E-learning: Beyond Neocolonialism – Solidarity and activist training for youth workers

Location: Online, Austria

Dates: 3-23 July 2022

Number of participants: 40 participants

Participating countries: AFGHANISTAN, ANGOLA, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA, ARGENTINA, Algeria, BAHAMAS, BAHRAIN, BANGLADESH, BARBADOS, BELIZE, BENIN, BERMUDA, BHUTAN, BOLIVIA, BOTSWANA, BRAZIL, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM, BURKINA FASO, BURUNDI, CAMBODIA, CAMEROON, CAPE VERDE, CENTRAL AFRICAN REP., CHAD, CHILE, CHINA, COLOMBIA, COMOROS, CONGO, CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE, COOK ISLANDS, COSTA RICA, COTE D IVOIRE, CUBA, DJIBOUTI, DOMINICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EAST TIMOR, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA, Egypt, FAEROE ISLANDS, FIJI, FRENCH POLYNESIA, GABON, GAMBIA, GHANA, GRENADA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, GUINEA-BISSAU, GUYANA, HAITI, HONDURAS, HONG KONG, INDIA, INDONESIA, IRAN (ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF), IRAQ, JAMAICA, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KIRIBATI, KOREA, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC, KUWAIT, KYRGYZSTAN, LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC, LESOTHO, LIBERIA, Lebanon, Libya, MADAGASCAR, MALAWI, MALAYSIA, MALDIVES, MALI, MARSHALL ISLANDS, MAURITANIA, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, MICRONESIA, MONACO, MONGOLIA, MOZAMBIQUE, MYANMAR, Morocco, NAMIBIA, NAURU, NEPAL, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NIGER, NIGERIA, OMAN, PAKISTAN, PALAU, PANAMA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, PARAGUAY, PERU, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, Palestine, QATAR, RWANDA, SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS, SAINT LUCIA, SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, SAMOA, SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE, SAUDI ARABIA, SENEGAL, SEYCHELLES, SIERRA LEONE, SINGAPORE, SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOMALIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKA, SUDAN, SURINAME, SVALBARD AND JAN MAYEN ISLANDS, SWAZILAND, Syria, TAIWAN, TAJIKISTAN, TANZANIA, UNITED REPUBLIC OF, THAILAND, TOGO, TONGA, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, TURKMENISTAN, TUVALU, UGANDA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, UNITED STATES, URUGUAY, UZBEKISTAN, VANUATU, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM, WESTERN SAHARA, YEMEN, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

Organizer: SCI Austria (Youth NGO)

Apply: here

Deadline to apply: 6 June 2022

Date of selection: 9 June 2022

Inquiries about this training course: Thomas Schallhart at t.schallhart@gmail.com

Costs:

Participation fee

0 EUR

Accommodation and food

No accommodation and food, as people living in Africa, Asia and Latin America join the program online. We can support costs for faster internet for the duration of the project.

Travel reimbursement

No travel foreseen

Beyond Neocolonialism – Solidarity and activist training for youth workers

Youth workers and activists living in Asia, Africa and Latin America can join the online parts of this training and develop youth-focused campaigns against neocolonialism together with youth workers living in Europe.

Europe is involved in global injustices, both historically through colonial history as well as in the present through ongoing economic and political injustices. European governments and companies have been enabling and driving unacceptable working conditions, land theft, genocides and civil wars, lack of access to vaccines and medication, the disappearance of cultures and languages, etc. in the Global South. It is more than urgent for global citizens to step up in two ways: 1) to raise awareness for European involvement in global injustices and how this is related to colonial history; 2) to hold decision-makers in Europe accountable for these injustices.

Working against neocolonialism needs cooperation between activists in the Global South and in Europe. Through your participation in the seminar, we not only seek to strengthen and invigorate the discussion on these issues, but mainly we want to create the space to to cooperate at a global level and to develop concrete actions that are relevant for global justice.

Creating campaigns with young people against neocolonialism. In this training you learn how to create social media or activist campaigns around neocolonialism. You will identify a struggle or hot topic you want to work on and you will work on it during the training in an international group. The campaigns we finish will be published online on the channels of Service Civil International (SCI) and its partner organizations. Participants will learn basics in campaign strategy, how to launch successful social media campaigns, how to put pressure on decision-makers and how to deal with backlash.

Two parts of the training

Online meetup, meeting between all European and Global South participants. From 17-23 July you will be a group member from a team and will work virtually with activists from Europe to create concrete campaigns together.

“Beyond Neocolonialism – Solidarity and activist training for youth workers“ is part of the project “European Youth for Global Solidarity”, funded by the European Commission through Erasmus+. SCI Austria, as part of this project, will also organize a training around the white savior complex in volunteering in December 2022. As an outcome of the two activities, we will create an adapted  version of the toolkit “The Power Behind Good Intentions”, which SCI Austria has been creating with a series of post-colonial seminars in the past few years.

The intro session will take place online on 3rd of July 2022 from 13:30-17:00 Central European Time (CET) (find out what this is in your time zone here) on the video platform Zoom with an optional evening hangout as well as with group tasks to do during the preparation week. The hybrid seminar will take place between 17-23 July 2022, specific sessions and workshops will be optional to participate and  the collaborative work space will be agreed with your teammates freely. The slots for the optional sessions and workshops will be within the following time frame (but will be debated depending on your motivation and needs): 9:30-17:00 Central European Time (CET) (find out what this is in your time zone here).