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This is a reference for Sandra (Alexandra) Horea

Storytelling, a way to enhance learning and creativity

The training activity took place
in Austria, Payerbach
organised by Estonisn UNESCO Youth Association
3-11 May 2015

Aims & objectives

The project consists of a training course dedicated to the Storytelling method. The training is part of a chain of events under the umbrella of the ”Creative Learning Cookbook” (CLC) project and it is dedicated to youth workers, teachers and lifelong learners and aiming to enhance learning and creativity in life, youth work and classrooms.

Objectives

1. To raise awareness on the importance of non-formal education and its principles;
2. To introduce the method of Storytelling that can be used to promote learning and develop creativity;
3. To develop competencies in designing and implementing activities which promote learning and creativity based on non-formal education methods such as storytelling, improvisation theatre and creative writing.

The training course focus on the need of inovation in education in a world of rapid change. Developing the competence of learning to learn and the creativity is essential for learners of all ages nowadays.

Estonian UNESCO Youth Association (EUYA) is very active in the field of youth work enabling educators with competences to better deal with the changes that the 21st century is bringing.

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

The target group of the activity were youth leaders and youth workers, teachers and lifelong learners and they came from Austria, Latvia and Estonia.

The trainers team was composed of two persons: Marcus Vrecer from Austria and myself from Romania.

Training methods used & main activities

During the 7 days of the training course, participants have been involved in exercises, group work, creative workshops, role-play, simulations and other non-formal activities. These activities provided examples on how storytelling can nurture a creative learning environment by using the principles of learning by experience and created a learning space for participants to design their own methods of non-formal education on creative learning spaces.

The training course was based on non-formal education, taking into account the participants’ needs, backgrounds and interests.
Among the methods employed over the 7 days of the training there were:
- Storytelling techniques and types;
- Visual presentations;
- Group work, group discussions and brainstorming;
- Improvisation theatre games and role-play;
- Group debates;
- Artistic creations;
- Team-building activities;
- Reflection and
- Sharing of good practices and experiences.

Outcomes of the activity

- 15 participants equipped with key competences connected with Storytelling non-formal method of education and designing creative spaces environments.
- 30 stories created by the participants, some of them published in the ”Storytelling - Creative Learning Cookbook”.
- 4 videos to promote the Storytelling method.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the main trainer within this training course and my tasks during within the team were: delivering sessions based on non-formal education methods, facilitating group discussion, preparing materials, facilitating evening activities, providing support for the participants, publishing a 50 page publication regarding the storytelling method.

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

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