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TC "Formal + Non-formal = Impact"

The training activity took place
in Vadul-lui-Voda, Moldova
organised by "MilleniuM" Training and Development Institute
1-9 July 2014
Reference person

Vitalie Cirhana

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Aims & objectives

The general idea of the TC "Formal + Non-Formal = Impact" is to bring together teachers from different EU and Eastern Partnership countries in order to build common understanding and exchange experience on how formal education could be combined with non-formal learning in order to promote the development of young people in rural areas where there are not that many opportunities than in bigger towns and cities.

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

The project includes 24 teachers from Program countries (Latvia, Slovenia, Italy, Romania) and EECA countries (Georgia, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus).

Training methods used & main activities

The contents of the training included:
- Principles, values and characteristics of non-formal learning (NFL)
- Connection with formal education
- Needs and interests of young people in different countries that could be better addressed by NFL methods
- NFL methodology and application in life (also good practices)
- Empowerment of rural youth
- Opportunities of Erasmus+ programme

Outcomes of the activity

At the end of this project the teachers discovered NFE world and developed some skills by leading session using NFE methods. As a follow up activities, participants were encourage to apply NFE methods in their schools activities.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

All the tasks and responsibilities were shared between the 3 trainers of the training. All the following activities were co-facilitated during the whole process:
* getting to know each other,
* team building activities,
* activities during the evening sessions,
* Experiential learning,
* Johary Window,
* different understandings of education / learning,
* moving debate about Teacher vs. Trainer,
* characteristics of NFE,
* facilitating the creativity task,
* couching the participants during the process of designing and implementing non-formal activities, offering feed-back,
* wold cafe and open space methods,
*evaluation and further steps,
* organizing a study visit in one of the schools in Chisinau and discussing with the teachers from Moldova about possibilities to use NFE methods in school activities.

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

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