Advocacy and Facilitation Skills for in youth Work..
Advocacy and Facilitation Skills for in youth Work; Lead the Change
Start date: Jul 1, 2015,
End date: Jul 31, 2016
According to the report of Council of Europe on 15th of December 1999, it was reiterated by the assembly that formal education alone cannot respond to the challenges of modern society and therefore welcomes its reinforcement by non formal educational practices and it was recommended that member states recognise non-formal education as a de facto partner in the lifelong process and make it accessible to all. The elevation of non-formal education methods largely used in international youth works has attracted various kinds of professionals and young people to work in the field of youth. Impactful youth work and sustainable youth organizations needs two key skills domiciled within the organization which are Advocacy and facilitation skills because youth activities revolves alot around training and advocacy of change for or against status-co or policies. A lot of youth workers and youth leaders in voluntary youth sector are driven by passion and sense of determination to help and make society a better place. But zeal can not replace competence. Youth organizations has conceptualized projects, but only to rely on only external professional trainers to carry out the training and facilitations. This process denies them the opportunity to develop their own skills and the motivation to effectively lead and advocate change. This project was put together by the overwhelming request from organizations and youth workers to African Centre for Development and research to organize this project together with a view to helping organizations to develop crucial skills of facilitation and advocacy. It was believed that this skills are so fundamental that not only does it help youth workers , young people and youth leaders in their works at developing internal pool of facilitators and advocates but it is also the foundational skills for aspiring entrepreneurs. Ability to effectively explain your ideas to others for comprehension which you get with facilitation skills and ability to knock on doors of barriers persistently without fear of rejection with passion which is a bedrock skill of advocacy. The project gave youth workers and leaders multifunctional skills set which in turn will enable them to help young people to lead a better life in other spheres of life. The project helped several youth workers who has been brooding in the dark without the needed skills . We could no longer live youth workers success chance because luck can not sustain anything but core understanding of how things fits together . With the skills acquired, youth workers will achieve more and grant funding will go on to accomplish the needed good it was set out to achieve in the life of young people and future projects executed by this youth workers will be sustainable on the long run and the multiplied effects will speak volume. The project trained 24 youth workers in facilitation skills. It also trained participants in effective leadership and advocacy skills. Twenty four (24) youth workers and youth leaders were trained the fundamental principles of running a sustainable project. Participants also learnt team building and team leading skills which will enable them to manage diversities in the team to the benefit of the project and advancement of their works in communities through advocacy. Youth workers were trained in public speaking skills and also covered the core leadership principles and task delegation using MBI principles. The participants were thought the skills of how to avoid the common pitfalls in advocacy and also learnt the foundational entrepreneurship principles of perseverance. The project took place in Brighton in U.K for a Period of 8 days from the 3rd of July to 10th of July, 2016 with partner countries which includes Poland, ,Italy , Portugal ,Spain and U.K. These were countries covered by the research survey of competencies of youth workers and youth leaders in Advocacy and facilitation which were selected for partnership because of their motivation and the enthusiasm to utilize the skills in their future works and help other people in the projects and communities
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