75th Anniversary
26-28 June 2015 | Bruges

The Federalist Academy, a three-day residential course, was hosted in the Flemish city of Bruges and looked to repeat the success of previous Debate and Training Weekends, but with a greater focus on the practical elements of activism.

You can read more about the event in the report here.

The event welcomed a core group of approximately twenty participants, selected from across the UEF’s national sections. Selected participants were all current or potential future young leaders of UEF sections, looking to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to help spread Federalist ideas and grow the organisations’ membership.

The Academy included both optional theoretical and practical seminars alongside central taught elements covering both essential practical skills and essential knowledge of EU decision making and Federalist policy. Practical workshops helped activists identify the most important skills required for political action and enabled them to develop those skills, with a focus on: actions, communication, advocacy and membership.

The course included facilitator-led project groups where participants, divided into small teams, gave a scenario and were asked to design a response to the problem it presented.

The weekend aimed to empower participants to renew their effort as political actors and activists and enable them to apply newly developed knowledge and skills in an effective manner.
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