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In the framework of the 17th UYD several activities took place in parallel, organised by different partners.

Below you can find a list:

1. #RefugeesWelcome to School - Training for implementation of local projects for integration of refugee youth in education

Organising Bureau of European School Students (OBESSU) – 18-25 September 2016

#RefugeesWelcome to School is a programme that OBESSU is developing in cooperation with the Open Society Foundation in a re-granting scheme. The programme will re-grant school student organisations at local level that develop activities to promote the inclusion of young refugees in the school systems. One of the main objectives of the training course was to work around migration, identity, human rights, solidarity, understanding and social inclusion.

The training aimed to:
- Build the capacity of school students to implement projects and campaigns addressing the theme of the programme #RefugeesWelcome to School;
- To train participants in the content related to the topic (HR, migration, social inclusion, intercultural aspects of the programme etc);
- To train participants on how to develop and implement quality projects to promote inclusion of young refugees in education.
OBESSU relies on non-formal education and peer-education as their core methodology. For the objective related to technical training on project development and management, the course followed a “project incubator” methodology in which participants were, on the spot, developing their own projects with the support, feedback and training from the team and the group of participants.


2.  Structural empowering Training of Trainers

International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) - 18-25 September 2016

The Structural empowering Training of Trainers was mainly organised and led by the International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) but the invitation and the involvement were extended to Young European Socialists (YES), IFM-SEI. It was a global training for trainers, with two participants from each continent, aiming to reinforce the educational element of IUSY activities in their different member organisations and at the same time to contribute to the development of IUSY Pool of Trainers.

The objectives of the activity were to:
- Promote the concept of non-formal education as a working tool among the participants and in extension, to their member organisations;
- Train members on the concepts that are relevant for youth political activism/campaigning training (such as advocacy, speech, drafting, communication etc.);
- Bring the global perspective to the local level by providing training skills to the participants;
- Provide participants with knowledge and tools to pursue training in their local organisations; and
- Strengthen the IUSY Pool of Trainers by improving the training capacities of young activists and youth organisations.
Workshops were run based on participatory non-formal education/learning. The programme consisted of modules going through all the different learning stages: experimentation, experience, feedback and conceptualisation. As a holistic perspective, IUSY worked also with Global Education as a foundation.


3. Connecting in civic education: NFE meeting FE

AEGEE-Europe / European Students’ Forum– 18-25 September 2016

The activity organised by AEGEE Europe / European Students’ Forum aimed to have a complex map of educational practices that are shaping citizens and young people in their everyday encounters, the tools and mechanisms that are building up the active and aware members of societies who bear an open and critical mind.
By learning more about the complementary nature of formal education systems and non-formal educational practices, the participants gained insight into how they can improve and participate in their local communities through the practice of active citizenship. Results have been a video documentary and a booklet for NGOs, policy recommendations for decision-makers, and several smaller appearances of the project results.

The specific objectives were:
- To enhance young people’s understanding of the methodologies and practices needed to be adapted in order to comply and complement the educational standards of formal education, while enhancing the understanding of the formal education professionals of the best practices of NFE that can serve as an additional element to engage people in lifelong learning;
- To train young people to act as multipliers in their communities and reach the levels of governing where the improved educational practices could be implemented;
- To raise awareness on the importance of connecting multiple sides of the educational spectrum in order to find a path to the education of active and aware citizens;
- To identify the needs for a common European civic education and the needs of educational practices; and
- To support the development of young people through non-formal education methods.
Main tool of the training were non-formal education combined with some of the practices of formal education. The participants were responsible for their own learning process, with input from their peers and experts. Openness in the group was the foundation of the learning environment. The participants had the chance to reflect on the different cultural and societal realities of each participating country’s learning environment and opportunities it offers for its citizens.


4. “RESTART: Rethinking, Assessing, Activating and Evaluating youth organizations – Activity 3– TC “Evaluate to improve”

Youth for Exchange and Understanding (YEU)– 18-25 September 2016

RESTART was an activity that focuses on raising the capacities of youth organisations on new approaches to quality education provided to learners in order to improve and increase youth participation in socio-political life on local level. This specific activity was the last Training Course (TC) named “Evaluate to improve”, provided as part of a one year work plan funded by European Youth Foundation. This TC, during UYD, aimed to create recommendations which provided support to other youth organisations which plan to, first of all, do self-assessment of their work and to improve the quality of education they are offering as well as the level of participation in local communities.

The activity aimed to:
- Develop sustainable approaches for boosting youth participation;
- Improve and raise quality of non-formal education by introducing quality assurance framework to everyday work of youth initiatives on local level;
- Develop competences of youth workers for improving cooperation with policy makers on local level; and
- Develop recommendations on improving impact of youth-led activities/initiatives and cross-sector cooperation on local level.
YEU used non-formal education as methodology to achieve objectives and results of the activity.


5. Intervención inclusiva y el papel de las entidades ante la situación de las personas refugiadas y migrantes

Spanish National Youth Council (CJE) – 18-25 September 2016

The Spanish National Youth Council (CJE) organised a training course that aimed to create a space for reflection on the role of youth entities and Youth towards the situation migrants and refugees are living nowadays. The training course developed in Spanish, and with participants from the Spanish Youth Council, from UJSARIO (Western Sahara) and from CNJC (Consell Nacional de la Joventut de Catalunya).

The course focused on these aims:
- Discovering campaigns as “No Hate”, especially concerning the fight against racism and xenophobia;
- Analysing the situation of young migrants and refugees;
- Reflecting about the rights and vulnerabilities of migrants and refugees;
- Discover inclusive methodologies towards migrant youth;
- Reflect about the role of the entities towards the situation of refuge people;
- Discover and understand the KA3 of Erasmus + and the Structure Dialogue as tools to connect proposals with the policy makers.
Participants will try to discover and understand contents related to:
- The different situations that refugees and migrants are living nowadays in Europe, especially in Spain;
- The Human Rights and the Youth rights;
- No hate speech campaign;
- Erasmus+;
- Good practices related with youth migrants, and youth refugees.


6.  Work and Changing Society

European Youth Forum (YFJ) –18-25 September 2016

During this activity, 12 participants over the course of 6 days discussed and explored questions related to employment and youth in the world today. Experts were invited to share their views and inspire discussion. Two trainers led the activity which used participatory, interactive, creative and hands-on methods.
The “Work and Changing Society” activity explored and understood three mains issues: first, how work is changing, through discussions on the new forms of employment, precarious work, social entrepreneurship and alternative business models among others; second, how this is impacting young people – both in employment and also in terms of social inclusion – by considering the relationships between work and identity, work and life, the impact on social inclusion and on gender equality; and third, how young people can empower, connect and mobilise for change with a focus on the role of trade unions, youth organisations and new youth social movements for change.

The activity aimed to:
- Express young people’s relationship with work today;
- Discover how work is changing;
- Analyse how this is impacting young people; and
- Visualise how young people can empower, connect and mobilise for change.


7.  5th Global Education and Youth Training Course for Youth multipliers

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC) – 18-25 September 2016

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe together with the partners of the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship organised this training course that  gathered around 20 participants from all over the world.
The training course had two main aims:
- To empower young people to further support the practice of GDE based on NSC GE methodology; as well as,
- To provide youth multipliers with a series of competences and tools to promote and disseminate principles of GDE to other young people.
The specific objectives of the course were:
- To understand the skills, values and knowledge behind the concept of GDE;
- To strengthen, revitalise and underline global interdependence by promoting the post-2015 agenda and contributing to processes of democratic consolidation through support of youth civil society organisations;
- To facilitate the development of specific training and facilitation competences and transfer of knowledge in educational methodologies for the development of multilateral youth activities that promote peaceful and inclusive societies;
- To contribute to a database/network of young trainers/multipliers on GDE that will support inclusive and equitable quality education; and
- To contribute to the NSC GE Online Resource Centre facilitating the sharing and dissemination of tools and practices to strengthen GDE.

The programme tackled issues such as the conceptual and methodological approach of GE, systematisation of experiences and the different dimensions (pedagogical, logistical, political and financial aspects) that should be considered when designing, organising, implementing, empowering and sustaining a multilateral youth activity such as the Universities of Youth and Global Citizenship. It provided participants with a variety of educational methods such as: thematic, methodological and political inputs and discussions, new technologies, guides and reference documents and education manuals, simulation exercises, facilitation techniques, group’s dynamics, interactive role plays, examples of good practices, etc.


8. Focus group: Connecting Women; Challenging Stereotypes (CW-CS)

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC) – 20-25 September 2016

This follow-up activity aimed to deepen the understanding of deconstructing gender stereotypes by focusing and confronting stereotypes targeting women from the South and the North of the Mediterranean. The training thus focused on a particular methodology (by Wiem Melki-Curator of Global Shapers Tunis and developed with Search for a Common Ground) that aimed to bring together two groups with different sets of beliefs but with the ability to work together to reach a common objective. Due to the current context of the region, the situation of refugee women was mentioned as a case study as they can be victim of double stereotyping.
The overall objective was to equip young activists and educators with tools and methods that allowed them to promote a positive and non-stereotyped image of women both in Europe and the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region, through education and intercultural dialogue.
It focused on:
- To analyse how gender stereotypes, sexism and discriminations affect identity construction and opportunities both in individual and global dimension and in particular in a Euro-Arab context;
- To provide participants with tools and methods to deconstruct sexist and racist stereotypes in Europe and Southern Mediterranean countries and to confront their views;
- To equip participants with tools promoting intercultural dialogue through awareness-raising and/or capacity-building activities; and
- To equip participants with common methods to fight discriminations and sexism with an inter and intra-regional dimension according to common/different elements on stereotypes belongings to each region;
As a part of the learning process, participants were not only introduced to this methodology but were also invited to create a project. They were called to identify a target group, a strategy and expected results in order to achieve efficient outcomes in implementing capacity-building and/or raise awareness activities.


9. Annual Meeting

Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship   – 22nd September 2016

The partners of the Network of Universities on Youth and Global Citizenship – the University on Youth and Development (Spain), the University of Participation and Citizenship (Uruguay), the African University on Youth and Development (Cabo Verde and Kenya) and the Mediterranean University on Youth and Global Citizenship (Tunisia) – had their annual meeting during the 17th UYD.
During this meeting, partners shared their updates and reflected on the following year plan and joint theme for the next cycle of Universities.

10.  Preparatory Meeting Training course for organisations working with Diaspora Youth and Young Migrants

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe (NSC)– 21-24 September 2016

Building up from previous successful experiences with youth leaders of Diaspora – specifically African Diaspora Youth Network in Europe – the NSC continued to develop the work with groups of Diaspora youth and young migrants who have proven to be crucial actors in the promotion of global/development education, representing for the hosting societies an immense richness in terms of global education, human resources, intercultural opportunities and possibilities for relationship with the sending societies. For that purpose diaspora youth will play a significant role in the youth co-operation programme of the NSC in the next three years.
The NSC gathered a group of young experts who contributed to narrow down the specific objectives and the main activities targeting diaspora youth in Europe in order to design a relevant flow for the upcoming three years.

The focus group mission was:

- To exchange concrete successful experiences that will contribute to build more inclusive societies in both, EU Member States (countries of residence) and countries of origin by nurturing from concrete successful experiences of diaspora youth/young migrants in Europe;
- To advise and identify strategies and approaches on how to actively involve diaspora/migrant organisations in networking and dialogue platforms that promote principles and concepts of global interdependence/development education in policy-making (at least one workshop with policy-makers/year);
- To contribute to define the basis for a research on mapping of diaspora/migrant organisations in 4 regions: Balkan, Baltic, South-East Europe and Mediterranean and Visegraad regions;
- To provide inputs that will support the design of training activities and awareness-raising activities related to diaspora youth and young migrants in Europe to help promoting understanding of issues of interdependence and global citizenship.

The focus group gathered a group of 4 experts from different diaspora background and 2 representatives from the NSC.

11. Board Meeting

Youth Express Network (Y-E-N) – 22-25 September 2016

The Youth Express Network (Y-E-N) had a board meeting in the framework of the 17th UYD, which gathered 9 participants, board members and office staff from 7 countries.
The aim of this meeting was to:
- Set the objectives of Y-E-N for 2017;
- Design the activity plan for 2017; and
- Establish partnerships with other networks present at the 17th edition of UYD in order to develop a common activity in 2017.

12.  Expert Group Meeting 

DYPALL Network –19-20 September 2016

DYPALL Network partners and Steering group members organised an Expert Group meeting in the framework of the 17th UYD. DYPALL is a project currently involving 22 European partners, youth organizations and municipalities from 17 countries that aims to involve young people in the decision-making process, which will enable municipalities and regional authorities to address the needs and interests of youth, and contribute to engage youth as active actors of the solutions for their problems. Their meeting contributed to the overall University as it brought experts from local authorities and CSOs from Europe working specifically on the theme of youth participation.
The Expert Group meeting aimed to develop the strategic planning and priorities for the network development for the period 2017-2018.