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TC "Leaders need skills", 31.08-8.09.2016, Budy Lucieńskie, Poland

opublikowane: 10 maj 2017, 01:43 przez Opus Humanum

From 31 August till 8 September Opus Humanum hosted an Erasmus+ Training Course "Leaders need skillls". The project gathered 24 youth workers from 8 countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece, Latvia, Poland, Sweden and Turkey. The aim was to equip them with skills needed to grow as a youth leader, whilst introducing the project method of training. The international 7-day-lasting training course allowed participants to acquire new skills and knowledge, professional and generic competencies, raise self-esteem, learn how to work, raise competitiveness, and improve coaching skills in order to transfer their knowledge and skills to young people. The focus was on participation, active involvement, sharing of experiences, learning by doing, exchange of good practice, group work and intercultural dimension.

The objectives of the training course were:

• To provide youth workers with the opportunity to exchange good practice and expertise in the field of youth work

• To increase professional and generic competencies of youth leaders

• To introduce the project method way of training to youth leaders, whilst enhancing their coaching skills

• To develop follow-up projects for maintaining and strengthening long term international cooperation and exchange

• To develop solidarity and promote tolerance among young people, in particular to contribute to the social cohesion in the European Union.

During the week participants had a chance to go through an intensive training during which they tested several practical tools that aim at fostering various skills and abilities such as team work, leadership, coaching skills, effective learning etc. The Training Course was based on various non-formal education methods, such as creative presentations, discussions, role plays, exchange of good practice, reflections, brainstorming, teambuilding, energizers, intercultural learning.  

We are very happy to conclude that the project was fruitful and it reached its aim. Participants worked really hard throughout the week and learned a lot not only about leadership skills, but also about their own leadership styles and areas for improvement. They had a chance to design and run their own workshops, learn and practice leadership activities which can be used with youth and they could get to know the culture of participating countries better during intercultural nights. They also created a few projects for future cooperation.