Brussels, September 25 – Last week, from September 18 to 23, World Youth Alliance Europe held an intensive training for the WYA members in the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. The training was organized as a part of the partnership with the Arete Foundation, an organization working in close collaboration with the University.
The training was opened by Fernando Simon, the professor of Constitutional Law, after which the fourteen students attended a full-week training centered around WYA’s Certified Training Program (CTP). Participants were given an overview and introduction to each of the seven chapters of the CTP, after which they read the texts in groups and had a discussion with other participants on the key points of each text. The afternoons were reserved for practical workshops on Advocacy, HDC and FEMM, International Law and Human Rights, as well as training on how to speak to the media.
“We’ve had a great time in the training. The CTP offers really thorough insights on the core topics, such as Human Dignity, Freedom, Solidarity and Culture. We were truly able to understand the ideas behind the most pressing issues of today. Also, it was very beneficial for us to have more practical workshops through which we could improve our knowledge and skills in advocacy, speaking to media, human rights in the global sphere, etc.“, said one of the participants.
The training in Pamplona was conducted by Hrvoje Vargić, WYA Europe Director, and Antoine Mellado, WYA Europe Director of Advocacy. Apart from the training, Hrvoje and Antoine presented WYA to students in the Economics, Leadership and Governance Program, as well as the ones in the Collegio Mayor Goroabe.
“For a long time, students from Navara were participating in our internship program, and different conferences and trainings we organize. But now, finally, we have established the close partnership on the ground. All of the 14 members who went through the CTP showed an enormous potential and we are looking forward to work with them in the future“, explained Hrvoje Vargić.
In two weeks, all the members will have a Skype certification and will start preparing for the first WYA activities in the Pamplona campus. The next round of the CTP should start in January, 2018, and will be managed by WYA members in the University, culminating with a conference at the end of March, 2018.
We are looking forward to the exciting developments in Navarra!