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Erasmus +

Non-formal learning methods for supportive learning environment

Programme summary
The main objective of the course is to introduce the resources of non-formal learning methods for supporting teachers' work, and students' development and learning processes at schools and educational institutions. Through experiential learning and practical experience participants will become skilled in a variety of non-formal methods, games and tools aimed at creating and sustaining functional, favourable and inclusive learning environment. By the end of the course every participant will create a personal "Toolbox of non-formal methods".
Competencies that will be developed by participants of the course
Understanding principles, values and characteristics of non-formal learning
Understanding how needs and interests of young people (including young people with special needs) could be better addressed by non-formal learning methods
Practicing facilitation of non-formal learning for young people
Choosing adequate non-formal methods for supporting learning process at school: icebreakers, energizers, team-building games, forming group activities, feedback techniques, etc.
Acquiring mindfulness techniques for reducing stress and anxiety
Developing of personal reflective practice and learning how to use it for fostering positive students' development
Developing communication skills in multicultural and multilingual context
Furthermore, collaborative and experiential learning will promote interaction among participants in the whole programme and create favourable preconditions for further cooperation
Programme
DAY 1
DAY 1
Traditional welcoming - Getting to know each other in a friendly and playful way - Introduction to the course and presentation of the timetable - Explanation of practical arrangements and information about the course venue - Personal learning & action plan
DAY 2
DAY 2
Icebreakers as a method - Team-building games - Reflective practice, guidelines how to use the learning diary for reflection and self-evaluation - Learning process and key competencies of life-long learning
DAY 3
DAY 3
Energizers as a method (warming up and cooling down) - Formal, non-formal, informal learning: where is the difference? - Principles of non-formal learning - Ladder of participation - Fostering active learning environment with non-formal learning methods
DAY 4
DAY 4
Including non-formal learning methods in formal settings - Choosing the right method, adjusting to different groups of students (including students with special needs) - Excursion
DAY 5
DAY 5
Non-formal learning indoor and outdoor - Connecting with Nature - Mindfulness exercises for reducing stress and anxiety
DAY 6
DAY 6
Preparation of personal tool-box of non-formal learning methods
DAY 7
DAY 7
Key learning points, action plan, conclusion - Feedback as a method - Evaluation
Supportive learning materials of the programme will be sent to the participants in advance. The training itself will not be built on lectures or presentations, but on searching effective solutions and inspiration for the participants' practice, discovering experiences of other countries and spending valuable time together.

We make tailor-made programmes according to the organisation's needs if the whole group is from one organisation.
Details
Target groups: teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, special needs), adult educators, teacher trainers, career officers, educational guides and counselors, headteachers and principals.

Course fee: 560 €

Amount includes preparation for the course, training, training materials, organizational costs, cultural and social programme. Accommodation and meals are not included.
Locations and dates
Protaras, Cyprus
11-17 April 2022 (course confirmed!)

Tallinn and Narva, Estonia
23-29 May 2022 (course confirmed!)

Acharavi, Corfu island, Greece
08-14 August 2022

Saint-Martin (French and Dutch island in the Caribbean Sea)
24-30 October 2022

Protaras, Cyprus
07-13 November 2022

Tallinn and Narva, Estonia
05-11 December 2022
Register
Contact
Jelena Lohmatova
CEO
Phone: + 375 512 09 98
E-mail: jelena.lohmatova@vestifex.com
Keep in touch!
+372 512 0998
learning@vestifex.com
Tuleviku 7 Narva, Estonia