EEE - Exchange-Explore-Empower
The Exchange-Explore-Empower study visit was designed for youth workers, trainers and pedagogues who will further disseminate and work with the concept and methodology of non-formal education in their countries to use the lessons learned and experience to make greater use of the non-formal education principles in formal education , youth work and local communities.
Date and venue: 7.-11.10.2017, Vienna, Austria
Partner countries involved in the project: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, United Kingdom.
This study visit had 3 main focus levels and determined primarily these objectives:
"Exchange" - Sharing existing experiences with the use of non-formal education in schools, working with young people and local communities in different countries and contexts;
"Explore" - through visits to various types of organizations, they have been able to map and understand how the non-formal learning elements of different types of institutions (schools, community centers, non-profit organizations) and working with different target groups (children / youth, parents, teachers ), in the context of Austrian culture. Thanks to this particular experience, it also managed to support the reflection of the participants in the study visit and the realization of similarities / differences in the use of non-formal education in their countries.
"Empower" - focusing on the development of knowledge, skills and competencies of non-formal education participants, with emphasis on the use of knowledge in practice both in formal education and in youth work in non-profit organizations and local communities. An important part of the study visit was also to strengthen the motivation of participants to work with the topic and methods of non-formal education, including its applicability in formal education, in different cultural contexts and countries.
In addition to deepening knowledge and skills in the field of non-formal education and visits to various institutions (Mindfulness Center, Neighborhood Center Bassina, Wahringergasse Alternative School, Nachbarinnen Center - Assistance to Inclusion of Minorities Living in Vienna to the majority society and Austrian culture), the project brought about the establishment and deepening of cooperation with participants and their organizations from different countries, including concrete proposals for further cooperation. In ANEV, for example, we are thinking about a conceptual project aimed at interconnecting local governments, non-formal education and schools so that the implementation of local youth policies is as effective as possible.