Who Are We?
The European Peer Training Organisation (EPTO) has existed for 20 years and has trained hundreds of youth, teachers and youth workers across Europe, offering personal and professional development, inspiring “success-stories” with the creation of new legal organisations and informal movements, and helping them tackle exclusion in their own communities.
EPTO helps young people in Europe embrace their differences and realize their unique potential. EPTO has learned by doing since its beginning, developing projects with devotion, and supporting active and motivated youth wanting to make a difference. EPTO was created by young people and is led by young people through membership present in about 14 countries.
Through trainings, peer forums, multi-day and short-term workshops, newsletters and its website, EPTO coordinates a network of peer trainers throughout Europe who have led workshops for thousands of additional youth in the last 20 years.
EPTO has always been concerned by the situation of groups at risk of discrimination in Europe: women, LGBTQI, religious, ethnic and cultural minorities, migrants, people facing impairment, socio-economic difficulties, etc.
By building capacity for young people and youth-serving organisations to implement quality peer training and offering progressive personal and professional development, EPTO furthers the European Union’s objective to create a widespread snowball effect where young people are active actors of social change through their participation: “empowering other young Europeans and creat(ing) a momentum of activities, which in the long run, could affect civil society as a whole.”
What We'll Do
EPTO will be the coordinating the organisation of the overall project. EPTO will also be the provider of training and pedagogical tools as well as the link between the PeaceJam Foundation to the national chapters across Europe. EPTO will facilitate the exchange of experience between all the partners and ensure the operation and financial management together with all of the partners. Lastly, EPTO will lead the development of the peer education programme based on the PeaceJam Curriculum that is existing for teachers.
On June 19, EPTO organized a 3-hour PeaceJam youth workshop with 30 youth and 5 teachers from the Netherlands. This workshop introduced these students to the PeaceJam organization by working through some of the “Compassion in Action” activities and discussing some of the Nobel Laureates. These students were also introduced to the upcoming conference in Belgium and urged to attend. The youth really enjoyed the various activities and discussions on peace and the project idea brainstorming. Overall, the event was a success and the students left with more awareness about peace and how they can implement inclusion in their everyday lives.
Internationally renowned peace activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum will join youth aged 14-23 for an interactive weekend. Young leaders from across Belgium are invited to this transformative event, where they will engage in dialogue with the Nobel Peace Laureate and learn how to be effective change makers in their communities.
EUROPEAN PEER TRAINING ORGANISATION (EPTO)
Registration n°- 0891.543.628
RUE AMEDEE LYNEN 8
1210 BRUXELLES (Belgium)
ROBIN SCLAFANI (Vice-Chair)