Intercultural facilitation based on non-formal educational and experiential learning approaches are evolving continuously to better respond to new, diverse and complex realities.
Non-formal educational approaches to different key aspects for facilitators to take into account when planning content and methods for projects such as Youth Exchanges or Training Courses.
By before to start, let’s have a look at the definition of non-formal education.
Non-formal education refers to any planned programme of personal and social education for young people designed to improve a range of skills and competences, outside the formal educational curriculum.
“Non-formal education (NFE), because of its diversity and flexibility, can make a special contribution to the quality of provision of education, not only just by making it available, but also accessible, acceptable, and adaptable”. Therefore, NFE with its flexibility could be a response for those neglected by mainstream education.
The purpose of NFE is not necessarily to receive a certificate, it is instead a specific and short-term type of education. The contents in NFE are practical in nature and individualized to the individual. What is important are the results that are obtained, the content itself is adapted to the level of the clientele. The access to the system is flexible and resource-oriented; the focus is on the learners.
Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience and is both an active and reflective process. Experiential learning focuses on gaining knowledge first hand instead of simply hearing or reading about a topic. With ELA we make sure that people have access to the most impactful and productive experiential learning opportunities.