Newsletter No. 1

"Community Education Facilitating"

Currently, there is no training program for actors initiating local or regional learning processes, which would anchor community education (CE) as a central task. There are community development (CD) courses, but education and learning are a mere byproduct in them, and there are concepts of outreach learning and embedded learning, but these neglect community development. The project at hand in turn joins community education and development, thereby contribu-ting to individual (through learning) as well as to collective (through community development) development. Five partners from Austria, Italy, Scotland, Bulgaria and Germany have started a common project for developing new educational practices in the field of community and regional educational development: "Community Education Facilitating“ (CEF) will enable more participation and empowerment of citizens by developing two new courses for community learning in their areas, one for professional community workers/employees and one for volunteers.

Referring to the policy for Community Learning and DevelopingDeveloping (CLD) of the Scottish Government,
“Community Learning and Development is learning and social development work with individuals and groups in their communities using a range of formal and informal methods. A common defining feature is that programmes and activities are developed in dialogue with communities and participants. CLD's main aim is to help individuals and communities tackle real issues in their lives through community action and community-based learning“

Foto SeminarThe two curricula will be developed within a 2 year period and will contribute to the creation of more local participative communities, helping to support and establish their identity, and grow and develop together.
The training course for the “Community Education Facilitator“ will target adult education organisations, local and regional development agencies. The training course “Community Activist” will be organised for volunteers.
The initial project meeting was held up in October 2015 in Glasgow where the partners worked on the basic structure for the curricula development of the CEF. During this first meeting we also hosted the first round table meeting with experts in the field of community learning and development who also contributed to the identification of the programme curriculum. We believe Scotland is one of the most innovative and interesting areas for establishing community learning and development activities. They have years of experience in training community learning and development practitioners, supporting the development of community action and working closely with local communities. Based on the experiences of local stakeholders the CEF project has decided to develop a curriculum for training to be a “Community Education Facilitator“. The curriculum should cover all the relevant topics and is divided into six modules. The sixth module to be developed will cover the training for “Community Activists”.

CLD: An Introduction Systems &
Structures
Learning
Approaches
  • Definition of CLD
  • Introduction
  • Ethics
  • Values (inc E&D)
  • Codes
  • Purpose
  • Mapping
  • Target Groups
  • Local Issues
  • Examples of practice?
  • Quality
  • Marketing
  • Partnership
  • Networking
  • Funding
  • Empowerment
  • System Knowledge
  • Decision Makers
  • Risk assessment
  • Learning Styles
  • Formal
  • Informal
  • One –to-One
  • Peer learning
  • Experiential
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Training needs analysis
  • Barriers to learning
  • (Theory in guidance notes)
Groupwork Communication  
  • Conflict Management
  • Management of groups
  • Life Cycle
  • Group Dynamics
  • Leadership Styles
  • Committee Skills (agendas etc)
  • Motivation
  • accountability
  • Verbal
  • Non-verbal
  • Barriers
  • Theories
  • Presentation Skills
  • Facilitating
  • Moderation

(theory in guidance notes)

 

Forecast: Till the end of January 2016 each partner will develop one of the above mentioned modules. This will be achieved by involving local experts/stakeholders in each region, who are from regional development agencies, adult education organisations and volunteer organisations.

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