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Facilitarium 2 - art of visual facilitation of learning
Start date: May 2, 2016, End date: Mar 1, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

-TYPE OF ACTIVITY: youth workers mobility - training course- DATES: 20-10 July 2016 - VENUE: Worcester, United Kingdom- NO. OF PARTICIPANTS and STAFF: 35- COUNTRIES ENGAGED: United Kingdom, Estonia, Austria, Poland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Lithuania, Romania,Spain, Bulgaria, Greece and Hungary.CONTEXT: The proposed project idea is based upon the concept of the similar training course on visual facilitation carried out in Estonia back in 2014. Previous project (Facilitarium - turned out to be highly successful - it not only showed how important facilitation skills are in general, but also how innovative approaches (e.g. the use of visualisation techniques) can help strengthen the overall learning of the target groups as well as enhance the impact and value of educational activities in general. Experience shows that using visualisaltion techniques is becoming more and more popular in the youth sector training, information and exchange activities thanks to their innovation, simplicity and just very big slice of difference in comparison with regular digital ways. In addition to that, recent studies and researches prove that learning is becoming more individual, therefore it should meet the needs and learning styles of different participants/learners, at the same time offering them space for skills acquisition. Visual communication and facilitation certainly provide that through constant active involvement of the learners. AIM and OBJECTIVES:With the following project we wish to propose a highly practical, hands-on training course aimed at improving the quality of communication and educational activities of youth NGOs. This will be done by means of providing their staff (e.g. trainers, facilitators, teachers, coaches, youth work practitioners, volunteers and all those engaged in conducting educational activities) with a set of tools and practices for enhanced visual facilitation. These can later be used when organising all sorts of educational and informational activities in the youth field e.g. training courses, seminars, partners meetings, study visits, exchanges, presentations, meetings etc.In order to reach the project aim, the following objectives have been set:— to explore and better understand the need for visual facilitation of learning in the youth activities nowadays (note: it is important that each of the organisations and participants engaged in the course discover the context in which VF can be used in their own everyday work)— to equip participants with the variety of tools and methods applicable in visual facilitation and mapping of educational and informational activities in the youth field— to develop practical skills in using important components of visual facilitation (e.g. shapes, colours, composition, hand-writing, visual metaphors, analysing and summing up of information— to set up the basis for further development of these skills on individual and organisational level in order to ensure the exploitation of newly gained knowledge for the benefit of NGOs and a variety of learners we work with.METHODOLOGY:The working methods of the training will include typical non-formal education methods, focused on individual and group exercises, workshops, live presentations, discussions, quests for experience and tests for skills, by which we are going to cover all the components of visual facilitation process. Most importantly, though, training course is a hands-on activity which means that project's agenda includes a lot of creative practical tasks allowing participants to reveal their talents and master facilitation skills. IMPACT:The proposed project offers a great learning and capacity building potential for participants involved, partner promoters as well as target groups we all tend to work with back home. These are typically young people, as well as occasionally children and adult learners. Here, those attending will be provided with the unique opportunity to develop a set of highly creative and by far innovative competences in visual facilitation of learning. As such, the skills and knowledge gained can be used broadly across various fields, encouraging creativity within meeting rooms, board rooms, workshops, training courses, classrooms and any other places, where visual facilitation of learning is deemed useful. This means that the effects of our joint work are likely to not only target direct partner involved but may stretch out to our local communities as well as any other work carried out by the partners at the regional, national and international level. We expect that also the proposed project will have significant impact on the participants and partner promoters, thus leading to new ideas and future projects being planned. Here, the process of taking next steps after the project shall be skilfully facilitated and will be incorporated in the training course daily timetable.
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