Osallisuus nyt! Participation now!

Our International training seminar “Osallisuus nyt! Participation now! – Respecting Diversity, Discovering Equality, Celebrating Participation” will take place from 23rd till 30th of May 2018 in Turku, Finland.

Within this theme we will look at the need for rethinking concepts for participation in the present political and economic climate and how the current youth work practice and conditions in local communities offer genuine participation in diversity for the empowerment of young people.

This activity is hosted by two Finnish e.p.a network partners from Turku; Turun ensi- ja turvakoti ry and Globaalinuoret ry.

The activity will search for ways to support youth and community initiatives in disadvantaged communities in their efforts to respect and include the participation needs of young people from different backgrounds by creating equal access, opportunities and welcoming climate.

This one-week seminar is a mix of theoretical, interactive and practical sessions, working with methods of playful non-formal learning and always in a spirit of intercultural learning and mutual understanding, stressing the contributions of young participants from 24 countries.

This project is funded by the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.

Jonna from e.p.a. interviews the preparation team of the Finland Seminar in February in Turku:

Omar, Tatu, Tuuli and Konstantina – You are now together in Finland as a project team preparing the international training seminar Osallisuus nyt! Participation now!, Respecting diversity, discovering equality, celebrating participation” which takes place later in the year in May in Turku.

How are you now in the last day of your meeting?

Tatu: We are getting everything together very nicely. We had some challenges with logistic but they are clarified now. I feel very enthusiastic.

Konstantina:. I feel excited! The days went so quickly and were so creative. It was a real pleasure to participate in the organising of this seminar. I feel really calm and I look forward!

Omar: I am also delighted and very satisfied with the topic and methods of the workshops.

Tuuli: This is my first experience with e.p.a. and I feel very happy! Our time together has gone very fast but we have been very productive.

“Participation now!” What is the activity in May exactly about?

Tatu: We will discuss about participation in diversity. How to respect the needs of different young people? How to create a good climate, which enables the equal participation of all young people?

Konstantina: And we will do that all using many playful non-formal methods and developing new practices, which can be shared with others.

Omar and Konstantina; for both of you this is your first time in Finland. What has been the biggest surprise or a nicest thing for you so far?

Omar: Sauna! I love it! And Tatu and Tuuli have been such nice hosts!

Konstantina: I agree! And I like the city itself and the nature in Kunstenniemi, where our seminar takes place. I am curious to see, how the landscape will be so different in May, when the spring comes.

Tatu and Tuuli: What would you like to show to the participants about Finland? What can they look forward to experiencing?

The Finnish nature! We had found a really nice venue for the seminar, which brings together all best parts of Finland. And by the way Omar, of course we have a sauna there too!

Tuuli: The town of Turku is beautiful too, where we will spend the last two days of our seminar. And there are many nice organisations and good people working in the field of youth, we can look forward to meeting them. You are cordially welcome to Turku in May!

Preliminary programme of our seminar

Leaflet of our seminar



This project is funded by
the European Youth Foundation
of the Council of Europe