THE SMILE TRAINING IN MACEDONIA

Innovative methods in adult education
World Cafe and Open Space Technology

03 – 04 November 2006
Bitola, Macedonia

THE SMILE TRAINING IN MACEDONIA

Goals of the training:

  • Presented 2 innovative methods (World Cafe and Open Space Technology) used within the SMILE project activities for adult educators in SEE
  • Provide a ground for methods exchange between the adult educators attending the training
By the end of the training participants will:
  • Have an understanding of the two suggested methods
  • Be able to creatively adapt the suggested methods to their working settings

For few participants it was the first training they ever participated in, while others had different training regarding their professional development. Participants came from diverse backgrounds (Psychologist, pedagogies and other vocations), some of them are working like trainers and teachers and the rest of the participants are in the last year of there studies. From the beginning the group was motivated to take part on this Seminar.

This was the agenda for this seminar

03 November, Friday

10:00 - 11:30 Welcome & Introduction of the participants and team Introduction to the SMILE project and the goals of the training
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee / Tea Break
12:00 - 13:30 World Cafe I
13:30 - 15:00 Lunch Break
15:00 - 16:30 World Cafe II
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee / Tea Break
17:00 - 18:30 Trainer Type Inventory(TTI) ,Learning Styles Questionnaire and Preparing for the Evening Program
18:30 - 20:00 Dinner
20:00 - 22:00 Evening Program (Party)

04 November, Saturday

10:00 - 11:30 Open Space Technology
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee / Tea Break
12:00 - 14:00 Benefits of using Methods on this seminar
Evaluation of the training
14:00 Lunch and Departure of the participants

I. World Cafe Results

The first method introduced to the participants was World Cafe. After the introduction of the goal and principles of the World Cafe method, participants were split into 3 groups (about 5 participants in one group) and organized group discussions concerning the following topic in relaxed surrounding: Innovative methods in adult education.

Each group covered three main issues:

  • What is the role of Innovative methods in adult education in Macedonia?
  • How to secure effective self education in adult education?
  • What is for us an innovative Method?
The results of the discussions were presented on a flipchart by the hosts of each group separately and they were the following:

Group 1:

  • Topic: What is the role of Innovations methods in adult education in Macedonia?

    Increase of interactivity of the students
    Increase of creativity and productivity
    Socialization, self actualization, strengthening of self conscience
    Improvement of communication skills
    Increase of the activity of the students (credit- transfer system)
    Changing the teaching program and materials
    Increased approach to information
    Seminars and lessons held by experienced professors and educators from eminent worldwide universities
    Implementation of Linear participation (equal)
    Recall of the enter exam on university’s

Group 2:

  • Topic: How to secure effective self education in adult education?

    Better internet approach(cheaper)
    - in order to gain easier access to information
    Richer choice of literature in city libraries
    All kinds of literature – scientific, technical
    Subscription to magazines ...
    Active involvement in seminars, workshops and courses
    Internship program – adopting experience
    Long distance learning
    Visiting free educations, lectures etc.
    Bigger self initiation for developing innovation and creativity.
    -free creativity
    -fashion design, naive art, masonry, culinary.
    Keeping the traditions of old artisan and handcraft

Group 3:

  • Topic: What is for us an innovation Method?

    Implementing new innovative methods is needed in adult education for better education.
    Implementing new methods in adult education (credit-transfer system) and its modification and adaptation for the needs of the working place.
    Introduction and implementation of the quality standards
    Introducing the adults with the innovations in ways suitable to their needs and responsibilities and abilities for intellectual upgrade.
    Relieving the adult employees from the barriers and encouraging them to implement their own creativity in work as well as in education
    Flexibility of the working time.
On the second session, participants were split into 3 groups (about 5 participants in one group) and organized group discussions regarding the following topic in a relaxed atmosphere: Innovative methods in adult education.

Each group covered three main issues:

  • Adult education like an opportunity for employment of the army of unemployed people in Macedonia
  • What would be the most efficient strategy for lifelong learning in Macedonia?
  • How the information for activities and topics for adult education to reach those people how need it the most
The results of the discussions were presented on a flipchart by the hosts of each group separately and they were the following:

Group 1

  • Topic: Adult education like an opportunity for employment of the army of unemployed people in Macedonia

    Language - English, German, Italian
    Computer skills – Free courses
    Employment with benefits
    Reactivation of the old factories
    Institutions for high education
    Attracting foreign investments
    Financing farming and agriculture
    Stimulation of handcraft workshops

Group 2

  • Topic: What would be the most efficient strategy for lifelong learning in Macedonia?

    Tuition for workers (trainings, seminars) according the needs of the working position
    Stimulation and motivation ( material and moral)
    Education for unemployed people through courses
    -for graduated students
    -for adult people
    Better qualification for unemployed people through courses, seminars and practice.
    Giving them all kinds of tasks during the training to raise interest and productivity.
    Mass information for methods and type of education
    Stimulating teaching staff for implementing novelties in the teaching program
    Educating adult target group in order to follow the general development and the new technology

Group 3

  • Topic: How the information for activities and topics for adult education to reach those people how need it the most

    Survey in order to gather information for the type of education that is necessary (education and prequalification)
    Public media (printed and electronic)
    Flyers
    Add board for employment – employment bourse
    Directly to the Lifelong learning universities
    Through organizations
    Through personal experience
    Local and national seminars and workshops
    Strengthening of the public awareness of the employers in order to stimulate the employees to educate

II. Open Space Technology Results

The first part of the second training day was dedicated to Open Space Technology Method. Participants were informed about the principles and one law of Open Space Technology, and they were expected to write down their ideas and to create 3 workshops related to our general topic Innovative methods in adult education.

After stating their ideas and pinning them to the bristle board, the participants were asked to sign their name under the ideas that they found the most important to work on. Afterwards they chose a topic. The participants were given Open Space Protocol which they completed and posted on the board.

These are the results of the Open Space protocols:

Group 1:

Topic: Finances as a factor for lifelong learning in Macedonia

Inspired by: Sasho

  • Cheaper courses (free courses)
    • Computers
    • Language
    • Vocations
  • Financial stimulation of the State (Country)
    • More attention to the unemployed
  • Preparing national strategy
  • Activating and using the IPA funds
  • Stimulating the employers to educate their workers.
  • Easier approach to information

Group 2:

Topic: Better prices and information as a condition for increase of interest for adult education

Inspired by: Aleksandra

  • The price should be formed according the life standard in the local area
  • Adapting the prices according the number of participators from one family
  • Discount for families that are financially less secured
  • Providing free learning materials and books
  • Organizing courses for Parents – child
  • Bigger number of marketing materials
  • Oftener usage the folk wisdom in order to raise their awareness
    Folk wisdom:
  • A man is learning lifelong
  • Knowledge can open an iron doors

Group 3:

Topic: Ways to increase adult education

Inspired by: Vesna

  • Equipment for classroom and cabinets in education institution
    • audio- visual equipment
    • technical equipment for the practical part of the course
  • Selection of adequate qualified teaching staff
  • Variety of courses
  • Flexible course time
  • Systematical approach of the tutorial
  • Efficiency in the tuition
  • Effectiveness in the tuition
  • Approachable teaching staff

EVALUATION
Evaluation of the methods

The participants were asked to evaluate the methods by voting for the favorite method based on criteria that participants determined. Based on the results the favorite method of the group is the World Cafe. Participants stated that their criteria was applicability, usefulness, how interesting how motivating methods were.

World Cafe 12
Open Space 4

Discussion about the training

At the beginning of the training participants stated their expectations: upgrade there professional knowledge, new skills, something new, creativity, tuition, exchange of experiences, learn new methods and technologies, to gain motivation to take part in more trainings, networking with people, fresh ideas, Learning thro the funny and interesting way, to have fun, cooperation, hot tea, positive energy...

At the end of the training, all participants together discussed about their impressions of the training and what they will use from this training in their professional work. It was stated that the training was very useful and they had learn two very useful methods. All participants stated that their expectations were met.
Also at the end of the training participants stated there attachments: new experience, wide knowledge, picture for them self, new methods and technologies, new topics, upgrade there self and there professional knowledge, two peas full day’s, new friendships, good team work, fun, learned that creativity is important …

Weakness of the training: All participants together discussed about weakness of the training and what they will change in the future: Approach to the hotel (The hotel is situated on the mountain and because of the snowing was very hard to overtake to the hotel), this seminar was too short (it should be at least two or three days).

The training was prepared and facilitated by Gjorgji Kamchev.


THE SMILE TRAINING IN SERBIA

Participatory Methods for Shaping our Realities:
World Cafe, Future Workshop and Open Space Technology

16 – 17 June 2006
Belgrade, Serbia

THE SMILE TRAINING IN SERBIA

Aims of the training:

  • Present 3 innovative methods (World Cafe, Future Workshop and Open Space Technology) used within the SMILE project activities to adult educators in SEE
  • Provide a floor for methods exchange between the adult educators attending the training
By the end of the training participants will:
  • Have an understanding of the three suggested methods
  • Be able to creatively adapt the suggested methods to their working settings

Schedule of Events

15. June, Thursday
Arrival and accommodation

16. June, Friday

09:00 – 10:30 Welcome & Introduction of the participants and team
Introduction to the SMILE project and the aims of the training
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:00 – 13:00 World Cafe I
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 World Cafe II and Future Creative Workshop I
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00 Future Creative Workshop – Presentation & Experience Sharing & Q&A
19:00 Dinner

17. June, Friday

09:00 – 11:30 Open Space Technology I
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:00 – 12:30 Open Space Technology II
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break
13:30 – 15:00 Reflection and discussion on the methods and their applicability
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee/Tea Break
15:30 – 17:00 Feedback & Evaluation

THE SMILE TRAINING IN SERBIA, Report - 91 KB


Teacher training

Participatory Methods of Teaching

19 – 20 April 2006
Prishtina, Kosovo

Prishtina, Kosovo

The Participatory Methods of Teaching training brought together 35 teachers from various cities in Kosovo. The design of the training was supposed to offer to the participants not only the occasion to experience new methods, but also ample opportunities to design concrete actions. Thus both the World Cafe and the Open Space Methods were initially critically reviewed and then used to plan school activities.
The teachers expressed their enthusiasm in applying methods that would stimulate a more creative school environment and expressed their satisfaction of the high applicability of the suggested methods.

The World cafe method discussed the issues of School Infrastructure in Kosovo; the much needed Capacity Building with continuous teacher trainings; the Gender Equality in Schools and the Motivation of students to attend classes.

The topic of the Open Space The Future of Participatory Methods in the Education System of Kosovo brought the attention to 6 topics of interest and concern that were discussed and recommendations for each were prepared:

  • The assessment and supervision of teachers
  • Utilization of IT technologies in Social Sciences
  • Provision of Laboratories for Practical Teachings
  • Encouragement of Hesitant Students
  • Improvement of the Students Social Skills
  • Student Centred Approach of Teaching

The training was organized by the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (IIZ/DVV) in cooperation with the Association Education of Adults in Kosovo (ARrK) and facilitated by Ms. Emilia Ilieva and Ms. Dragomira Shuleva.

Aims of the training:

  • Present innovative methods of teaching used within the SMILE project
  • Demonstrating and practicing two new methods
  • Create opportunities for participants to design school activities in a participatory way

19 April 2006 (Wednesday)

09:00 – 09:30 Welcome coffee
09:30 – 10:30 Aims of the training;
Itroduction
Get to know each other;
10:30 – 12:00 Experiencing the World Cafe Method
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
13:00 – 14:30 How to apply the World Cafe Method at school
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee/tea break
15:00 – 17:00 Designing World cafes in small groups
Evaluation of the day

20 April (Thursday)

09:00 – 09:30 Morning Cafe
09:30–13:00 Experiencing the Open Space Technology (OST) Method
13:00 -14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 15:30 How to apply OST in Schools/ Action Space
15:30–17:00 Benefits of using Participatory Methods
Evaluation of the training

THE SMILE TRAINING III

Participatory Methods for Shaping our Realities

23 – 27 March 2006
Belgrade, Serbia

THE SMILE TRAINING III

Being the third SMILE (Seeding for Multiethnic and Intercultural Learning Experiences) training in the cycle, it was marked by lessons learned from previous experiences but also with unique knowledge and ideas from SMILE III participants. The participating group varied in age, culture, religious and professional background but also in large or no experience in adult education. This kind of group constellation galvanized learning by mutual sharing and interaction among the participants. The group expressed knowledge, skills, motivation and hard work in offering creative solutions to the tasks thus contributing to the learning processes.

Aims of the training:

  • Present 5 innovative methods used within the SMILE project activities to adult educators in SEE
  • Have the participants organize their own facilitated sessions within the training
  • Provide a floor for methods exchange between the adult educators attending the training
  • Initiate an adult educators SEE network

By the end of the 4 days training training participants were expected to:

  • Have an understanding of the 5 suggested methods
  • Be experienced in facilitating at least one session with preferred method
  • Be able to creatively adapt the suggested methods to their working settings

Schedule of Events

23. March, Thursday
Arrival and accommodation

24. March, Friday

09:30 – 11:00 Welcome & Introduction of the participants and team
Introduction to the SMILE project and the aims of the training
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Learning Styles & Trainer’s type questionnaires
Personal Tests and Reflection Round
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00 World Cafe on Participatory methods for Shaping Our Realities
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00 Future Creating Workshop – Presentation & Experience Sharing & Q&A
20:00 Discovering Belgrade

25. March, Saturday

09:00 – 11:00 Open Space I “Participatory Methods for Shaping Our Realities”
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Open Space II
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00 Future Search Conference
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00 Introduction into the Appreciative Inquiry and Cross cuttings of the various methods
20:00 Evening program

26. March, Sunday

09:00 – 11:00 Participants practice workshops preparation
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Participants practice workshops I
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
14:30 – 16:00 Participants practice workshops II
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break
16:30 – 18:00 Participants practice workshops III

27. March, Monday

09:00 – 11:00 Participants practice workshops and feedback III
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/ Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Feedback & Evaluation
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch Break
  Departure of the participants

Over the course of four days the participants were acquainted and involved in five methods: World Cafe, Open Space Technology, Future Creative Workshop, Future Search Conference and Appreciative Inquiry.

The training design allowed the group members to experience these five methods as participants first but it also gave them a chance to choose the preferred method and then design, present and involve other group members in their own workshops.

The training was facilitated by Ms. Emilia Ilieva, IIZ/DVV, Sofia, Ms. Tamara Nikolic Maksic, Third Age University, Belgrade and Ms. Marijana Todorovic, Center for Quality Education, Belgrade.


Training results
Open Space Protocols
Action Space protocols
Participants workshops
Evaluation of the training

Education and Cultural Interactions: New Methods of Intercultural Learning in the Secondary Education
Teacher training

6 – 8 March 2006
Bankya, Bulgaria

An initiative of the IIZ/DVV and the Intercultural Cooperation Foundation, the training in Bankya brought together 35 teachers from various cities in Bulgaria and combined the efforts of the SMILE project and the CC-WISE project (Cross Cultural Walk in the Streets of Europe, www.cc-wise.iccfound.org ) to promote intercultural learning.

The aims of the training were to present innovative methods applicable to the fields of secondary education that would stimulate students and teachers to develop intercultural competences. Thus the training presented the TOLEDO Role Play, the World Cafe and the Open Space technology methods.

The evaluation of the training revealed the satisfaction of the teachers and their inspiration to try the new methods in the class room.

Programm - Word 194 KB

The training was facilitated by Ms. Emilia Ilieva (IIZ/DVV) and Ms. Reni Dimova (Intercultural Cooperation Foundation).


THE SMILE TRAINING II
Participatory Methods for Shaping our Realities

15 – 20 February 2006
Durres, Albania

This training seminar marks the first SMILE (Seeding for Multiethnic and Intercultural Learning Experiences) training of the year. As usual the SMILE training drew a wide range of people from diverse backgrounds including teachers, trainers, advisors and educators from variety of institutions. The participants met in the stunning seaside of Durres, Albania arriving from Albania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Macedonia and Romania to partake in this five day event.

With so many people of different walks of life working collectively at one place, the seminar was bursting with compelling ideas which were quickly transformed into substantial projects that the participants were not only eager to share with each other but also to take home.

    Aims of the training:
  • Present 5 innovative methods used within the SMILE project activities to adult educators in SEE
  • Have the participants organize their own facilitated sessions within the training
  • Provide a floor for methods exchange between the adult educators attending the training
  • Initiate an adult educators SEE network
    By the end of the training participants were expected to:
  • Have an understanding of the 5 suggested methods
  • Be experienced in facilitating at least one session with preferred method
  • Be able to creatively adapt the suggested methods to their working settings

Over the course of five days the participants were acquainted and involved in five methods: Open Space Technology, World Cafe, Future Creative Workshop, Future Search Conference and Appreciative Inquiry. The training was conducted in a way to allow the groups a significant amount of time to design, present and engage the rest of the participants in the methods they found the most appealing. The presentations were very well received as all three groups chose distinctive ways to demonstrate their preferred methods to the rest of the participants.

Judging from the feedback, most of the participants not only found the training and the content very stimulating and advantageous but also rated the participant presentations as extremely helpful and motivating.

Schedule of Events

15 February Arrival of the participants
Welcome event
16 February Interactive methods in action I:
  • Future Creating Workshop
  • World cafe
  • Future Search Conference
Discovering Durres
17 February Interactive methods in action II:
  • Open Space Conference
  • Appreciative Inquiry
Cross cuttings of the various methods
Black and White Party
18 February Participants workshops based on their preferred method
Feedback sessions with participants
Dicovering Tirana and Kruja
19 February Participants workshops based on their preferred method
Feedback sessions with participants
Evaluation
Goodbye Party
20 February Departure of the participants

This meeting was facilitated by Ms. Emilia Ilieva, IIZ DVV-Sofia and Mr. Sajmir Shehu with the support of the Projekt Arsimimi i te Rriturve ne Shqiperi (PARSH)

The report was prepared by Ms. Ana Milanovic, IIZ DVV-Sofia