The Daily Herald – Youth workers attend training course in Aruba

Group photo of participants in the training course.

ANGUILLA–Three youth workers from Anguilla completed an Erasmus training course for youth workers/leaders in Oranjestad, Aruba. It was organized through the House of Abba Anguilla in partnership with the Anguilla National Youth Council and the Department of Youth and Culture. The training course entitled “Meet the Method” has been designed to meet the needs of youth workers by providing them with non-formal education (NFE) methods and techniques, as well as to help them better understand education in NFE, its characteristics and its purpose for lifelong learning, especially in countries where interculturalism is prevalent.

The training course included participants from Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Saint Martin and Anguilla. Together, the youth workers from these countries adopted the motto: “Sharing is caring”, where a number of methods were shared and tried out. Some methods learned were molecules, speed dating, robot, world cafe, spirit animal and many more.

The “Meet the Method” training also aimed to develop the professionalism of youth workers in the field of NFE, in the hope of fostering civic engagement and responsible citizenship. They further aimed to promote European cooperation in the field of youth by creating equal opportunities in education through intercultural sharing and the exchange of good practices, experiences and expertise, while promoting a more democratic and civil society. The aim was to build the confidence of youth workers by developing their creativity and strengthening their cognitive and practical skills, in order to deliver quality programs in a way that encourages participation, ownership and creativity from all involved persons.

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