Connecting for Non-Formal Education 2023: Fostering Collaboration, Exploring New Frontiers
As the organizers of Connecting for Non-Formal Education 2023, eematico is delighted to celebrate the success of our event. It served as a catalyst for bringing together stakeholders in the non-formal education sector, fostering meaningful dialogue, promoting best practices, and exploring new directions within the field.
Our primary objective was to create a platform where actors in non-formal education could connect and initiate thought-provoking conversations. We aimed to establish a recurring event and eventually build a community centered around non-formal education. Our specific goals included:
The event spanned two days, with a workshop format during the first day and an interactive public event on the second day. Participants received a comprehensive brief beforehand, outlining the event's structure and key topics for reflection. Five essential questions formed the foundation of our discussions:
To address these questions, participants engaged in individual reflection, small-group discussions, and plenary debates. We employed various lenses, including perceptions and beliefs, strategies and methods, challenges and barriers, future and innovation, impact and benefits, and personal views, to analyze and explore the questions thoroughly.
The workshop's results were remarkable, providing comprehensive insights into non-formal education. Four discussion boards were created to present the workshop's ideas to the public, serving as focal points for discussions during the public event.
The public event commenced with warm-up activities and introductory remarks, followed by presentations from workshop participants, who shared their work and organizations. The audience then split into four groups, rotating between the discussion boards. Each group had the opportunity to listen to a short presentation on the board's topic, contribute ideas, and engage in lively discussions. This segment fostered connection, shared visions, and enriched the findings with diverse perspectives.
A keynote address by Bethany Kaylor, the Communications Manager of Girls Garage, added an inspiring touch to the event. The public event concluded with reflections and feedback, followed by networking sessions that further facilitated meaningful conversations and collaborations.
The outcomes of Connecting for Non-Formal Education 2023 were significant. The workshop provided a clear understanding of non-formal education's various aspects, including its status quo, positives, opportunities, issues, and new thinking. It laid the groundwork for potential collaborations among organizations and generated interest in joining the NGO Academy network. The event also dispelled misconceptions surrounding non-formal education and promoted its integration within the formal educational system. Furthermore, the event helped foster a sense of community among participants, paving the way for future discussions and the development of a strong and supportive network.
As the event concluded, it became clear that the journey had just begun. We are inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of all participants and stakeholders. Our aspiration is to build a thriving community dedicated to systemic change and the advancement of non-formal education. We look forward to continued collaboration and further events that will shape the future of non-formal education. Together, we can create a brighter and more inclusive educational landscape for children and young people.
Luiza Apostu - Rubik School
Ana-Maria Costache - AMAIS
Edina Malkic - MIOS
Ruxandra Isailă Oprică - Fundația Agapedia
Ana Maria Roată Palade - Orășelul Cunoașterii
Cristina Petrescu - De-a Arhitectura
Lidija Sejdinovic - Teta Pricalica
Andreea Stoica - Fun Science
Maria Țărmure - Small Academy
Ion Neculai - eematico
Marianne Mann - NGO Academy
Manager - Ion Neculai eematico
Coordinator - Mihaela Sultana eematico
Assiting manager - Ioana Iancu eematico
Hands on Workshop - Bogdan Bălănescu eematico
Graphics - Flavia Fabian eematico
Advisor - Carolina Pascal eematico
Facilitation - Florin Ghindă
Design advisor - Andrei Carcea - Kort Marketing
Photography - Marius Lupu
A document with the main results of the event can be found here.
A deeper and more detailed presentation of the structure of the event as well as the results can be found here.
You can see the invitation blog-post of the event (including the complete list of workshop participants and details about them) here.
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