REAL-E training course : a very fruitful experience
July 3, 2017
There where just a few days: from 22nd to 28th June, but we could have time to know each other better, develop our partnership, learn more about NEETs — how to recognise them, how to approach them, storytelling, the e-portfolio and we even could get to know the stop motion technique and create our own videos. The training REAL-E took place in Rome, in the youth centre Mio Spazio, that was the perfect place to work with a non-formal education approach. Everything was perfectly organised by Replay Network and everyone was able to contribute to the training and build together the next step of the project (AKA the local phase).
First of all, we started talking about NEETs, with Mathieu Decq. Being a NEET is not a nature, but a state, and it’s important to understand that every young person can become a NEET (either voluntarily or forced). NEETs are usually mixed with Young people with fewer opportunities, unemployed or marginalized, and we need to make the difference. Also, we were talking about how this issue affects to European Union, in terms of money and politics, so we understood that working with NEETs is not only a priority for us, but for the whole Europe.
After that, Anaïs Rodriguez showed us the game “Ready to take off”. It’s a set of activities that she is doing with NEETs in Pau (France), aiming to improve their self-esteem, discover more about themselves and their passion and set a route for future development (the follow-up of the game can be a short EVS, but it can also be another kind of personal or professional project). We enjoyed a lot the game and we decided it could be a perfect starting point to start developing our local workshop with NEETs.
Andrea Messori introduce us very creative activities to discover more about the e-portfolio and its competences and also about storytelling and the Hero’s journey. We could think more about how to describe and recognise competences and we also worked on our own stories. Furthermore, he introduced us some evaluation methods that are very useful to use with young people in our local work.
Finally, Gabriela Bazan showed us the principles of photography and cinema and helped us to discover the Stop Motion technic, which was an easy way to tell our stories in a short movie. Although we encounter some difficulties and challenges, we could overcome them and we were quite proud of the results!
We could also discover more about Rome, its history, and “Cooperativa Garibaldi”, an amazing business ruled by autistic people, who grow and cook food and where in charge of our vegetarian, delicious meals.
During the training we were designing new activities to do with NEETs, as well as the steps we will take for the local phase where we will use the e-portfolio and the Storytelling methodology to work with NEETs and help them to move a step forward.