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The Power of Non Formal Education

Training Course

15-20 November 2021 | Pudasjärvi, Finland

Improving the impact of Non Formal Education (NFE), principles and methods in creating empowerment opportunities for young people as real actors of the society (from local to Europe).

Why this Training Course?

  • To stimulate the participants to feel and reflect about the power of non-formal education (NFE) by experimenting different kind of non-formal educational methods.
  • To analyze the role and reception of NFE in our different countries within a common Europe.
  • To discover and debate the European strategy of NFE.
  • To fight against the growing consuming approaches towards young people in the non-formal education field.
  • To explore meanings, roles and complementary of different educational dimensions(formal, non-formal, informal).
  • To reconsider daily youth work practices.

How it will be done?

In order to have real impact, the participants experience an innovative approach, using a full immersion in the experiential learning cycle: doing/ feeling, reflecting, transferring...

The TC is not limited to the couple of days the participants spend together but starts before the actual encounter. Participants should therefore be well aware that they will be actively involved from the very beginning.

Pre-Training Immersion

  • Starting around 6 weeks before the training, through the “NFE News”, participants will receive weekly news which invites reflection on pedagogical issues and collect information / documentation. Participants are part of the building of this NFE News. Also a closed Facebook group will be created to promote interactions between participants before TC starts.
  • Issues / topics tackled: perception / recognition of NFE in your country, methods you use/have used…

A Fundamental Flow during the Training

  • Experiencing: different educational settings, different non formal education methods (role play, simulation game, exercises...).
  • Reflecting: on the methods and its impacts, on the power and limits of NFE, on building a pedagogical process…
  • Transferring: to the own reality of participants, in order to improve ways of working with young people.
  • Sharing: different perceptions, current situations and experiences.
  • Developing: the building capacity of the participants, by including them in the decision process of the project designing (participants will decide some sessions they feel they need to have) but also in the implementation of the program (“Power to the People – the People who are you” moments).

Organised in Wintery Finland

The training in organised in one of the nine official Finnish Youth Centres that are founded and partly funded by the Ministry of Culture and Education.

Youth Centre Pikku-Syöte is located next to a popular winter sports resort. By law the centre provides services for youth and youth work, but it also partly funded by leasure time and touristic attractions. https://pikkusyote.fi/en/

The participants will be accommodated in single rooms.

Pudasjärvi village is situated roughly 145 km to north-east from Oulu, the most closest airport on your way to Pikku-Syöte. We will organise bus transfers from the Oulu airport to Pikku-Syöte from selected flights; also transfers from Pikku-Syöte back to Oulu airport will be organised. More detailed information about the arrangements will be sent to the selected participants.

Training Activities during the Pandemic

The activity is planned to be residentially hosted. In case the COVID-19 situation prevails and prevents travelling, the organiser reserves the right to cancel the residential activity and organising the activity online.

The organisers will ensure that safety and hygienic measures needed in relation to Covid-19 are in place during the activity. All participants will be accommodated in single rooms. In activities we use face masks and safety distance, or the safety guidelines which are valid at the time of the event.

The organiser will follow and apply all COVID-19 health and safety guidelines by the Finnish government, health officials and regional government, which are valid by the time of the seminar.

In order to travel, all selected participants will need to be able to show the European digital corona certificate (EUDCC) when leaving home country and entering Finland. More detailed information about the travel guidelines will be provided to the selected participants closer to the event.

The rules about entering Finland will be updated on the Finnish Border Guard website

More information about travelling to Finland can be found on the webpage of the Finnish Institute for Health and Wellfare.

General information about travelling in Europe can be found from the EU's Reopen EU website, but please be aware that the information may be outdated, because updating the website is slow.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 30 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers

Accessibility info:

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

Working language(s):



The Finnish National Agency for Education EDUFI (National Agency)

Contact for questions:

Paavo Pyykkönen


Phone: +358 29 533 8547

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

There is no participation fee by the hosting National Agency. If you have questions about participation fee, please contact the National Agency of Erasmus+ Programme (Youth in Action) in your home country.

Accommodation and food

The hosting National Agency of this offer will organise the accommodation and covers the costs for accommodation and food.

Travel reimbursement

Your sending National Agency will cover your travel costs. The way countries reimburse the travel costs varies from country to country.

If you are selected to participate in this training, the National Agency in your home country will contact you and tell you how the reimbursement is organised in your country.

Ask your National Agency also about travel guidelines that are applicable in your country. You can also ask them about what kind of possible extra costs will be covered due to the pandemic situation (PCR tests, refundable airline tickets, etc.)

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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