Training Course

Young Environmental Citizens for Climate Change (Food and water Security view from the Caucasus)

Training Course

Stepanavan, Armenia, 20th-26th May 2013 ()

This course was organized by Act Global (UK) and Stepanavan Youth Center (Armenia) and focused on the issues of food and water security in Europe, the challenges ahead and how action by young people can create security for their future.


Funded by: The Youth In Action Programme, administered by the British Council
Training delivered by Act Global and hosted by Stepanavan Youth Center

On this course, 6 countries came together to discuss the topic of climate change in Europe with a focus on food and water security in Europe (The Caucuses). Participants from each country had been engaged in climate action in their own countries and gave presentations about some of the initiatives they had been taking, for example participants from Belarus showing what they did for earth hour in Minsk. Some of the participants also included academics in the field of ecology who presented some of the research for the group.

The course followed a non-formal education method of training presenting the topic matter through a variety of presentations, group work activity, quiz and study visits. One of the days consisted of a visit to Yerevan to meet and discuss with the ministry for the environment. During this visit participants listened to some of the initiatives the ministry had been involved in to improve and support Armenia’s environment and nature. After these presentations the group discussed and debated some of the topics. One topic was a debate over adaption over prevention. The meeting was really successful and gave participants the opportunity to debate at the national level and demonstrated how they can go about making this type of action happen in their own country.

The visit to Yerevan was also a chance for participants to visit the city and take in some of the local culture.

During the time in the city participants visited Cafesjian Museum at the Cascades as well as a number of the local squares, and in the evening after a meal at a local restaurant participants went to see the impressive Singing fountain show at Republic Square.

This project worked with 6 partner organisations that sent participants:

  • NGO People – Ukraine
  • NGO ‘Youth Education Centre ‘Fialta’ – Belarus
  • Istanbul Youth Initiative – Turkey
  • Act Global UK
  • Regional Voluntary Center in Katowicach – Poland
  • Stepanavan Youth Center – Armenia

Participants enjoyed the course saying that they would be keen to attend further courses if made available. A Facebook and Dropbox account was created to share resources, this has been very actively used with participants sharing blogs, photos, videos and articles related to this topic.

The project has also led to further cooperation between a number of the organisation looking at a youth exchange in Armenia and a partnership building meeting in Ukraine. All partners are committed to the topic of climate change and wish to cooperate further on this topic.

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