THE SMILE TRAINING IN MACEDONIA
Innovative methods in adult education
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
04 November, Saturday
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:
Each group covered three main issues:
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:
Topic: Finances as a factor for lifelong learning in Macedonia
Inspired by: Sasho
Topic: Better prices and information as a condition for increase of interest for adult education
Inspired by: Aleksandra
Topic: Ways to increase adult education
Inspired by: Vesna
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.
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:
Schedule of Events
15. June, Thursday
16. June, Friday
17. June, Friday
Participatory Methods of Teaching
19 20 April 2006
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 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:
19 April 2006 (Wednesday)
20 April (Thursday)
THE SMILE TRAINING III
Participatory Methods for Shaping our Realities
23 27 March 2006
By the end of the 4 days training training participants were expected to:
Schedule of Events
23. March, Thursday
24. March, Friday
25. March, Saturday
26. March, Sunday
27. March, Monday
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.
Open Space Protocols
Action Space protocols
Evaluation of the training
Education and Cultural Interactions: New Methods of Intercultural Learning in the Secondary Education
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.
The training was facilitated by Ms. Emilia Ilieva (IIZ/DVV) and Ms. Reni Dimova (Intercultural Cooperation Foundation).
THE SMILE TRAINING II
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.
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
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