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Working with web 2.0 tools, 29th May 2009

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"I will start my own netvibes link". "It will save me a lot of time!" "Netvibes and delicious are terrific tools for me." "I will further discuss the new ideas in my organisation and am considering to start up a Ning forum for discussion within our network!".
Participants were delighted and inspired after the 4th course "Working with web 2.0 tools", which was organised on the 29th May 2009 in Utrecht by the "Werken met Web2.0" consortium. The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk and Elmine Wijnia who are both (e-) facilitators and advisors for developing digital learning products. Joitske Hulsebosch and Sibrenne Wagenaar are the other partners in "Werken met Web2.0" consortium.
During the course the participants got acquainted with the whole history of web 2.0 in the last 10 years. Flicker started in 2003, Linkedinn in 2003 and Youtube in 2005. The webworld and availability of webtools is changing very rapidly. A…

Participatory Video Youth Centre Uganda, presentation 16th May 2009

"Fantastic that the youth can film their own centre!" "It gives an actual impression of Kawempe Youth Centre" on how the youth see it". "A worthwhile initiative which helps the youth to improve their future possibilities!".

On the 16th May 2009 members and supporters from Stichting Kapini saw the participatory video "Youth about KYC". This video made by the youth from Kawempe gives a picture on how the youth and the staff see, feel and think how the Kawempe Youth Centre is functioning. Esther Kyazike, director of the centre, was proud to share her views during the video presentation which was held at Stichting Oikos in Utrecht. "It is nice to see in the video that the youth are happy that the facility offers possibilities to read books, do sports and make friends, and that the centre makes a difference in their lifes!"


The process of the video making was facilitated by Simon Koolwijk on the 28th February 2009 when Kawempe Youth C…

Community participation, impact assessment & video making

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"The video making was very inspiring!", "You have to involve the youth in making the scenario and doing the video making", "I see many situations where I can apply the community development methods", "The idea on how to do impact assessment, is now much clearer now!" These were the comments of Hanneke Velthuijsen at the end of the training "Community participation, impact assessment & video making" which was held on the 19th & 20th May. The training was conducted by Simon Koolwijk. The training was hosted by ICCO, who provided the training space and logistics. ICCO is one of the organisations for which Hanneke did research on youth in Guatemala.

At the moment Hanneke Velthuijsen is working as sport development advisor for Safe Passage in Guatemala City. Her role is to develop a sports development programme for the youth. Main focus is to help the youth to develop skills and gain tools which will direct them to positive action i…

Methods for citizen participation - Hogeschool Utrecht & SWA Amersfoort

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"Very practical!", "Useful for our work", "We become more aware about what we are already doing!" "I can use the methods with young kids, and also very useful tools for policy making!".These were some of the comments of the social-cultural workers who are members of Stichting Welzijn Amersfoort (SWA). SWA aims at improving the social conditions of the citizens in the city of Amersfoort (counting around 200.000 inhabitants). The social cultural workers focus their work on empowering and guiding children, eldery and migrant communities in life skill training, coaching and group activities.


The training conducted by Simon Koolwijk and which was organized by Hogeschool Utrecht on the 12th May 2009 aimed at inspiring the participants in learning methods for active citizen participation. The role of the facilitator and brainstorming were the key parts of the first day of this training.

The methods for citizen participation are called Technology of P…

Start up project Youth in the Centre - Moldova

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From 4 - 8 May 2009 Procommunitate and Kontakt der Kontinenten met to start up the project Youth in the Centre in Moldova. This project aims to strengthen and build sustainable structures for youth work in Moldova. Beside Procommunitate and KdK, Proni Centre for Social Education, Hogeschool Windesheim, State University of Moldova and the Moldova Social Investment Fund are involved in this project. The project is focused at building partnerships between youth, government, parents and local organisations. The youth will be the ones in the centre, making their own choices with support from the stakeholders. During the start up KdK and Procommunitate shared their views and thoughts on how to implement the project. Visits were made to 3 of the 4 partner communities such as Cotiujenii Mari and Vadul Rascov in Soldanesti District and Varnita in Aneii Noi District. "For more photo impressions"


Simon Koolwijk is part of the KdK team and is involved in the training & capacity dev…