To achieve the aim of the training, the training was broken down into three parts with each applying a specific method to foster engagement and support participants’ learning experiences. During the first part, participants engaged in activities that helped them acquire knowledge and understanding about European Policymaking processes, the role of different key actors (including themselves) and how to foster partnerships amongst each of them.
Attempting to burst the European Bubble and highlight the importance of being engaged in these processes, the second part of the training focused on equipping participants with skills needed when engaging with policymakers, including some good practices and things to avoid. Taking an approach of experiential learning, the participants also joined an event that allowed them to apply what they have learned before, while also putting forward key points that they find important.
Following the work of the group during the first and part of the second day, participants of the LTTA were able to join the Members of the Parliament’s Interest Group on Lifelong Learning. During the Interest Group, consisting of 12 MEPs, participants had the opportunity to raise their questions with policymakers at the heart of the European Union and learn first-hand how to engage and be heard by politicians on the macro-level.
Closing the process, the third part of the training focused on reflections and evaluation. Looking back at the learning outcomes from part one and the second part’s experience of attending a policy-related activity, the LTTA offered a space to share lessons learned. Using theory and practice, participants reflected on their participation and how they can improve their skills following this activity.
With all three parts closing on day three of the training, participants concluded their feedback and the evaluation of the LTTA. Several of the participants shared how interesting the training was, including their intention to dive deeper into several of the processes, material used, and topics addressed. Overall, the process fostered a better understanding of this field, Concluding, as stated by one participant, “the importance of advocacy and joining forces - there are many good practices and like-minded stakeholders out there”.