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Non-formal learning methods for supportive learning environments

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 learn a variety of non-formal methods, games and tools aimed at creating and sustaining functional, favorable and inclusive learning environments. They will also experience learning in various settings: museum, library, parks and gardens, co-working space, etc. 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 & practicing facilitation of non-formal learning for young people

  • understanding how the needs and interests of young people (including young people with special needs) could be better addressed by non-formal learning methods

  • choosing adequate non-formal methods for supporting the learning process at school, outdoors and in cultural institutions (museum, library, etc.)

  • developing personal reflective practice, learning how to use it for fostering students development

  • collaborative & experiential learning will promote interaction among participants in the whole programme & create favorable preconditions for further cooperation


Day 1

  • Traditional welcoming

  • Getting to know each other in a friendly & playful way

  • Introduction to the course and presentation of the timetable

  • Explanation of practical arrangements & information about the course venue

  • Personal learning & action plan

Day 2

  • Icebreakers as a method

  • Team-building games

  • Reflective practice, guidelines on how to use the learning diary for reflection and self-evaluation

  • The learning process and key competencies of life-long learning

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 an active learning environment with non-formal learning methods

Day 4

  • Including non-formal learning methods in formal settings

  • Choosing the right method, adjusting to different groups of students (incl. students with special needs)

  • Excursion

Day 5

  • Non-formal learning indoor and outdoor

  • Connecting with Nature

  • Mindfulness exercises for reducing stress & anxiety

Day 6

  • Preparation of personal tool-box of non-formal learning methods

Day 7

  • Key learning points, action plan, conclusion

  • Feedback as a method

  • Evaluation

Location & Dates

Cyprus 27 May 2024

Estonia 24 June 2024 

Estonia 2 December 2024 

Saint-Martin 13 January 2025

Cyprus 28 April 2025

Estonia 30 June 2025

Corfu 18 August 2025

Estonia 8 December 2025



Target audience: teachers, trainers, headmasters, school and education managers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, adult educators, other non-governmental organization staff, public servants, and policy makers.

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 for effective solutions and inspiration for the participants' practice, discovering experiences of other countries and spending valuable time together. 


Participation fee: 

400 € - 5 days

560 € - 7 days

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