Share, Experience, Get Inspired! – Enjoy the diversity of non-formal learning tools


This October, a group of 37 trainers, educators, facilitators and youth workers met in Loppem, near Bruges, Belgium for the seminar “Share, Experience, Get Inspired! – Enjoy the diversity of non-formal learning tools” co-funded by the Erasmus + programme. Participants from 15 countries joined forces to share best practices, confront challenges and inspire innovation in the field of non-formal education.

The seminar lasted for five days, during which time participants had the opportunity to meet, share tools, learn from one another and establish friendships for future cooperation. The methods used were collaborative, and gave the opportunity to learn and test out new tools for future use. Sessions included discussions about trainers’ key competences, the role of a trainer and challenges in this area. Participants were able to try out and evaluate the method of competence poker!

A workshop on visual facilitation was led by an expert in the field, Svetla Todorova, who inspired participants to further their use of icons, symbols and images in their work, even leading to the creation of their own visual dictionary.

One day was dedicated to participants’ own workshops. This allowed for the sharing of methods, utilising the wealth of skills and experience in the group. Through these sessions, participants had the opportunity to explore topics including gender in non-formal education, the art of debating, expression through dance and theatre, games for social cohesion and more.

In the final days, participants collaborated to offer insights into creative and digital tools they use in their work. They worked in groups to present top tips and tricks for working with different target groups as a non-formal educator. This time was essential for exchanging practical ideas from trainers, both in related fields and those working in different areas.

The final session gave participants time to begin planning their follow-up activities, to put to good use all the inspiration they had gathered in the previous days. We are excited to see how they will apply these new skills, tools and methods to their future work!

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