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Training of Trainers and Active Leaders
Start date: May 9, 2016, End date: Jul 8, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Non-formal education has rising impact on young people all across Europe. European Union is supporting different forms of non-formal education, and includes it in its policies and structures. At the same time, this sector is not fully regulated, and formal approaches to professionalization of education and development of non-formal education staff are uncommon and limited. How to become a trainer? Who issues the certificate? What is the difference between junior and senior trainer? How to guarantee quality of delivered trainer’s work? There are many questions and issues for a debate... Youth organisations involved in this project implement majority of their activities through non-formal education and often face a difficulty to ensure sustainable, systematic and high quality education of their staff. Therefore, this project is developed in order to educate trainers with different levels of experience, provide them with an opportunity of professional development and space to contribute to quality of youth work in Europe. To achieve this goal, we have set the following objectives: - To provide training opportunities for future trainers, trainers with limited experience and trainers with significant experience which will contribute to quality of training delivery in Europe; - To empower involved organisations to implement local and international non-formal education activities and ensure sustainable education of their staff and volunteers; - To contribute to quality of non-formal education projects in Europe, quality of trainers’ work, recognition of non-formal education and create new approaches in non-formal education; - To create network of training providers in Europe and ensure communication and cooperation for exchange of good practices and improvement of quality of their work; - To establish partnership among involved organisation and share examples of cooperation with other organisations in Europe active in the field of youth. Project Training of Trainers and Active Leaders will be hosted by the TDM2000 Polska foundation between May 2016 and July 2017 and will include 3 mobility activities: TOTAL Basic, TOTAL Advance and TOTAL Lab. Project will provide 90 training placements for trainers from partner organisations from Poland, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Malta, Cyprus, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Lithuania, Spain, Greece, United Kingdom and Italy. Project will be hosted in Krzyzowa, Poland and in Uzana, Bulgaria with follow up activities implemented in local communities of partner organisations. TOTAL Basic (September 17th-24th 2016), Poland, will introduce participants the philosophy and principles of non-formal education, they will learn how to identify and use training tools, perform self-assessment, evaluate learning process, learn about human rights, entrepreneurship and active participation as topics on which they will develop and provide training during the practical part of the activity. TOTAL Advance (January 10th-17th 2017), Poland, participants will additionally understand, learn about and be ready to implement the knowledge about trainers’ portfolio, trainer’s development and competences, development of a learning plan, and other skills and knowledge relevant for professional trainer’s work. TOTAL Lab (April 3rd-10th 2017), Bulgaria, participants will learn how to contribute to policy drafting and policy reforms in the field of youth and training, create training strategies, and develop innovative and creative training approaches and tools. The project will be implemented with different non-formal education methods such as group work, presentations, discussions, debates, simulations, role play and brainstorming.
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