“Change must go on” is a project about how to tackle global education issues using specific non formal education methods: Storytelling, Sensory Labyrinth Theatre and PhotoVoice.
The project included 2 international mobilities for youth workers: the first mobility – a training course that took place in Ezerkrasti, Rēzekne region (Latvia) from 11th to 19th September 2016; and the second mobility – Follow up meeting who took place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania from 24th-28th of March 2017.
The project gathered 24 youth workers coming from 8 countries – EU and EECA region (Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, Latvia). All participants who attended the training course were youth workers, youth leaders, high school teachers, volunteers that work in the field of youth, volunteer coordinators, mentors or school psychologists.
The project team developed the idea of the project due to the need of youth workers to know and use practical methods in their work, that could foster impact on local and global levels. Therefore, the team created the two continuous projects “Stories for Changes” and “Change must go on” with the purpose to equip youth workers with tools that can support their work with relevant global education topics in their communities. The team wanted to bring global education topics closer to the youth work field by “translating” some of the global topics through the three non-formal methods.
The OBJECTIVES of the project are following:
1. To increase the knowledge regarding active global citizenship, sustainable development goals (SDG), global warming of 24 youth workers coming from 8 countries.
2. To develop skills for using Storytelling, PhotoVoice and Sensory Labyrinth Theatre non-formal methods of education that will enable 24 youth workers;
3. To create a bridge of transferability of both theoretical frame and the methods of non formal education towards the community.
4. To increase motivation for becoming educational agents of change of 24 youth workers coming from 8 countries.
During the training course in Latvia, the participants followed Kolb’s cycle of experiential learning and experienced 3 non-formal education methods: Storytelling, Sensorial Labyrinth Theater and PhotoVoice to tackle the global education issues. Afterwards they received knowledge input in order to better understand the concept of global education, glocalization and global warming. During their stay in Latvia participants practiced the experienced methods and other input received during the training course by facilitating Storytelling sessions in Malta Secondary schools, creating a Sensorial path of Labyrinth Theatre for local youth in Malta Youth center as well as creating a PhotoVoice exhibition in the Youth center of Malta village.
After the learning experience in Latvia, participants had 6 month to implement local activities in their communities using 3 methods and ideas learned and developed during the training course.
At the end of the project Follow-up meeting was held in Cluj-Napoca (Romania), March 2017. Meeting was dedicated to evaluate developed and implemented local activities, to provide feedback and finalize the common work on the brochure “Change must go ON. Storytelling, PhotoVoice, Sensory Labyrinth Theater for Global Education”. Developed brochure will be available online on web page: storiesforchanges.eu