Training for trainers on practical work with young people with emphasis on sustainable development

23. September 2019.

Within the project “Follow my step!” lead by the Sisak Local Democracy Agency in Sisak Gymnasium from 21 to 22 September 2019, training for trainers on practical work with young people was held, with an emphasis on sustainable development goals in the local community.

The training was attended by 15 participants of students and school mentors of two partner schools, Sisak Gymnasium High School and High School Ivan Trnski Hrvatska Kostajnica, representatives of Sisak-Moslavina County and volunteer coordinators from the Local Democracy Agency Sisak. Through this training and other future education within the project, educational institutions will be strengthened to prepare and implement a program of school volunteering aimed at sustainable development and inclusion in the school curriculum. The trainer was Paula Raužan, and the training methods used are interactive methods. Participants learned the concepts of sustainable development, active citizenship, volunteering, non-formal education and, through theory and group work, prepared and presented thematic workshops for young people based on 17 global goals for sustainable development, and later will include other students.

Students and their teachers will form working groups that will develop a volunteer program with the support of volunteer coordinators after they have conducted an analysis of the needs on the types of school volunteer programs in their schools that will be implemented within future volunteer clubs, which will also be established in the coming months. About 80 students from these two schools will be involved in the project, who will be educated on the topics of sustainable development by their peers, who will jointly plan the further work of the volunteer club as well as the preparation and implementation of volunteer actions.

The project “Follow My Steps! – Youth for a Sustainable Community” is Co-financed by the Office for NGOs of the Government of the Republic of Croatia through the Swiss-Croatian Cooperation Program. The leader of the project is the Local Democracy Agency of Sisak, and the partners are Sisak Gymnasium High School, High School Ivan Trnski Hrvatska Kostajnica,  and Sisak-Moslavina County. The project lasts 2 years, and the aim of the project is to contribute to the promotion of partnership between civil society organizations and educational institutions in the field of volunteerism, which contributes to social and economic cohesion and sustainable development in Sisak-Moslavina County. The project will result in the development of a sustainable development education program through volunteering, by establishing 2 high school volunteer clubs in Sisak and Hrvatska Kostajnica whose activities will focus on the goals of sustainable development and increased awareness of the local community about the possibilities of cross-sectoral cooperation in promoting sustainable development through the benefits of volunteering. The target groups are 80 high school students, 2 high schools and 15 civil society organizations or institutions.

Programme is co-financed by the Government Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

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The views expressed in this text are the sole responsibility of the Local Democracy Agency Sisak and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Govermnent Office for Cooperation with NGOs.

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