Since January I’m part of the PET, as junior trainer, and some weeks ago I had the chance to participate in a training called “Open Agenda”, an innovative project with the aim of developing new learning approaches.
Open Agenda was probably the most peculiar and meaningful I’ve ever taken part in: as mentioned, the main aim of the training was to discover and implement an innovative approach in non-formal education and to reinforce the elements of self-directed learning, learner cantered and participants needs based educational activities.Therefore, as participants we were directly responsible for our own learning needs and experience within the group.
As you can imagine, the first impression of this new and challenging context was like being part of the Hunger Games: no rules, no schedules, everybody has his own ideas and wants to push for them … To adapt to this new and unusual training environment was thought at the beginning, even for the more experienced trainers in the room, but still, day after day, with the help of the project senior trainers, Nik and Matej, we managed to start working together and to develop our own agenda, based on our own learning needs. We ended up working as a real and strong team, sometimes with some difficulties and misunderstandings, for sure, but managing to keep the focus on our common aim.
I believe that the moment that better allowed us to start working together and to fully understand the situation was the session delivered by Ira, who explained in detail how the session outlines should be written and developed. From there, we started to work in small groups on different topics and without even realising thatour agenda was… ready!
As I said, this was probably the best learning experience I’ve ever had: I can say that I learned from every single person I worked with. It was a great, educational and unique experience, which gave me further skills and competences to become a better youth worker and trainer.