training course, one afternoon the organisers made a programme for us right in the centre of this beautiful historic city.
We organised the evening entertainment completely on our own, spending most of it together in the centre of Riga. Only one evening the organizer prepared a program for us, it was a traditional intercultural night where we could taste a real Greek salad or a traditional Romanian palinka.
For some of us this project was the first encounter with the Erasmus+ programme, but definitely not the last. Not only we did broaden our horizons in the field of the main theme of the project, but we met a lot of great new young people who will stay in our hearts forever. On behalf of the whole team of Czech participants in Riga, I would like to thank EYCB for facilitating this opportunity!
Youth for Future training course empowers youth workers to support minority youth through theatre techniques
Riga, Latvia – The Youth for Future training course took place from January 17th to January 25th, 2023 in Riga, Latvia funded by the Erasmus+ program. The course aimed to empower and advocate for minority youth through innovative methods, such as theatre techniques. It was a great initiative that brought together young people and experts to discuss and share ideas on how to make a positive impact in their communities.
The training course was initiated by BIID (Latvia) as the leader of the consortium and YOPA (Hungary), YouthClub (Romania), Futurm (Poland), MTÜ (Estonia), FAR (Czech Republic), TSSTF (Bulgaria), KSES (Greece), SCAMBI (Italy) and Genclik (Turkey) as partners. In total 44 youth workers from 10 countries participated in the mobility.
As a result of the training course, an e-booklet on tolerance for and by minorities was developed. The e-booklet aims to promote tolerance and understanding of minority cultures and traditions among the youth and will contribute to creating more inclusive and tolerant societies.
The course focused on improving youth work methods and tools for the wellbeing, empowerment, and advocacy of minority youth through theatre techniques. Participants from different backgrounds attended the course and had the opportunity to learn and develop their skills and knowledge in this area. The training course aimed to train youth workers in using theatre techniques, such as Stanislavsky Theatre (psychological theatre), improvisation theatre methods, and pantomime methods to support the needs of minority youth, including migrants and refugees.
During the training course, participants had the opportunity to learn and apply these theatre techniques in order to support the wellbeing and empowerment of minority youth. The course aimed to increase the ability of youth workers to address the needs of minority young people and develop new methods of working with minorities, particularly through theatre techniques.
The learning objectives of the training course were focused on using drama tools for breaking the ice, team-building, developing communication skills, physical warm-up, group dynamics, and encouraging creativity to empower and support the expression of young people with a minority, refugee, or migrant background.
During the course, participants had the opportunity to brainstorm on problems faced by youth workers in their daily work with minority, refugee, and migrant youth. The aim was to find effective solutions to these problems and develop new methods of working with these groups.
The Youth for Future training course was a great initiative that empowered youth workers to support minority youth through theatre techniques. It provided a unique opportunity for participants to learn, develop skills, and build international networks of contacts. The course was a great success and will continue to have a positive impact on the wellbeing and empowerment of minority youth in different communities.