Freja Academy sessions
Freja Academy is an association and an independent part of Freja Forum.

The association has the objective to promote the NGOs to strengthen their role and work to be an important actor in the civil society, based on values of democracy and equal opportunities.

One of the tasks of the Freja Academy is to continuously educate and develop NGO members to increase the knowledge in different areas which will assure a strong and sustainable work for the future.

Freja Academy offers their members to choose between five parallel training sessions. After participating in one of session A-D, the participant will receive a certificate.
Session A: EU Policies and the Europe 2020 strategy

Europe 2020 is the European Union’s ten-year growth strategy. It is about more than just overcoming the crisis which continues to afflict many of our economies. It is about addressing the shortcomings of our growth model and creating the conditions for a different type of growth that is smarter, more sustainable and more inclusive.

Youth on the move, one of the flagship initiatives of Europe 2020, aims to improve young people’s education and employability, to reduce high youth unemployment and to increase the youth-employment rate. The EU policies and programmes in the field of education and training offer important cooperation opportunities for the SEE countries and Turkey.

The regional South East Europe 2020 Strategy, largely inspired by Europe 2020, adds two additional pillars specific conceived for this region: integrated growth underpinned by good governance. The comprehensive regional competitiveness and job creating growth strategy is a challenging opportunity to design and implement the SEE regional development agenda.

Lecturers: Mr Michael Vedso, DG for Economic and Financial Affairs, European Commission; Ms Helene Skikos, DG Education and Culture, European Commission; Ms Lidija Topic, Regional Cooperation Council.
Session B: Lobbying and Advocacy

The aim of the session is to share European Women Lobby’s experience of lobbying and advocacy, based on 20 years of work at European level. It will give tools to NGOs to develop strong lobbying strategies and identify their goals and tools, in order to achieve concrete outcomes and change. The session will be organized in an interactive way, for participants to be able to actively exchange and practice!

Lecturer: Ms Pierrette Pape, European Women’s Lobby, Brussels.
Session C: Civil Society organization in Europe best practice and experiences

The aim of the session is to give information about how to work as a civil society organisation based in Brussels and share experience concerning transnational work, lobbying, capacity building, cooperation and networking between CSOs.
How can SCOs on national level cooperate with umbrella organisations and network on European level?

Transparency is an important issue in involvement of stakeholders. Some of the stakeholder processes are closed and a lot of the lobbying happens behind closed doors. NGOs are working on transparency and will share experience from that work.

Lecturer: Mr Leonardo Palumbo, Coordinator of the Civil Society Contact Group; Ms Audrey Frith, Director, EUCIS-LLL 
Session D: New Technology and social media as a tool for NGOs

The aim of the session is to give an overview of social media tools and how SCOs can use them for empowerment and influence.
Changes in communication patterns through today's social media
Power and influence for SCOs through social media
Examples of tools – try the tools
Free-of-charge resources
Strategy for next step

Lecturer: Mr Jan Svärdhagen, Strategical manager responsible for strategy and online education at Dalarna University 

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