Programme summary

The main objective of the course is to introduce the resources of non-formal learning methods for supporting teacher's work, students' development, and learning processes at schools and educational institutions.

Through experiential learning and practical experience, participants will become skilled in variety of non-formal methods, games, and tools aimed at creating and sustaining a functional, favourable, and inclusive learning environement. By the end of the course, every participant will create a personal “Toolbox of non-formal methods”.

  Skills 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.

  Day-by-day programme

 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

- Icebreakers as a method

- Team-building games

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

- Learning process and key skills of life-long learning

- Individual and group reflection

- Intercultural evening


- Energizers as a method of learning (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

- Individual and group reflection


- Including non-formal learning methods in formal settings

- Choosing the right method, adjusting to different groups of students (including students with special needs)

- Excursion to Bled


- Non-formal learning indoor and outdoor

- Connecting with nature

- Mindfullness exercises for reducing stress and anxiety

- Individual and group reflection

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

- Open space for the participants to share their ideas and experience

- Individual and group reflection


- Key learning points, action plan, and conclusion

- Planning follow up activities, dissemination and implementation of learning outcomes

- Discussing and planning possibilities for future cooperation among participants

- Feedback as a method

- Evaluation

- Farewell evening

Target groups:

Teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, special needs), teacher trainers, careers officers, educational guides, counsellors, headteachers, and principals.

Dates:  07.08.2016 – 13.08.2016

Course fee:  490 €.

Amount includes preparation for the course, tuition, training materials, organizational costs, cultural and social programme. Accommodation and meals are not included.

Accommodation: Radovljica, Slovenia


 Adult Learning Centre “Vestifex” (

 Non-Formal Learning Centre “VitaTiim”(

 Registration and information:

 Registration link:

Jelena Lohmatova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., +372 51 20998

Galina Kushanova This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.m, +372 55629094



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15. juunist 2011 15. juunini 2012 aitas OÜ-l Vestifex põhivara soetada, turundustegevusi ellu viia ning veebilehte luua Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse alustava ettevõtja stardi- ja kasvutoetuse programm.