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 is a 10-month training programme, which equips participants with knowledge and skills to build on their personal mission, learn about political ecology and European values, as well as connect with a wide support network to take the next steps in their activism. Specifically, it 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.

Green Activist

EGAT has been taking place each year since its launch and broadly consists of three phases:

1- Participants complete the Green Academy online course EU for Beginners. In doing so, they gain a solid understanding of the workings of the European Union and of Green politics.

2- Participants take part in national training sessions within their own countries, in which they learn more about their domestic and wider European politics.

3- The last phase entails a study trip to Brussels that 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 2022-2023 edition of EGAT expands to 7 countries:  Poland, Hungary, Spain (Catalonia), Finland, Croatia, Greece and the Czech Republic.

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), Fundacio Nous Horitzons (Catalonia, Spain), Cerationia Foundation (Malta), Quercus (Portugal), Greek Green Institute (Greece).

 

A peak into the EGAT study trip to Brussels: 

Following the continued success of EGAT, GEF has produced a handbook on organising European Green Activists Training Programmes, which shares experiences and top tips for coordinating training sessions.

The handbook can be found here


 

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