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Start date: Feb 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Outdoor education is widely recognised by youth workers as one of the most effective tools for young people’s personal development. Over the past 7 years, Momentum World, together with partner organisations elsewhere in Europe, has organised or participated in numerous youth exchanges and training courses based around outdoor themes and activities, usually with funding from the Youth in Action Programme. In the course of these activities, we have found that the value of outdoor education is not always understood; the process of how to set up outdoor centres is not well documented; and local authorities, businesses and others do not always appreciate the potential economic and business opportunities associated with outdoor education services. Access to appropriate facilities and activities, professional standards, and public regulation vary from country to country, so many young people are excluded from the opportunity to participate. This new multi measure project builds on previous experience and brings together partners both from countries which already have good outdoor facilities and from others which are in the process of developing these; and individual participants with different levels of knowledge and experience. The aim of the project is to develop a network of outdoor education practitioners capable of becoming a resource for mutual sharing of knowledge and experience, providing further training and advice to others, organising international youth exchanges, and promoting high professional standards at a European level. The project will result in the publication of a multimedia resource pack for developing outdoor education centres, activities and programmes in different places and contexts. It will also lead to further proposals for exchanges and other projects in the framework of Erasmus+. This resource pack will be open access and will be widely publicised using SALTO Resources and other channels. Throughout the project, all activities will be based around the theory and practice of outdoor education, using entirely non-formal education methodology. There will also be a creative element in all phases culminating in work in the final event designing and producing the multimedia resource pack. Youthpass competencies and learning will play an important part in each phase of the training and will lead to final deserved accreditation. During the project, 40 youth workers will be trained. Through multiplier presentations in home locations and in regions it is estimated that the project will reach hundreds of young The longer term benefits of access to outdoor education will be felt by thousands. The coordinating partner is Momentum World (UK). Other partners are: Arbeiterkammer Tirol (Austria); NC Future Now (Bulgaria); Villa Elba (Finland).

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