INTERCULTURAL LEARNING

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17/02/2019 - 31/12/2019 (All Day)
Kathmandu, Nepal

Youth Entrepreneurship and Tourism for Social Development (YESTD) has been facilitating intercultural learning in work new generation and youth groups through the training programs. YESTD gathers together youth worker, youth leader, an educator from to improve competencies that are essential in work with young people. Youth programmes have created space for young people’s learning through personal experience. Some of these experiences are facilitated, others may give an impression of accidental or a given. For example, the intercultural learning or learning with and from the group in a learning mobility is often taken for granted, as “it will happen anyway”. While it is nice to have a piece of magic in the learning activities, we believe that an educator should master the magic tricks and use them wisely to steer the group to where he or she wants them to be. Group processes happen in youth exchanges, camps, training courses or seminars regardless of the preparation of facilitator. Though the “ability to utilize certain group processes for educative purposes is a great strength.” Therefore, with this training course, we are willing to improve the strength of youth workers and youth leaders in understanding and utilizing intercultural group processes for educative purposes and to give them tools to get a grip on these rather intangible aspects and to show them to the broader community.

OUR AIM: To support and empower youth workers and youth leaders through developing competencies needed to facilitate the learning process of intercultural groups of young people.

Programme Objective:

  • To develop an understanding of group processes and their effect on learning;
  • To improve professional competences of participants which will help them to facilitate activities with young people with learning-oriented approach;
  • To improve participants’ competencies to plan, run and evaluate exercises on intercultural learning;
  • Develop an understanding of the importance of reflection in educational activities and provide participants with the competence of guiding reflection process of youngsters: designing reflection questions and running the process;
  • To improve participants’ competencies to adjust, adapt and create new methods based on non-formal education methodology that are in line with the current stage of the group dynamics;
  • To introduce focus groups as a tool for investigating intercultural learning process and its impact on young people;
  • To create space for future Erasmus+ projects development and ensuring the quality of the projects through developing a common understanding of Youth project quality criteria: non-formal education, intercultural learning, and impact.

The training course is based on non-formal education methodological principles, experiential learning, holistic education and includes group work, individual consultations, reflection, inclusive presentations, learning by doing, etc. Improved competencies of youth workers and youth leaders to run educational activities, facilitate intercultural learning in groups and to research the learning process of young people. All of this will have an impact on improved quality of youth work, promoting holistic, non-instrumental and non-formal attitudes towards youth work in participating organisations, the local communities across Nepal. 

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