Youth Proaktiv has conducted its latest training in Brussels, Belgium, from May 5th to May 10th, 2024, focusing on “Non-formal Education Activities to Support the GreenComp Framework.” The main objective of this training was to assist youth workers in gaining a better understanding of the GreenComp framework and finding ways to involve disadvantaged young people in sustainable practices at local, national, and international levels. It aimed to equip youth workers with the necessary knowledge to promote sustainability among local youth and develop the skills needed for young people to lead the transition towards greener practices. Additionally, the project aimed to empower young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to live and act sustainably.



On the first day of the training, after a welcome session, participants were introduced to the GreenComp framework, specifically focusing on the competency area “Embodying Sustainability Values.” This was achieved through practical activities, such as “The Belief Tree,” designed to reflect on beliefs and values related to sustainability. The day concluded with a non-formal intercultural co-creation session to enhance the three subareas of area one of the GreenComp.



During the afternoon, integration activities, such as the “Cultural Mosaic” icebreaker, were conducted, followed by an exploration of the functions of the European Parliament and a simulation of the European parliamentary model focused on policy-making.



The second day of the training started with a presentation on GreenComp Competency Area two: “Embracing Complexity in Sustainability.” Subsequently, two practical activities were carried out: interconnection mapping and a debate on preventive actions. Furthermore, a non-formal intercultural co-creation activity was conducted to enhance GreenComp Area two and its subareas: The session concluded with conclusions.


During the afternoon, participants engaged in the second part of the European Parliament model simulation, focusing on policy-making in action. Following a short break, an introduction to political campaign design, specifically running for Member of the European Parliament, was presented.



The third day of the training focused on the third area of GreenComp and its three sub-areas. These concepts were developed through activities including a presentation on GreenComp Competency Area three. Practical activities, such as brainstorming sessions and discussions on the importance of visualizing sustainable futures, were conducted. Participants engaged in a non-formal intercultural co-creation activity focused on scenario visualization to enhance GreenComp Area 3. The session concluded with a reflection and discussion on the activities.



On the fourth day of the training, participants were introduced to the last GreenComp Competency area through a presentation. Practical exercises were conducted, starting with a brainstorming session. This was followed by a discussion on the importance of individual and collective actions in fostering a more sustainable future and their positive impacts on the environment and communities. After finishing all practical activities, the session continued with a non-formal intercultural co-creation activity aimed at enhancing GreenComp Area 4. Participants engaged in the selection, planning, and implementation of actions focused on sustainability.



In the afternoon, participants had the opportunity to visit the Parlamentarium and the House of European History, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of the European context.



The final day of the training concluded with a closing ceremony at the Botanical Garden, where the Youthpass ceremony took place, and reflections on the training were made. This event marked the end of an intense yet rewarding week of learning, exchange, and collaboration towards a more sustainable future.



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