“Volunteers at the Interface between Formal and Non-Formal Education”
A majority of the young people who volunteer abroad year after year are engaged in formal education (schools, adult education centres…) or work with children and youth. In different ways, these young volunteers support teaching in the classroom – by way games, simulations, theatre, music, sports… The 41st issue of the ICYE Newsletter is dedicated to the theme, Volunteers at the Interface between Formal and Non-Formal Education. This is also the title of a Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project that aims to strengthen the work and contributions of young volunteers providing support in formal and non-formal education host projects worldwide. Creating synergies between the two streams of education requires opening up spaces for interactive, cooperative and creative learning processes in order to inspire children and youth, in particular youth with fewer opportunities, to partake in learning and to acquire knowledge. This, we hope, will also initiate a change in perceptions about what education represents and what it can contribute in today’s ever-changing world. Through her statement, “…playing is not necessarily contrary to learning, but can enhance and support the learning outcomes for children of all age groups,” the Danish EVS volunteer Irene Neimann Rasmussen calls for more synergies between formal and non-formal learning. In Volunteers Voices, Irene and another 13 EVS volunteers of the above-mentioned project presently volunteering in formal and non-formal host projects in 12 countries around the world narrate their experiences and their learning whilst using non-formal techniques to inspire young minds and let imaginations take flight.
News from International Organisations feature: UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016; UN World Population Day: Stand up for and Invest in Teenage Girls; UNEP/UNESCO: New YouthXchange Biodiversity and Lifestyles Guidebook; UNDP: Youth Global Programme for Sustainable Development and Peace (Youth-GPS) 2016-2020. News from NGOs report on: The common struggle to implement UN Sustainable Goals; What are the 21st-century Skills Every Student Needs?;
YouthMetro – Largest Repository of Youth Policy; Amnesty’s free online course on refugee rights; and LLP Position Paper on „Integrating Refugees and Migrants Through Education“.
ICYE Programme News include: Visit to ICYE New Member KERIC, Slovakia; ICYE Switzerland’s International Day 2016; Medical Camp 2016 in Kisii, Kenya; UNITED Conference: “Living Together: Transform a Divided Past Into Our Common Future”; and the ICYE Human Rights Education Toolkit and Impact Assessment Report.
Wishing you an interesting reading, we look forward to receiving articles and pictures for the next issue of “Worlds of Experience”, dedicated to „Volunteering: Charity or Solidarity? ”. Please send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org, before 31 January 2017.
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