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Non-formal Education in Formal Education Context

The training activity took place
in Leszno, Poland
organised by Wyższa Szkoła Humanistyczna im. Króla Stanisława Leszczyńskiego
Reference person

Anna Bartkowiak

(Project Coordinator)
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Aims & objectives

The benefits of learning and lifelong learning for our society, which
has been facing constant changes and challenges, have been
showed by many researches in the last decades. Nonformal
learning has been highlighted as a crucial tool to develop new skills
for Europe, those which can promote inclusion of young people
facing difficulties at societal level. Since 2012, the Council
Recommendation has validated non-formal and informal learning,
as a principle for Member States to introduce measures to allow
young people make the most of what they learn outside formal
This project gathers actors of FE - schools, HEI and Colleges, together
with NGOs to work on a better understanding of the practical way and
possibilities of implementing nonformal education in the formal system.
We have collected these partners in order to develop a more sustainable support both for teachers, pedagogues, educators and actors of formal education system; and, at the same time, gather youth workers who can help supporting the activities in schools, promoting a symbiosis which can lead to
better environment at schools, a real impact on learning and diminuish the lack between the content teachers need to deliver due the national curriculum and the young people's interest.

We worked on the understanding of the real time Schools can spend in
implementing workshops to develop soft skills; we gathered to discuss learning, education, LLL, NFE, IE&FE; as well as learn new tools and activities which can be implemented in the normal curriculum of students and its goals.
We also worked on developing new tools to share the knowledge and skills of
formal education system and curriculum through game base learning.
After the educators and youth workers ended the first TC, they'll go back now to try the methologies, together; gather feedback and conclusions from their practices and sum them up in the Seminar, to be hosted in half year.

To deliver Nonformal education methods to actors in formal education system (teachers, educators, pedagogues, etc);
To understand better the concepts of Nonformal, formal and informal education;
To discuss methods and startegies to combine nonformal, informal and formal education into the education system;
To discuss challenges faced by teachers at national level;
To fight early drop outs among young people through innovative teaching and learning;
To develop partnerships and support at european level to overcome challenges faced in schools;
To work on formal education needs and discuss possible alternatives and improvement;
To get to know Erasmus+ and its opportunities.

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

We had two different kinds of target groups involved in the project:
Target 1
From the educational institutions:
Teachers, pedagogues or educators:
actors of the formal education system,
involved in formal learning, who brought
experience, challenges and opportunties
from teaching young people; from which we have
worked on towards improvement.
Target 2

From the NGOS:
Youth leaders, youth workers,
trainers and facilitators, participants
active in delivering nonformal
learning, who have brought their
experience to the activities developed.

Training methods used & main activities

Team building, energizers, name games, city challenge, world caffe, bingo, discussions, reflection, ICT methodologies for the facilitation of learning, simulations, game-based exercises, creative thinking methodologies, One2One methodologies on evaluation and reflective thinking.

Outcomes of the activity

The participants have developed better a better understanding on the topics of formal, nonformal and informal education and Erasmus+ Programme, they have shared ideas to implement at local level and better support young people., They have created woekshops using NFE methodologies, which will be implemented in the formal education system.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main trainer: In charge of facilitating activities and learning, support reflective thinking, lead activities and transfer experiences into local realities, to combine NFE in FE contexts.

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

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