About the project
About the project
Between 03 and 11 April 2017, international seminar “COOL Learning” took place in Norway, Hornsjo. The thirtyseven participants came from 10 several countries: Norway, Czech Republic, Spain, Latvia, Hungary, France, Malta, Greece, Turkey, Romania and Italy. The application was eventually submitted by the “STIFTELSEN DEN REISENDE HØGSKOLE (DRH Norway School for Cooperation and Development)” organization, it was the most optimal decision. The work of the coordinating team was supported equally by the other partner organizations, sharing tasks. The seminar was based on creative and innovative non – formal educational methods with special focus on creativity, culture, employment and entrepreneurship.
As youth workers we have been working with young people with fewer opportunities with special focus on early school leavers, unemployed young people, immigrants kids, rural youth, Roma young people and we have to improve our youth workers’ capacity to invent, prepare, use and adapt such type of creative and innovative methods, techniques and tools which can be useful in our youth work for the sake of our target groups. It is very hard nowadays to motivate young people with fewer opportunities to be part of any type of activities but it is even harder to keep them involved into it.
So the main reason of our projects was to explore the techniques of cooperative learning, how it can be adapted into our local youth work realities. Cooperative learning techniques can improve transversal skills, emotional quotient, and social skills of young people with fewer opportunities through youth work activities.
By youth work activities our aim was to develop the interpersonal competences of our target groups according to their needs, so having main focus on listening, respect different opinions, leadership, problem solving, conflict solving, help to each other’s, critical thinking, creative thinking, etc. Besides these transversal skills, it is essential to develop and improve their EQ with special focus on self-esteem, self-control, self–motivation, empathy, partnership.
Young people with fewer opportunities need to be supported to feel important, to make self – assessment, to get positive messages, to recognise their own values and experience to be important part of the community.
During cooperative learning, the participants could experience and recognised how good to be a member of a diverse group, taking responsibility for each other’s, supporting each other’s, enjoying a group work, developing communication skills, to be committed, to be creative, to be motivated, etc. These skills was necessary than and now as well to enter to the labour market and even to be happy and successful in our work and family lives.
The overall aim of the project was to understand the meaning of cooperative learning, to explore its techniques and structures and adapt it into youth work realities based on the needs of young people with fewer opportunities. Being able to understand the different motivation factors of young people and how it can be used within youth work activities.
Being able to prepare, run and evaluate youth work workshops by using techniques and structures of cooperative learning on developing social skills, communication skills, decision making skills, know – how, information skills, critical thinking, creative thinking and cooperation skills of young people with fewer opportunities. Initiate local and international youth projects, workshops, activities, etc. by using cooperative learning structures and share and improve its methodology regarding youth work activities.
The training course was built on the methodology of non – formal education and based on the techniques and structure of cooperative learning. Participants had the chance to participate actively in a cooperative learning process then make a meta – reflection in order to assess the techniques and structures and adapt it into their daily youth work based on the needed competence development of their target groups.
Overall, based on the feedback, we feel it was a successful project. We have achieved our goal we know for sure that the knowledge transferred by the training can now be passed on by the participants, thus creating a more useful and developing society.