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”Let’s partYcipate!” - Training course on rural development by active participation and European citizenship through local and international youth activities
Start date: May 2, 2016, End date: Nov 1, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

As youth workers, youth leaders who work in rural areas we experience a vast lack on information on mobility projects for young people. In small villages, settlements, islands, remote areas the possibilities don’t come so fast to the young people like in big cities or close to the capitals. Rural youth needs to be motivated and supported to participate in international youth events and encourage them to bring back their experiences and developed competences to local level in order to improve rural areas. One of our first tasks as rural youth workers, youth leaders are to develop and improve our youth work competences to make international youth work opportunities as Mobility projects for young people and youth workers according to the proposals of Erasmus + programme more visible and attractive for our target groups. Bring the information such a way for them that they can feel encouraged to participate, they can understand that participation is essential for them and for their local communities as well. Rural development can truly happen if young people participate in European level, experience being European citizen, feel to be active citizens then they can practice these in local level for the sake of their rural areas. Rural youth have to recognise that their opinion and thoughts are important to the decision makers in their rural communities, they can initiate a dialogue with youth policy makers, and they can establish youth councils to represent them, they can cooperate with youth organisations, and other civil society organisations which can support their ways of 'learning to participate' from an early age. As rural youth workers, youth leaders we would like to improve their youth work competences in order to achieve this participation level of our target groups in the sake of rural development. The overall aim of the training course is to develop understanding and awareness of youth workers, youth leaders for the impact of international youth projects to the local community in rural areas and the efficiency of the active participation of young people within international and local youth projects. To build a bridge between the gained skills and knowledge of young people in international level and for using these skills and knowledge in the sake of local community in rural areas. To develop skills and competencies of youth workers, youth leaders with active participation of young people for transferring international experiences actively into local projects as rural development. We apply for only one activity: ”Lets participate!” - Training course on rural development by active participation and European citizenship through local and international youth activities which will be held in 08 - 15 August 2016, Lapua, Finland. Our participants will be rural youth workers, youth leaders who are directly working with rural youth by using non - formal educational methods in youth clubs, youth departments, schools, social and youth services, etc. The training course will be built on non – formal educational approached. We will use experiential learning then assess the learning processes and learning outcomes of participants. Competence development will be focused by our programme flow based on the needs and expectations of our partners and participants. Our training course will be learner centred. Methods we plan to use in order to achieve the objectives and support the competence development of our participants: individual work, pair work, mixed small group work, case studies, presentations, brainstorming, small local actions, idea and project development, self – assessment, feedback, dialogue space, etc. Results and impact: Introduction of participants: photo, motto, habits, postcard. Posters on partner organisations. Posters with the learning outcomes. Rainbows with developed competences and learning outcomes. Draft projects filled in the Eform Presentations of youth exchanges, EVS and youth workers’ mobility projects on European citizenship and active participation in rural areas. Suggestions for impact on local communities in rural areas.Examples for active participation of rural youth.Definitions on cultural, social, economical and political of citizenship.Suggestions how participation of rural youth can be improved for the sake of local communities in rural areas according to the objectives of Participation field of action of European Youth Strategy.Proofs on European citizenship and its meanings.Descriptions of small local actions2 presentations of the photos from the small local actions led by participants.Postcards booklet on the ideas how can we transfer international experiences into local youth work based on the needs of rural youth.
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