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A Step Forward - Training of Trainers

The training activity took place
in Parnu, Estonia
organised by *
21-30 August 2014

Aims & objectives

AIM of the Training was to increase the quality of non-formal education by develping the skills on designing, implementing and evaluating non-formal learning training programmes of people that work with youth.
- To provide a space for sharing and reflection on so far experience on facilitating non-formal and informal learning activities and experience of youth work
- To build a common understanding on standarts of quality training programmes based on principles of NFL and innovation and creativity as a value
- To deepen the knowledge about various elements related to being a trainer in youth field (greater awareness about interconnections of youth work&NFL with formal learning field and labour market, group dynamics, conflict management, cooperation in trainers’ team, personal charisma, challenges, etc.)
- To continue developing practical skills of being a facilitator/trainer by designing, implementing and evaluating NFL training sessions
- To develop „learning to learn” competence by using the tools of self-reflection and giving and receiving feedback
- To explore personal style of working with young people and identify the areas for further development as a trainer
- To increase motivation of work in the youth field and help the understanding about the positive power of „youth work” for personal and social development of young people and communities
- To reinforce cooperation with partners from other countries and backgrounds and create a pool of good quality facilitators/trainers

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

30 participants who is working as trainers in youth NGOs from Estonia, Latvia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Moldova, Georgia, Armeniaa Ukraine.
Team: 1 trainer from Moldova, 1 from Latvia and 1 support person from Estonia.

Training methods used & main activities

The training provided holistic approach to the topic where all actors are playing important role in the learning process. The non-formal education methods were used, emphasizing experiential learning cycle and learners-centred approach. The methods were:
group work on learning from different perspectives in youth work; group work and discussions on the philosophy, actors and the role of learning in youth work; practical learning stations and reflections to understand deeper the learning process; space for sharing the realities with best practices and challenges connected to learning process; common mapping and analyzing of the existing learning tools and creation of new ones - group discussions, group work on tools' development and group presentations; space for reflecting on learning tools and how they can be applied in different youth work realities.

Outcomes of the activity

The training focused on learning process as one of the most important key element in quality of youth work - how to create a space for it, how to respond to the needs of learner and how to involve youngsters and youth workers ensuring this learning process.
The participants had an opportunity to develop their skills on how to use different learning tools, knowledge about experiencial learning cycle and the attitude of learning centred aproach of youth work.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

To work on teambuilding and create an environment where the trainers and participants are in the best possible mindset to learn from the trainers and other participants, to create a framework where participants will learn and share about their particular knowledge and experience, and be creative and innovative in developing solutions to the issues presented during the project. To explore together with participants topics as motivation and facilitation of learning activities.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

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