SHANARANI: “Train the trainer” to fight against stereotypes

22 June 2018 | Youth

How to raise youngsters’ awareness on gender issues, fight against gender stereotypes and promote gender equality for all?

That is the urgent issue the Shanarani project deals with. To achieve these objectives, attractive methodologies have been developed in order to be eventually used by trainers working with youngsters.

From the 11th to the 15th of June 2018, CESIE was pleased to host 12 trainers from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania and Spain in the framework of the “train the trainer” week in Palermo (Italy), aiming at piloting the innovative methodologies created and training youth workers to increase their knowledge on gender stereotypes and their consequences.

During this intense 5-days long training, two trainers from each partner organization have experienced, discussed and evaluated a few of the activities that will be included in the final Handbooks for trainers.

The first day was dedicated to a session leading to a first reflection on gender stereotypes and to a presentation by SWI allowing the participants to improve their knowledge about gender issues such as the gender pay gap in Europe and in each of their countries.

The second and third days, the trainers discovered and experienced the sessions conceived by CESIE and Caminos using films, acting and music as a tool to enhance their knowledge and reinforce their capacity to transfer it to youth workers through non-formal methods. The next day’s activities were meant to think about the best ways to adapt these sessions in each national context. The last day offered the opportunity to present the progress of the project’s gamification platform, to exchange ideas about it and to discuss possible improvements and share tips for the methodologies used during the week.

In the next months a piloting phase resulting from this training conclusions will be run at a local level in each of the partners’ countries. It will allow to train other youth workers with the methodologies experimented and refined during this week.

About the project

Shanarani is co-financed by the European Commission thanks to Erasmus+ programme, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnership in the field of Youth.

The project aims at supporting youth workers adapting and promoting good practices in their work on gender issues and avoidance of stereotyping.


The partnership is composed by six partners from different part of Europe:

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