Training of trainers – NFL and interactive methods in Youth work – ACHIEVE

Lesson 2- Principles of non-formal learning – tips and tricks

Basic characteristics of training designed over principles of NFL:

  • Process oriented to developing practical competencies;
  • Designed based on the learners needs and concerns;
  • Responding to learners experience and real life situation;
  • Using holistic approach – emotion, intellect and practice;
  • Voluntary participation and involvement in learning process;
  • Contains elements of empowerment of young people’s social participation;
  • Sustainable learning based on long lasting development of awareness, attitudes and behaviour.
  • Based on social learning (learning in group) that results in social and personal development;
  • Measuring progress on individual level of learners, instead of unified testing;
  • Based on values, human rights and mutual understanding, cooperation and support.

Source – T-Kit 6 – Training Essentials – Council of Europe publishing, F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, October 2002


The training program “Training of Trainers” is an educational product that is currently missing in the partner countries – Bulgaria, Cyprus and Romania. Due to the early stage of development of the youth sector and youth work in these countries the educational materials aimed at non-formal learning are still limited and insufficient. The lack of adequate educational framework for training of youth workers in the field of formal education leads to inefficient use of the capacity of professionals.

This course fills a gap in the youth sector, namely the need of methodologies for the preparation of trainers, who are able to train youth workers. This course will set the basis for the preparation of teams of trainers of youth workers. The course will serve the goal of development of youth work in the participating countries and other interested parties. A large number of youth workers can be trained according to the methodology at national and international level to use and promote non-formal learning as a tool to enhance the realization of young people in the labor market and increase their social cohesion.

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