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Fa-silly-tators! Exploring humour in non-formal education and youth projects

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What do we do, when we use humour in non-formal education? How can we use humour to foster group building? How can we use humour to counter rather than reinforce stereotypes and discrimination? This manual invites you to a reflection.

Aims of the tool

- raise the self-reflection of trainers and facilitators around humour in non-formal education
- give guidelines on how not to use humour in (international) youth projects
- give guidelines on how to be funny as a facilitator in (international) youth projects

Description of the tool

Non-formal education can seem pretty silly: We make participants run around a room and shout the sounds of animals. We make them pretend like they are ninjas or space aliens in order to energize them in the morning. But even though we all use humour, when we coordinate volunteering projects, run youth exchanges or facilitate seminars – we almost never stop for a moment and reflect deeply on what that actually means.

The seminar "Fa-silly-tators!", organised by SCI Austria in Vienna in November 2019, was a space for this reflection. By experiencing non-formal education methods such as drawing challenges, speed dating, brainstorming techniques and silent discussion, the participants of the seminar “Fa-silly-tators!” got to explore humour and jokes. They learned and exchanged methods and best practices on how to use humour to empower youth and marginalized groups, how to do humour from a feminist/antiracist/queer/etc. lens, when to use humour and how to deal with conflicts around it.

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Tool overview

Fa-silly-tators! Exploring humour in non-formal education and youth projects

This tool addresses

Group Dynamics, Intercultural Learning

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Service Civil International Österreich

in the context of

Erasmus+ seminar

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Thomas Schallhart (on 27 August 2020)

and last modified

18 May 2020

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