In a global landscape marked by rapid change and diverse challenges, empowering youth with the necessary skills and values is crucial for fostering a better future. Recently, we had the privilege of participating in the Essentials of Non-Formal Education Training Course 2024, organized by the Council of Europe at the European Youth Centre Budapest.
The primary objective of the Essentials of NFE TC 2024 was to enhance the capacities of youth organizations in conducting high-quality international intercultural non-formal educational activities.
These activities aimed to have a multiplying effect on the participating members, empowering them to actively advocate for and embody the core values of the Council of Europe – human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.
Through this training, participants were equipped with the tools and knowledge to engage young people in meaningful ways, fostering a culture of active citizenship and social responsibility.
Over the course of a week-long training program, participants had the invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences, and best practices. Representatives from organizations such as YMCA Europe and Roots shared insights into their ongoing projects, demonstrating the diverse ways in which non-formal education can empower youth and promote positive change.
Additionally, participants delved into the quality standards and recommendations set forth by the Council of Europe, gaining a deeper understanding of how to ensure the effectiveness and impact of their educational initiatives.
Through interactive sessions and discussions, attendees also had the chance to connect with youth workers from across Europe, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.
We extend our sincere gratitude to the Council of Europe for organizing this enriching training course and for their commitment to youth empowerment and peacebuilding. The knowledge, skills, and insights gained during the Essentials of NFE TC 2024 will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on our work and the communities we serve.
As we look to the future, we are excited about the potential for continued partnerships with the Council of Europe and fellow youth organizations. Together, we can empower the next generation to become active agents of positive change, championing the values of equality, justice, and solidarity.
The Essentials of NFE TC 2024 served as a beacon of hope and inspiration, reminding us of the transformative power of non-formal education in empowering youth and fostering a more inclusive and equitable society. As we reflect on our experiences and lessons learned, we are reminded of the profound responsibility we have to nurture the potential of young people and to create a world where all individuals can thrive.
Through collaboration, dedication, and a shared commitment to core values, we can build a brighter future for generations to come.