“Training for trainers on Human Rights Education” was a training course (TC) which took place in Tolo, Greece from the 1st to the 7th of April 2013. This TC gathered 27 beginner trainers from YEU’s pool of People for Education and Training (PET) and youth workers from YEU member organisations, and primarily aimed to develop the capacities of the participants in Human Rights Education (HRE) and Non-Formal Education (NFE). The idea of the training course arose from the effects of the economic crisis which created huge social tensions, a decrease of the tolerance towards the different minorities and other vulnerable groups and a negative impact on social cohesion in general. Therefore, young people needed to be empowered to take a stronger stand about their human and youth rights and one of the goals of YEU was to empower PET members to be able to work with young people in these difficult times.
Throughout the training, the participants were presented with several tools concerning the 3 generations of Human Rights, and with this information, were able to discuss the levels of Human Rights violations in different countries and regions, also relating this to their respective realities. By actively engaging in all the activities through cooperating and brainstorming, the participants successfully created 5 educational activities (which they delivered to the rest of the group) and increased their abilities in NFE and specifically, in preparing and facilitating NFE activities and improved their skills on how to use existing publications and NFE tools of HRE.
Aside from being a fruitful TC for the participants themselves, this TC had an added value for the YEU network, since it advanced the quality of the TC delivered by the PET, but also to the growth of the member organisations. Check out the video posted on the official YEU Youtube Channel to see what first came to the participants’ minds when they were asked about HRE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uEm1h7LnnsI.