BT Volunteer: For me, this campaign prepared by EFPSA was a very enjoyable and unforgettable experience. It was incredible to consciously share with the students and my teammates. I’m very fortunate to know the sign language and teach it to students using it in our activity.
BT Participant: An Open Session was very fun, interesting and a helpful new experience that made us more aware of people in our city and showed us for who and why we fight discrimination.
BT Volunteer: My overall experience is very positive and I’m truly glad that I took part in delivering Better Together workshops. I feel that we as volunteers connected with each other and that we really left some positive impact on our participants who will create a more tolerant society.
BT Participant: An Open Session was great, we got the chance to meet people who are part of usually discriminated groups and experienced life from their point of view. I enjoyed the project and would definitely participate in it again.
BT Volunteer: Working for BT was an amazing experience. Preparation for these workshops made me feel more aware of the problems in society and taught me what can I do to change these imperfections. While delivering these workshops I felt very comfortable and also gained more self-confidence and fought my fear of public speaking.
The second wave of the Better Together campaign was implemented during Autumn and Winter of 2018. Eight countries including Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Lithuania, Portugal, Greece and Turkey participated.
This year the campaign gathered 125 psychology students who delivered the workshops and 179 participants, both high school and university students. This was not the only novelty – in some countries the cycle consisted of three, instead of five workshops. However, our main aim, tackling discrimination and motivating youngsters for doing the same, was achieved.
One way in which participants combat the discrimination, with help of the Local Volunteers, is an organisation of an Open Session day. For example, they watched and discussed movies with their families and friends, set up an art exhibition with the theme of social inclusion and exclusion in cooperation with local association and organised screening of a movie in a local high school.
The Better Together campaign consists of a cycle of 5 educational workshops, specially designed for high-school students between the ages of 13 and 18, and one open session oriented on empowering youth toward building more inclusive societies. It was developed by EFPSA’s Social Impact Initiative team, in collaboration with EFPSA’s Training Office.
The content of the Better Together workshop material is based on scientific data and reviewed by professionals in the field. It includes educational material about discrimination, experience-based role-play and situation-based games, video material and
interactive discussions. The workshops are delivered by specially trained psychology students.
By educating secondary level students on the basic concepts behind prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination and addressing different types of discrimination we hope to raise empathy and consequently create a more positive attitude towards building a more inclusive society.
The first cycle of the workshops started in Autumn 2017.
TtT Participant: “TtT for was a dream that came true. Once I joined my first EFPSA Event I was sure that I wanted to become a trainer..TtT 2018 was more than I expected….it was a lifetime experience”
TtT Trainer: “Train the Trainers Summer School 2018 was, or better, is one of the most valuable and memorable experiences that I could have had in all of the years of my student life!!! My team, the participants, the Organising Committee, the trainings that I delivered and the trainings that I attended helped me reveal new aspects of my personality, meet and even overcome my limits, set new ones, gain knowledge, skills, challenge myself, live out of my comfort zone and see myself grow every single day! It is impressive how much a person can grow from one day to the other and how much can help others rise! When you see a trainee have a spark in their eyes, get inspired, grow and rise, this can be the best reward! And as we were saying during the days of the Event ‘ we gonna rise till we fall’. Greetings!” TtT Participant: “For me, TtT was one of the most memorable weeks in my life so far. It’s incredible how much growth is possible to happen when you’re surrounded by such an inspiring, loving and intelligent group of young people from all over Europe.” TtT Participant: “You’re never too old to teach a dinosaur a new trick. I was so happy to finally get accepted into TtT 2018, where I learned not only more about myself, my strengths but more about other people too.”
EFPSA Train the Trainers Summer School (TtT) is an intense, unforgettable 8-day Event wherein 12 trainer candidates gain the knowledge, skills and the right attitude a novice trainer needs to design and deliver effective and engaging training sessions. The TtT is also the first step in becoming a certified EFPSA trainer.
The goal of the Event is for participants to interactively familiarise themselves with learning, education and training theories and techniques that enable them to successfully design and deliver training to EFPSA active members, their national psychology student associations and other organisations. They are provided with the opportunity to gain the right skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to become trainers in order to develop themselves and others, and to build strong interpersonal relationships in an international learning environment. As the highlight of the week, participants get to apply their freshly learned training skills during an Open Session Day where they deliver their very first trainings to local university students.
This year, the theme of TtT was “Be a Trainer – Combat Discrimination”. Therefore, topics related to reducing discrimination and creating an inclusive training environment were exploredthroughout the week.
TtT was implemented with the financial and educational support of European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.
EFPSA has been granted funds for a collaborative project between the Training Office, Social Impact Initiative and Finance Office through the financial and educational support of the European Youth Foundation (EYF) of the Council of Europe. This project was applied to the call of EYF for Annual Work Plans in October 2017. The project consists of two activities: Train the Trainers Summer School and the second cycle of workshops of Better Together. These two activities together form the annual work plan of the project which aims to help in tackling discrimination.
The European Youth Foundation (EYF) is a fund established in 1972 by the Council of Europe to provide financial and educational support for European youth activities. Namely, the foundation is only for youth NGOs from Council of Europe member states and European Cultural Convention Signatories (Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Holy See) – EFPSA being one of them. The headquarters of the EYF are located in Strasbourg, France.
The EYF’s mission is to support “young people in getting closer to their objectives and their vision of a better future“. They aim to do this by offering guidance during the application process via 2-way communication, providing extended evaluation of content and methodology with respectful consideration of the NGOs’ work, and by transferring knowledge. In addition, the EYF values diversity, flexibility, respect, approachability and teamwork.