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YLTW Facilitator Training Kathmandu March 2016


YLTW Facilitator training was held at the Royal Mountain Travel Nepal office in Kathmandu, Nepal over 2 days in late February 2016. Around 30 young people attended the training with attendees including young tourism professionals, teachers, university students and high school students. Training was initiated by OzGreen, in partnership with the South Asia Foundation-Nepal.
Nepal is in a time of trauma and crisis in the wake of the 2015 earthquake and the following blockade and fuel crisis. This training provided an opportunity for young people to talk about the impact of the earthquake and to look forward to what paths to take next. It also provided these young people who might be working in the field of tourism to think beyond their job descriptions to what some of the activities are that they could do to make their communities better places.

The training was facilitated by Sue Lennox, Shailaja Kasaju, Bhuvan Poudal, Ali Thwaites and Ruby Tavener.

“It was wonderful to meet Shailaja and Bhuvan in person. They have both previously completed YLTW Facilitator Training online. It was really important to have them involved and bringing a Nepalese perspective” said Sue Lennox.

“Ruby and Ali both made a huge contribution, organising the logistics and inspiring participants with their commitment and enthusiasm” said Sue.

Nepal YLTW Facilitator Training Top Concerns:
1a. Poverty
1b. Child labour / human trafficking (7 votes each)

2a. Dependency on foreign aid
2b. Lack of green space. (6 votes each)

3a. Caste discrimination
3b. Lack of Youth Platform (5 votes each)

See full YLTW Facilitator Training report

YLTW Facilitator Training India Feb 2016


Youth Leading the World (YLTW) Facilitator Training was held at Tulsi Ghat, Varanasi, India in early February 2016, in partnership with the Sankat Mochan Foundation (SMF). The training was well attended with 40 participants from local schools and Benares Hindu University.

The training was run by Sue Lennox, Ali Thwaites and Ruby Tavener from OzGREEN and Rajesh Mishra, Gopal Pandey, Ashok Pandey from SMF, with support from Diptesh Pandey.

Ruby and Ali made a huge difference to the program. It was fantastic to have a youth team involved” said Sue Lennox.
Ali Thwaites, indicated that the training has really made a difference. “It has given these really keen young people the opportunity to focus their efforts and passions on something really important and worthwhile” she said. “It has provided them with some of the skills they need to be able to act on their concerns, particularly in relation to the health of the Ganga.”

This training has helped to create a team of motivated young people and skilled facilitators to help campaigning for action on cleaning the Ganga.”

SMF plan to run a YLTW congress later in the year.

Outcomes of YLTW Varanasi facilitator training:

Top Concerns:

  1. Population 
  2. Lack of awareness, responsibility and education 
  3. Discharge of untreated sewage in river Ganges
  4. Air pollution 
  5. Climate change, food and water insecurity and loss of biodiversity

See full report here - YLTW Facilitator Training India

YLTW Facilitator Training Blue Mountains Feb 2016


On the 22nd – 23rd March 2016, a Youth Leading the World (YLTW) Facilitator training was run at the Katoomba Cultural Centre. The training forms part of a youth congress project called Project Now, a project run by young people in the Blue Mountains, for young people in the Blue Mountains.  A 3 day youth congress is planned for September in the Blue Mountains and will be for young people aged 12 to 20 years.

Jenny Hill from Blue Mountains City Council commented that the facilitator training was very inspiring.  

“We all came away inspired and excited about the congress.” She said “It was very beneficial for all of us to have had the experience and we now have a shared understanding about directions and processes for our congress.”

The facilitator training was held as a partnership between the Blue Mountains City Council (BMCC) and OzGreen, where BMCC organised the venue & logistics and the training was run by OzGreen facilitators, Sue Lennox and Lena Hammond.  Funding support came from a grant that BMCC have procured through the Youth Opportunities Program, Family and Community Services, NSW.

The facilitator training was attended by BMCC Youth Council, BMCC staff, one external consultant, one Western Sydney university PhD student and two on-line – one from Darwin and one from the Central Coast in NSW.

BMCC will be sending more BMCC youth council members to the facilitator training to be held in Sydney 21-22 June 2016.

YLTW Blue Mountains – Facilitator Training Outcomes

Major concerns raised at the facilitator training included:

  • Impacts of climate change (9 votes) and

  • Government is slow / not listening (9 votes)

  • Lack of knowledge / censorship and propaganda / apathy (8 votes)

  • Extinction and habitat loss (5 votes)

  • Overconsumption and globalisation