The European Peer Training Organisation (EPTO) provides activities where young people can be learners and educators, sharing with their peers their competences in a spirit of collaboration. They may train their peers themselves or create the conditions for peer education to happen between young people through training, mentoring and coaching creating a snowball effect.
In EPTO, young people can:
- Learn more about themselves and discover the great gift of human diversity.
- Learn how to become a peer trainer and train their peers about a variety of different topics: diversity and anti-discrimination, well-being, participation...
- Get to know other peer educators and youth workers using peer education.
- Participate in European meetings with other young people.
- Become activists and initiate their own projects.
- Make a difference... and risk having fun along the way.
EPTO begun in 1996 as a pilot project training young peer trainers in Europe to lead activities dealing with all forms of discrimination, thanks to CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe and the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, with support from the European Commission (see "History" section for more info).
To this day, EPTO’s programmes are based on the pedagogical process of the Anti-Defamation League’s A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute.
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.”