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Value Fair

The training activity took place
in Cascais, Portugal
organised by Agência Nacional Erasmus + Juventude
15 to 17 of December 2018
Reference person

Jo Claeys

(Co-Trainer/ Organiser)
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Aims & objectives

The VALUE FAIR supports actors in the youth field to share, understand and identify the VALUES on which we base our youth work and how it can contribute to a better living together.

The Value Fair will not focus on ‘tools’ and ‘methods’, but will have focus on the “why” and “what for” of our work.
OBJECTIVES
• To give values a central place in our agenda and daily life;
• To understand the positive supportive role of Non-Formal Education (NFE) in the current reality marked by growing rejection phenomena and hate behaviors;
• To question and reflect how Non-Formal Education (NFE) can increase tolerance and a better living together;
• To highlight the current challenges related to refugees / migration and inclusion;
• To exchange understandings and practices of values;
• To explore how to maximize the impact of Non-Formal Education (NFE) on individual/organizational/community level
• To stimulate concrete networking in order to create qualitative future international projects, also within the Erasmus+ / Youth in Action Programme PRINCIPLES & FOCUS
• Visibility of Non-Formal Education (NFE): strong involvement of local, regional and national media in order to increase the visibility of the event.
• Local impact and involvement: several events during the VALUE FAIR are open to/involve the local community, this to enhance mutual learning (based upon the current good practice in the rural villages Vila da Marmeleira and Arrouquelas) and to enlarge the impact as such.

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

The participants were selected by National Agencies of Erasmus + Youth in Action.
We had around 100 participants coming from: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United Kingdom, Portugal, Iceland and Czech Republic.

The team was composed by an international team of 7 facilitators.

Training methods used & main activities

The methods were focuses especially on sharing and reflections, in line with the main objectives of this event. Some examples: discussions and sharing of good practices in small groups; presentations and workshops, world café, debriefings in plenary, etc.

Since it was an event with a big group of participants, most of the times the work was done in small groups with parallel sessions happen at the same time.

Outcomes of the activity

Upon implementing an online evaluation, the participants presenting as main outcomes the following:
- An increase of awareness of values and their connection with non-formal education
- Self-reflection on how values are connected with youth work
- Networking

We use an open Facebook group to keep sharing outcomes: https://www.facebook.com/groups/447647932723621/

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role initially was co-trainer/ facilitator, but due to my expertise with digital tools, and to implement the use of one app for the event, I become more a digital facilitator, ensuring that the app was working well and supporting my colleagues with any digital recording and management.

I worked on this training for 3 days as a full time trainer.

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