From 20th to 27th January 2020, ELIX’ members, Andres Santiago and Marie Chauffour travelled to Yaounde (Cameroon) to co-facilitate a training part of «Building Bridges: Youth Work for Peace and Dialogue», hosted by Girls Excel.
Building Bridges is a two-year project, co-funded by the European Commission, coordinated by IFM-SEI with the support of ELIX and in partnership with local organisations from all over the world – Peru, Paraguay, Indonesia, Philippines, Cameroon and Ghana.
This training came four months after the first youth worker training which took place in Paraguay in August 2019. The youth workers from Africa, Asia and Latin America gathered again but this time in Africa.
While the first training was focused on peace education and led to the implementation of local projects, this second training was focused on how to foster dialogue between conflicting communities and exploring how youth work can strengthen inclusive societies and combat radicalisation and gave tools to the participants to develop a project at a bigger scale: a regional project on inclusion and dialogue.
The entirety of the training was conducted using non-formal education methodologies with a learner-focused and flexible approach. During the first days, the participants shared their experience of inclusion and dialogue in youth work good practices and the role of such actions in society. They presented the local projects they implemented and reflected on the successes and challenges they faced. The last few days, they started to plan how to develop their own project in their region. Moreover, they prepared peace education's modules for the IFM-SEI Mooc developed in partnership with ELIX, a new learning experience which aims to promote quality non-formal education and human rights education online.
If you want to know more about the content and objectives of the training, watch the daily videos of the facilitators! Discover as well the local projects implemented last year by the participants.