ESN Timisoara - participating in the training on structured dialogue
During the weekend 31st of March – 2nd of April, ESN Timisoara took part in a training on public participation and structured dialogue organized by Timis County Youth Foundation (FITT). The training weekend came as a prerequisite before the first draft of the youth strategy for Timis County has to be written.
The main aim of the training was to show the youth associations how they can address to important stakeholders and authorities in issues regarding youth policies using the structured dialogue and three possible methods of public participation. At the moment, the only way of structured dialogue from our county is in the form of public debates that can be held at the Consultative Council for youth from Timis County.
Moreover, the trainer from FITT, Mirela Lupu, argued that public participation represents the right, modality, place, opportunity and support of youth to participate to debates with local authorities in taking the decision and influencing these decisions regarding youth policies. She also presented to the participants three methods of public participation: photo voice, world café (‘cafeneaua publică’) and living library (‘biblioteca vie’).
In the training participated students from different organizations from Timisoara. The present organizations were: Asociatia de la 4 (A4), Basarabean Students Organisation (OSB), Students Organisation from the West University (OSUT), Center for Personal and Professional Development (CDPP), Timis County Youth Foundation and Erasmus Students Network Timisoara. All volunteers showed a lot of enthusiasm and they were involved in the discussions as this was a quite new topic of interest. Also, a strong collaboration between these representing NGOs is expected.
Therefore, during 3rd-9th April 2017, NGOs
from Timisoara and FITT will be working together and write the resolution of youth strategy for Timis County respecting the characteristics of structured dialogue. They will try to formulate the main solutions regarding youth policies in Timisoara. This time, the voice of youth will be listened and taken into consideration by important executives of the Timis County.
This article was written by Iasmina Alstani