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Laboratory: Learning By Playing
Start date: Jan 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

“Laboratory: Learning by playing” is multicultural training course in whish involved 27 youth workers from 8 countries (Estonia, Germany, Poland, Romania, Spain, Italy, Cyprus and Turkey). Preliminary date: 01/02/15 – 09/02/2015Group per country: 3 participants from each organization, Estonia 6 participants include 2 trainers from Estonia (professionals will be as invited guests). Venue: Training course will take place in Estonia, Tallinn.How was born the project idea:Two youth workers who are colleagues (Darja Djatsenko and Jelena Gusseva) are working on the youth field around 12 years and through this period of time they were deeply involved in process of recognition of non-formal education. “For us the non-formal methods have a huge role in non-formal development among youth and there are a huge variety of different instruments which youth workers are using in action” says Darja Djatsenko. According to their background as work in suburban camps and in youth centres they get used to use the tool “game” and through experience recognize a lot of different aspects about this instrument. Related to that was born the idea to share with gained through experience skills and knowledge trough the laboratory “learning by playing” where youth workers could recognize the role of the game in non-formal learning process as well as found out the types of the games, their structure and system. “We are ready to share of what we developed in our youth work and create with participants during the laboratory new interesting ways of learning through playing” – Jelena Gusseva. What is more, during the TC youth workers will be involved not just in practical stuff like playing games, we are also planning to involve them to self-assessment process. Each participant will have opportunity to recognize the method “game” in non-formal learning process and plan how it could be useful or useless in his or her work. Main aims:- To involve youth workers to the recognition of the method “game” in non-formal education and become a part of the process of “learning by playing”- To test in action different types of games and understand the content (structure) of this instrument (start of the game, main process and evaluation of the game)- To involve participants to be a part of self-assessment process trough playing and with help of YouthPass competences (use this certificate as an instrument).Methods:* Different types of practical games (team-building activities, ice-braking, games to know each other, sport games, night games, simulations games, games for trust and so on). * Workshop “Laboratory” (non-formal learning recognition, concept of the tool “game” and self-assessment process as a youth worker who are ready to use gained knowledge in action)* Brainstorm (“game” is our future, it helps to force youth to communicate between each other)* Presentations (types of the games, their structure and system of work)* Role game in non-formal education - session* Learning Diary (reflection time with Personal and Group Reflection exercises, self assessment process through YouthPass competences)* Group work (Management & Development, to develop projects among the partners)* Laboratory in Action (use gained outcomes from Laboratory in action – Flash Mob)* Session YouthPass (Final Evaluation, conclusion of the Reflection Diary and according to it fill in the YouthPass
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