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Non Formal Education 4 Social Inclusion
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

CONTEXT:Gradually, but in the good way, Non Formal Education (NFE) is being recognized in the holistic development of individuals, mostly in the field of Youth. We believe that associations active in this field has contributed greatly to it, although more by conviction and experience than by structured knowledge about what indeed NFE is. We also understand that a major flaw in our activity is the lack of opportunity to discuss and reflect collectively on our profession as European youth workers, its problems and solutions. Therefore, youth workers, specially from small associations like ours that has almost no experience in international projects, must have the opportunity to optimize their actions, by knowing how to promote competence development In youth by NFE methods. This opportunity will result in quality actions in the youth field and, consequently, a better recognition of NFE as promoter of competences.OBJECTIVES:a) Promote the optimization of youth work, its impact on developing skills in young people and their effectiveness in motivating young people to actively participate in society;b) In a 5-day training course, empower and capacitate European youth workers in relation to NFE concept and methodologies by concrete examples of good practices;c) Promote good practices in youth work, intercultural dialogue, partnership development and European citizenship;d) Optimize the work of associations in the youth field, reinforcing its European dimension and establishing key partnerships for the sharing of best practices;e) Develop associations involved skills related to project management and partnerships, targeting greater internationalization of their practices and greater cooperation between European associations.NUMBER AND PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:33 youth workers of partner associations (small-scale and small European dimension), with the need to extend their knowledge and their performance in ENF and see how great asset the ability to share best practices in the area in European context and co-build their knowledge is. No age limit.ACTIVITIES:A) «Prep Sessions»: Local sessions with each group of participants to reflect on NFE in their daily activities, collect NFE experiences, reflect and build their own personal learning plan in the project;B) Traning Course «Non Formal Education 4 Social Inclusion»: Participants share methodologies of youth work and their experiences of promotion activities with young people to promote the co-construction of NFE concepts and the sharing of best practices in the area;C) «Non Formal Homework»: Participants bring to their communities, individual plans of activities based on NFE and, after its development with young people, they carry out an assessment of it with them.METHODOLOGIES:Discussion among peers; Individual and collective reflection on concepts appropriate to reality and on their own learning; sharing of best practices; group cohesion activities.EXPECTED RESULTS AND IMPACTS:a) Tangible result – a manual of good practices, with information on Erasmus+, Project description, assessment of activites, feedback from participants;b) Acquisition of skills related to ENF and participation in multicultural teams;c) Modernization of associations for future synergies with other entities;e) Reflection on the activities in the field of youth and greater dialogue between social workers in Europe;f) Stimulation of the associations of our regions for the development of projects aiming not only training of social workers, but also developing skills in young people.LONG TERM BENEFITS:Of course, the benefits will be felt particularly in participants, associations and communities involved. This project will allow for training of youth professionals of our regions, an optimization of the associations with the development of management structures to facilitate the further internationalization and professionalization of their activities as support of young people outside the formal context. This directly, will impact on young people, because they will benefit from future actions able to promote meaningful learning in the development of European citizens.
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