In the framework of this year’s transnational project “Creating Socio-Ecological Societies through Urban Commons Transitions”, GEF will organise together with Cooperation and Development Network Eastern Europe (CDNEE) a Training for Trainers in Turkey.
Think global, act local
The international activity will take place from 24-29 April near Istanbul, Turkey, and is going to enable young people to analyse their cities (think global) as well as equip them with capabilities to conduct local activities on the spot with the goal to improve their communities (act local).
Empowering young people in reshaping their communities through direct actions
The project is inviting young and motivated people who are eager to improve Eastern European cities through alternative ways of urbanisation, as well as in mastering their skills in advocacy and project management. Both urban activists with experience and people who are new to this topic but keen to develop an expertise in this field are welcome to attend. Participants are expected to come from one of the following 16 countries of Eastern Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Georgia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Russian Federation.
All sessions of the international activity will be conducted in English. All the materials produced during the project: Manifesto, Regional Action plans, impressions, recommendations and other materials will be summed up into a publication that will be translated into four different languages.
Second step: Fortify
Participants of the Training for Trainers will have an opportunity to implement one of four Regional Trainings that they designed and planned themselves. These activities are targeting young people from the regions respectively. Young people will both be able to practice their trainer and project management skills as well as to map decision-makers and existing urban initiatives in their local communities/regions and exchange experiences and practices among themselves. At the end of this phase, every group from each country will have a completed action plan.
*All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.