22.04.2020 – 29.04.2020
About the project:
Through the training course "Out for ChangE+" we want to motivate youth workers to change the set patterns and perspective about education and activity design, to realize the countless possibilities to implement inclusive activities and the multidimensional benefits that this can have in the learning process and development of the young people, contributing to the change of the learning, education and educational system in an inclusive one, and empower youth workers and most important, the young people through them. Furthermore, we want to support youth workers to understand better and promote an inclusive environment, to develop their skills and learning in innovative settings, using non-formal education methods to raise their civic and social awareness.
Throughout the project, the participants will:
1. Develop their knowledge about inclusion and inclusive nonformal education methods, that they can apply in their typical work, both to develop themselves and the competencies of their young beneficiaries;
2. Develop their training skills and expertise in working with youth workers in inclusive settings, using NFE and experiential methods;
3. Develop the awareness of youth workers that integrating inclusive education methods and activities can create social change and benefit greatly the youth participants and their communities.
About the organizers:
The association CPDIS is an organisation that has as purposes the development of youth, helping out those who lack opportunities, the integration into society of discriminated young people and encouraging youth initiative. Our organisation has a number of 35 members that come from both urban and rural environments, aged between 18 and 30. It is our wish that through this project, the youth will develop their abilities, attitudes and knowledge base, all of these leading to the expansion of their skill set. Our members had the chance of participating to international projects within Erasmus Plus in most European countries, having accumulated the necessary experience to engage in non-formal activities with the young people. We are working with the youth for cultural, social and economic development. We sustain equal opportunities in our present society.
Partner countries and organizations
INSTITUT ZA POTICANJE MLADIH
Associazione Culturale Mastronauta
Bulgarian Youth Forum
Do Great Things
The training course will have 8 full days of activities, between the 22nd and the 29th of April
2020 (21 and 30 April wil be travel days) that will be organized in Horezu, Romania, hosting 34 youth workers that will develop themselves personally and professionally with the aim of promoting and being active in inclusive education.
The methods used will be non-formal indoor and outdoor methods, focused on inclusion by combining activities and tools used in: non-formal education, experiential outdoor education and therapy, art and drama therapy, mixed in a multidimensional approach to create great impact and provide practical tools that they can transfer easily in their daily work with the young people.
We will focus on: promoting inclusion in all our activities, team building activities, to form the group and create a network of professionals; peer to peer learning - sharing sessions; design and simulation of activities to develop the knowledge and skills of the participants; communication with groups that have members with disability; group dynamics management. The activities of the mobility are based on the principle of learning by doing.
Our participants will be 34 youth workers from the 8 partner countries that work daily with youngsters - any level of experience with the age above 18, interested and highly motivated in developing their skills in inclusive education and with a vivid interest of doing so with the help of non-formal outdoor experiential education and with a strong determination to transfer the methods in their daily work and to promote inclusive education in their communities and beyond. They should own a strong desire to share their own experiences and learning outcomes and use them as tools to improve their skills/methods and the ones of the youth they are working with.
English level should not be eliminatory, but it would be recommended to be at least B1.
The project is not created for outdoor experts, but for youth workers that are interested to integrate in their work methods that favour inclusion of youngsters with mobility or visual impairment. The physical level of difficulty of the methods is low, but the specific outcomes about how to actually work with outdoor inclusive education having a group with participants with special needs is high level.
Each group will have 4 youth workers. Minimum age of the youth workers should be 18. We recommend a gender balance for the participants.
Profile of the participants:
-aged 18+, promoting life-long learning;
-youth workers who get in contact daily with youngsters in different settings;
-with a vivid interest in adopting an inclusive approach in their youth work;
-with openness of sharing, utilizing personal experiences & tools, as well as integrating the knowledge, skills and attitudes acquired during the project in their daily work;
-with medium to high English level.