This is a reference for Olga Poddubnaya

Seminar "Linking learning"

The training activity took place
in Belgium, Halle
organised by B*come vzw
22-28 July 2012

Aims & objectives

The main aim of the seminar was:
To develop and enrich the concept of young people learning process through fostering understanding and cooperation between youth educators from different educational sectors.

The concrete objectives were:
- reflect on different concepts of learning and the facilitation of learning of young people;
- explore learning to learn competence and self-directed learning competence from different educational perspectives;
- reflect on the individual learning style and learning process of the participants;
- exchange and analyze experiences and good practices examples of cooperation between formal and non-formal education which benefit the learning of young people;
- translate the learning of participants into applicable tools for the daily practice of working with young people;
- raise awareness of the learning opportunities within Youth in Action and other educational programmes of the EU.

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

The seminar was bringing together participants from 6 EU countries both youth workers and teachers from Belgium, Poland, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Latvia. The trainers' team consisted from 3 trainers from Poland, Belarus and Belgium.

Training methods used & main activities

Methods of the seminar were based on the principles of non-formal education:
- it is learner-centred and participatory;
- learning is aimed at developing essential skills, attitudes and values;
- participation in the seminar is voluntary;
- intercultural approach to learning, respecting the diversity of experiences and aspirations, and also diversity of learning needs;
- a key element of learning is learning through experience, meaning group experiences on the site of the seminar and previous experiences of participants.

The project was using non-formal education methods, using a participative and learner-centred approach. Among key methodological aspects, we quote group work, active participation, theoretical and practical inputs, and simulation/case-study exercises referring to the environments where participants usually carry out their youth work.

Outcomes of the activity

During the seminar participants were developing plans for cooperation between school/teachers and NGOs/youth workers, so as outcome they were implementing those activities in their countries.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I acted as a full time trainer, responsible for the preparation, delivering and evaluation of the activities.

I worked on this training for 5 days as a full time trainer.

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