Shifting the paradigm with the Shift! Training for Trainers


Shift! Training for Trainers – new approach and new themes

Since the intercultural field is always evolving, new ways of approaching intercultural education are needed, including the issues of discrimination and equality, imbalance of power, social injustice, and human rights.

The shift of approach is needed, where we focus also on those who in intercultural situations suffer from bias, stereotyping and systemic exclusion.

Such changes will bring YFU up to date with various educational frameworks proposed by actors such as the Council of Europe, UNESCO and the OECD and will consolidate and strengthen our intercultural expertise. The above-mentioned topics happen to be also the new themes in the Coloured Glasses Manual revised in 2o16. Thus, the participants of this training course will essentially increase the capacity of YFU to deliver workshops addressing new topics!

Training Details

The Training for Trainers Shift will take place from 21-28 May 2017 in Varazze, Italy. It will get together 25 potential and experienced trainers from YFU organisations in order to develop skills and competences which are needed to ensure a high level of quality when using non-formal education.

The main aim is to train multipliers that will be able to deliver workshops and activities addressing social inequalities as well as raising awareness of the imbalance of power and its consequences, encouraging young people to act against all forms of discrimination.

New trainers will develop their skills in designing, planning and evaluating training sessions as well as applying the learning cycle, adapting methods to different learning styles and managing group dynamics; they will also increase their communication and public speaking skills and get to know the tools for anti-discrimination workshops.

Experienced trainers will have a chance to further practice their debriefing and coaching skills, learn to work with Forum Theatre method from the Theatre of the Oppressed, use Outdoor Education as well as advanced facilitation tools, such as the Hero’s Journey, Appreciative Inquiry and Mindfulness.

Part of the training will be a practical application of the skills gained through preparing educational activities for invited audience.

Through this training course the participants will acquire competencies needed to raise awareness about social injustices and motivate others to take action for more equality in the world, to be mindful and willing to protect human rights.

The specific objectives of this training course will be to:

  • provide participants with necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to ensure a high quality training process (e.g. increase competencies to design, implement and evaluate educational activities, improve participants’ skills in group dynamics management, presentation and facilitation skills)
  • explore and experience innovative training methods such as Forum Theatre and Outdoor Education as well as other tools for anti-discrimination and social justice work
  • provide a mini training on human rights in intercultural context, focusing on exploring inequities, social injustice, power imbalance, xenophobia and discrimination as a result of bias and stereotype
  • encourage participants to be the “challengers” of all forms of discrimination
  • stimulate a paradigm shift in YFU where intercultural education is not merely linked to cultural backgrounds and encouraging intercultural understanding, but encompasses also exploring socio-economic-political implications
  • provide a possibility to practice newly gained competences and impact a local community

Participants of this training course will be encouraged to join the European Trainer  Network – the EEE-YFU pool of trainers (if they are not yet part of it)

The Call for Participants Shift! is open until March 13.

This training is made possible thanks to the funding of the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe

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