The European Green Activist Training (EGAT) is one of the Green European Foundation’s flagship capacity-building initiatives, in which young and eager activists receive training on domestic and European level politics and discover how to empower their own activism via cooperation and networking.
What is EGAT?
The European Green Activist Training (EGAT) was launched in 2015, with the goal of educating young and Green-minded people on European politics and active citizenship in order to enable them to promote Green values and politics in society.
EGAT specifically aims to add a European dimension to existing training sessions at the national level by ensuring international aspects are present in their content and by promoting cooperation amongst young activists across Europe. Through education and networking, EGAT empowers young people by equipping them with the knowledge and capacities to engage in their own communities and cooperate on a Europe-wide level with other activists across Europe.
EGAT has been taking place each year since its launch and broadly consists of three phases:
- Participants complete the Green Learning online course Impact Europe, which in doing so they gain a solid understanding of the workings of the European Union and of Green politics.
- Participants take part in national training sessions within their own countries, in which they learn more about their domestic and wider European politics.
- The final phase entails a study trip to Brussels, which brings together the participants from their respective countries to experience the European political sphere first-hand. On this trip, they put into practice what they have learned with a range of workshops, visit the key institutions and hear from influential policy-makers, and connect and exchange with one another.
The 2018-2019 edition of EGAT took place with participants from Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland and Malta. Previous editions of this transnational project were realised together with Visio (Finland), Ökopolisz (Hungary), the Institute for Active Citizenship (Czech Republic) and Grüne Bildungswerkstatt (Austria) (2015)/ Fundacio Nous Horitzons (Catalonia, Spain) (2016).
Discover what our EGAT participants got up to on their study trip to Brussels in 2018:
Following the continued success of EGAT, GEF has produced a handbook on organising Organising European Green Activists Training Programmes, which shares experiences and top tips for coordinating training sessions.
The handbook can be found here.