Delia Cristiana is from Romania and she took part in the training course “Developing Youth Participation Projects at Local and Regional Level” implemented by International Development Alliance in Bansko, Bulgaria. We invited her to give us her story and she said with great pleasure “Yes”. And here is her story:
Active youth participation…2013 best memories!!!
by Delia Cristiana
So, here I am again in Romania, one week after Bansko…I was pleased to be part in one of the most interesting projects, an International Youth Training Course, organised by IDA TEAM. The name of the project was “Active Youth Participation” and took place in Bansko, Bulgaria from 13th -21st September 2013.
I can say that I had the time of my life, so now it is time to share with you my amazing experience!
It was an international youth training course that gave the opportunity to 35 young people (youth workers, youth leaders, facilitators, activists, trainers) to develop their understanding of necessary conditions for youth participation and to increase their understanding of youth participation in its different dimensions: decision making, youth policy lobbying, NGYO’s programmes & activities.
The participants experienced typical challenges in youth participation projects and coaching groups of young people.
The project was organized by International Development Alliance, Bulgaria in partnership with 8 European youth organizations from the following countries: Romania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Hungary, Greece, United Kingdom, Spain.
The aim of the training course was to improve the quality of youth participation projects in European countries by developing young people and youth workers competences in the field of project management and youth participation trough non-formal education training. The training course “Active Youth Participation” was realized with the financial support of the European Commission, “Youth in Action” Programme, Action 4.6. We spent 8 lovely days in Bansko, at Green Wood Hotel, with people from different countries and cultures, exchanging our experiences and working together in groups. We shared our good practices, opinions, educational tools, materials related to youth participation projects. We had the opportunity to design a youth participation project to implement as a follow-up of the training and worked with concrete tools and criteria to assess quality in participative projects.
■ Youmushumac is the synonym for “to knead” in english
■ Julio Iglesias has soo many songs (played only in the restaurant of Green Wood Hotel)
■ “Never have I ever” can be a very challenging game
■ No matter what….we still have time…for everything!