InFormal – «Integration of non-formal education approach to the formal education system for youth empowerment at local level» – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

Training Course

13-22 January 2018 | Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic

This Training Course is for 35 participants from Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, KOREA, REPUBLIC OF, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania.

This long-term training course is an attempt to use non-formal education as a tool for youth empowerment in addressing societal issues and to build a productive co-working platform for educators coming from formal education and youth field.

The long-term project “InFormal – integration of non-formal education approach to the formal education system for youth empowerment at local level” is an attempt to use non-formal education as a tool for youth empowerment in order to address all the mentioned issues and to build a stable and productive trans-national co-working platform for educators coming from formal education and youth field (NGOs and other youth authorities).

This project particularly targeting educators, teachers, professors, trainers, community leaders and policy makers in the field of education that often contradict their approaches instead of working for the common goal. NFE is almost always associated with youth work out of curriculum = not-serious. Formal education is often too frontal, too boring and killing initiatives and critical thinking – essential skills of young people. And it seems like there is no middle. With this project we want to bring two systems: formal and non-formal for dialogue, and building sustainable cooperation for the common aim.

Obviously teachers are working with bigger amount of young people at daily basis than youth workers, they can see and follow and follow the current progress and have bigger influence to development of young people competences that will lead to active citizenship and increase the level of youth participation at local level. At the same it is also obvious that youth workers are better in use of NFE approaches, better in motivating young people and in developing social or so-called “soft” skills. Though working alone they are not able to fill the gap, cover the number of young people, our partners recognize that and this is why they are so motivated in developing cross-sectorial cooperation.

To unite efforts of youth workers coming from formal and other youth field backgrounds for youth empowerment at local level by using non-formal education;
To build a cross sectorial network and to create joined actions to address the current challenges;
To build a necessary set of competences for proficient use of NFE instruments and tools for youth empowerment at local level;
To discuss the recognition of competences gained by NFE;
To introduce and discuss the ways of integration of NFE activities to the system of formal education;
To provide the opportunity to assess the quality of NFE activities and youth empowerment process at local level;

The training course is open for educators coming from formal and non-formal education system (trainers, teachers), psychologists and social workers from the formal (educational) institutions; youth workers dealing with young people and staff from NGOs and formal education system as main target group.

Ability and high motivation to participate in the full duration of all 3 training courses.
High commitment for the 2 stages of the practice phase that involves 30 hrs. of practice in local context using the non-formal methodology. All participants will be asked to submit reports for the practice phase.
High commitment for 7 – 8 modules of online course. The strict deadlines will be given.
Commitment for monthly self-assessment through assessment form.
Experience in the topic of education and youth empowerment is an asset
Openness for and appreciation of non-formal learning process in high diversity context
High commitment for follow up activities and networking

All participants will be supported by the team of trainers and partners involved at all the stages.

The INFOPACK will be sent to the selected participants 1 month before the start of the training.

This is a LONG-TERM training course which will consist of 3 residential activities in different countries ( 1st activity – Czech Republic) and online learning phases and local practical phases in between. We expect long-term commitment from the participants and readiness to participate in all the 3 stages of the LTTC as well as online learning and practical phases.

Timeframe of the LTTC:
1st TC, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic – 13-22 January 2018 ( including travel days)
Online phase – February-August 2018 ( online)
2nd TC, Luxembourg, Luxembourg – 11-19 August 2018 ( including travel days)
Online phase – September 2018-March 2019
3d TC, Seoul, South Korea – 14-21 April 2019 ( including travel days)


Travel costs will be covered up to the travel limit done by distance calculator.
Travel limit for the 1st TC ( Czech Republic)
Czech Republic: 0 EUR
Hungary and Poland: 180 EUR
Portugal: 360 EUR
Luxembourg, Italy, Romania: 275 EUR
S.Korea: 900 EUR

Travel limit for the 2nd TC (Luxembourg)
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Italy: 275 EUR
Luxembourg 0 EUR
Korea 900 EUR

Travel limit for the 3d TC (S.Korea)
Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Luxembourg, Italy and Romania: 900 EUR
Korea: 0 EUR

Full board and lodging costs are covered by the organisers for all participants from grant funded by the Czech National Agency under ERASMUS+ programme. All participants will be accommodated by two to three persons in one room. Three times meal and coffee-brakes will be provided while all time of your stay.

Participation fee of 50 euro for each training activity per participant.

Apply now!

Application deadline (24h CET): 20 November 2017.

Date of selection: 13 December 2017.

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