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Critical Reflection Academy: Long-Term Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program for Educators in Migration Contexts

Training Course

12-14 December 2023 | EJBW, Weimar, Germany

For trainers, often operating on a freelance basis, structures of critical reflection are often missing. Through CRA, we will support a community of peer educators to integrate critical reflection practices into their work.

For more information please refer to the Info Pack 

Location & Dates

- Online Co-creation Meeting: Dates determined by selected participants. Two hour co-creation meeting for the format and content of the Residential TC in Weimar. 

- Residential Training Course in Weimar: Space for educators to practice critical reflection and create the structures for implementing it within professional contexts. 11.12.23 (arrival, PM) - 15.12.23 (Departure, AM)

- Peer-to-Peer Support Meetings: Three online meetings to support professional development and exchange. Developed by TC participants. Format & Dates to be determined during the TC in Weimar. Timeframe: January - June 2024. 


About the project:

Educators and education services have a responsibility to continuously critically reflect on the methods they use, especially when engaging with vulnerable groups.

Critical reflection is the process by which educators systematically analyse and evaluate their teaching practices, beliefs, and values to gain a deeper understanding of their pedagogy and its impact on learners. It involves questioning assumptions, considering diverse perspectives, and exploring ways to enhance teaching effectiveness and learner outcomes, particularly in the context of cultural, social, and emotional aspects of learning.

However a key building block for critical reflection is both time and a community of peers, which can often be in short supply, especially for educators in a non-formal space, or working internationally.

Through a long-term, peer-to-peer program, we will develop a community of peers and implement short but intense activities to support educators to integrate critical reflective practices into their work.

The purpose of Critical Reflection Academy is to support the professional development of educators in working with migrants and/or in an intercultural context and/or on the topic of migration. It will consider how critical reflection can be used to support their needs as educators working on this topic. Following the training course, there will be an online peer-to-peer support group developed that will meet at least 3 times online to put their learning into practice.

As part of the project, a casebook will capture the shared learning and the tools developed and designed by the group through various formats such as reflection essays and creative methods.

Critical Reflection Academy is aimed at educators who:

- are at least 18 years old - are residents of EU and/or partner countries - are working with migrants and/or in an intercultural context and/or on the topic of migration - have experience working in teams - have led at least 2 group workshops within the last 12 months - interested in passing on the knowledge gained during this training course to their communities - have good conversational use and listening comprehension of English (B1 minimum, B2 preferred) - are prepared to dedicate enough time to contribute to the entire process, including preparatory meetings before and peer-to-peer online meetings after the training course

Desirable, but not required

- are interest in contributing to the casebook which is being developed as part of the training. 

Inclusion Support:

Where any extra support is needed to attend, including childcare, please contact Nesirky@cge-erfurt.org


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Training overview


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This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth project managers, Youth coaches

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



CGE Erfurt e.V. (Youth NGO)

Since 2005, CGE Erfurt e.V. has implemented educational programs that place learners and communities as active agents of their learning processes

Through research, cooperation, and long-term engagement, we work with the spaces of social entrepreneurship, urban planning, climate action, migrant civic engagement, and more.

Contact for questions:

Robert Nesirky


Phone: +49 176 23376272


Participation fee

There is no participation fee for this activity. 

Accommodation and food

All accommodation and food costs are covered.

Travel reimbursement

Up to a maximum of 720 EUR, travel will be reimbursed. Travel bands will be based on the rubric in the Erasmus+ Program Guide 2023, with distance corresponding to the one way distance between your place of departure and Weimar, Germany: 

  • 10 – 99 km - 100 EUR
  • 100 – 499 km - 180 EUR
  • 500 – 1999 km - 275 EUR
  • 2000 – 2999 km - 360 EUR
  • 3000 – 3999 km - 530 EUR
  • 4000+ - 720 EUR - 720 EUR

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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