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Experimental Learning Designers
Start date: Sep 1, 2015, End date: Feb 29, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Studies show that traditional way of teaching cannot provide youth anymore with the skills and competencies required by the labor market. Although we are still witness a monopoly of formal education institutions, non-formal education contributes more and more to the life-learning process and to the development of human capital. In this context, experiential learning is adding an essential ingredient to youth education and that is self-reflection about the things we are experiencing daily both in school and outside of it. The project was organized in Samobor, Croatia under training and networking of youth workers. Aims and objectives: The overall aim of our project is to enhance the development of new non-formal teaching methods in different field of studies. Objectives of the project were: 1. To increase the competencies of youth workers, trainers, youth leaders from 7 countries in designing and delivering new activities based on the experiential learning model; 2. To enforce the synergies between formal and non-formal education by creating a toolkit with tested experiential tools, available for free for youth workers; 3. To capitalize on the power of experiential learning for the organizational development of the partner organizations. Duration: Overall project will last 6 months in total. Training activity was on 05 - 11 of January. Partner countries and number of participants: Participants of the activity were from Croatia, FYROM,Turkey, Lithuania, Romania, Poland and Italy. In total the event we hosted 26 participants. Activities were: workshops, Intercultural night, NGO fair, ELD Toolkit Fair, conversations, presentation of best practices, preparing reports of best practices, planning of future, creating drafts of the projects, partnership building activity, project simulation, discussions and evaluation activities. Methods are: group dynamic games, ice breakers and warmers, brainstorming, group discussions and bilateral discussions, group presentations, workshop, individual work, problem analysis techniques, design thinking model. Impact and results: After being involved in this project all 26 youth workers will be prepared to create and deliver trainings in the field of intercultural dialogue, human rights and entrepreneurship in an innovative way and with greater impact on youth development. The project will also lead to the development of a new design of international educational pathways in line with trainee needs. This will generate the recognition and validation of the skills and qualifications across the national borders and in the European labor market.

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