Training courses for the educational staff in the Quality Label network
The annual training session for the educational staff of the youth centres in the Quality Label network was introduced in 2015 with the main purpose to further support youth centres, labelled or in the process, to develop the quality of their educational programmes in respect to the priorities of the youth sector of the Council of Europe and the needs of young people they serve.
Each of the centres in the network has its own specificity in terms of focus and/or preferred approaches, reflecting the diversity of youth work in Europe. The training course together with the Quality Label Platform meetings provide essential moments of learning, reflection, and competence development in fine-tuning the specificity of the centres with the Council of Europe work.
In 2020 the Quality Label network introduced a long-term training strategy that aims to revisit the theme of human rights education, offering space for reflection on present day educational practices in the labelled youth centres and to uplift the quality of the education offer according to the existing standards.
The long-term training strategy involves a combination of residential and online sessions and will enable programme coordinators and youth workers to revisit the non-formal education approach they are using in their daily work and to re-think the planning of educational activities for the upcoming years, incorporating the Youth Department’s tools, quality standards and policy priorities
5th Training course
wannseeFORUM Youth Centre, Berlin, Germany
In March 2020 educational staff members and youth workers from labelled and candidate centres gathered in the wannseeFORUM Youth Centre with the main aim to learn new ways to embed Human Rights Education in their programmes. The course was organised with the purpose of reviewing practice of human rights education run by the Quality Label Network and bringing it in accordance with the existing standards of the Youth Department of the Council of Europe.
The topic of Remembrance Education stayed at core of the programme unifying the expertise of the wannseeFORUM Youth Centre and the Council of Europe.
This course also introduced a long-term training strategy to enable programme coordinators and youth workers to revisit the non-formal education approach they are using in their daily work and to re-think the planning of educational activities for the upcoming years.
Number of participants: 21 participants from 13 youth centres
4th Training course
Plovdiv Youth Centre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
In 2019 the training course was hosted by Plovdiv Youth Centre, which is one of the 14 centres holding the Council of Europe Quality Label. Educational staff members and youth workers of the Quality Label network gathered in Bulgaria with the aim to further develop their skills and knowledge in human rights education. During the training, participants learned new ways to embed human rights education - through arts, sports, outdoor education - in the work and programmes of the youth centres. They also had the opportunity to strengthen their network and build future cooperation among labelled youth centres.
Number of Participants: 23 participants from 13 youth centres
3rd Training course
Marienthal Youth Centre, Luxembourg
The third training course for staff members of the youth centres of the Quality Label network brought together 24 participants from 16 youth centres in Europe, some of them already labelled or in process, some of them new to the project. The topic of the training course, now at its third edition, was the access to social rights of young people who experience exclusion, discrimination and violence. It also aimed to involve the youth centres in the network in the Enter! Project of the Youth Department. As an introduction of a new practice, the training course was held in one of the new Quality Label Youth Centres in Marienthal, Luxembourg and was combined with the Award Ceremony of the Quality Label for the Youth Centre. The fact that the training was implemented in cooperation with a youth centre from the network gave possibly for staff from other centres to get a first-hand insight into the specificities of work done in Marienthal.
Number of Participants: 24 participants from 16 youth centres
2nd Training course
European Youth Centre Budapest
Similarly to the first training course, the second session was hosted by the European Youth Centre in Budapest.
Main objectives of the second training course:
- To enhance the knowledge of participants regarding the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres project and Human Rights.
- To enhance the competence of participants to relate their work to the Youth Department Quality Standards for Human Rights Education and Youth Work;
- To enhance participants competences to engage in Human Rights Education using the available tools of the Youth Sector, such as Compass;
- To link the educational programme of Youth Centres to the Educational programme for Human Rights, Democratic Citizenship and Intercultural learning of the Youth Sector of the Council of Europe.
Number of Participants: 26 participants from 19 youth centres
1st Training course
European Youth Centre Budapest
The first training session was organised in 2015 with the main aim to develop the competence of staff to integrate a Human Rights based approach within the educational programmes of individual centres participating in the Council of Europe Quality Label for Youth Centres project.
The first training course was held in the European Youth Centre in Budapest with the attendance of representatives of 14 youth centres.
Number of Participants: 19 participants from 14 youth centres