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We are thrilled to share our experience from the recent 4-day workshop in Postojna, Slovenia, where we dept into the intricacies of testing quality parameters in youth work education. Hosted by the National Youth Council of Slovenia (MSS) and facilitated by international trainers, this workshop was a remarkable opportunity to collaborate, learn, and contribute to the advancement of quality assurance in youth work training.

Destination: Postojna

Postojna, nestled in the southwestern part of Slovenia, provided a stunning backdrop for our discussions and deliberations. From the captivating Postojna Cave to the historic Predjama Castle, the region’s natural beauty and rich heritage provided the perfect surroundings for our experience.

Who Was It For?

The workshop brought together a diverse group of professionals, including trainers, curriculum developers, youth workers, quality managers, and advisory board members in youth work. Each participant brought a unique perspective and expertise, enriching our discussions and outcomes.

Context and Objectives

Our primary focus was on evaluating, testing, and improving a previously compiled draft of the quality framework for youth work education. Through a rigorous examination of existing practices, feedback collection, and stakeholder engagement, we aimed to enhance the effectiveness and recognition of youth work training programs. The workshop objectives were comprehensive, spanning from evaluating framework alignment to assessing long-term sustainability and cost-benefit analysis.

Highlights and Learnings

One of the highlights of the workshop was the depth of discussions and the exchange of best practices from different countries. We explored challenges, identified gaps, and brainstormed innovative solutions to improve the quality parameters in youth work education. The hands-on testing of the framework draft provided valuable insights into its usability and effectiveness.

Next Steps

As we conclude the workshop, our journey does not end here. We are committed to implementing the insights gained and continuing the dialogue within our respective organisations and networks. Throughout our dissemination plan, we will ensure that the findings reach a wider audience, fostering collaboration and driving continuous improvement in youth work education.

Gratitude

We extend my deepest gratitude to the organisers, facilitators, and fellow participants for their dedication and contributions to making this workshop a success. Our collective effort has laid the groundwork for positive change in youth work training, and we are honoured to have been part of this journey.

In closing, may together carry forward the spirit of collaboration, quality, and innovation as we work towards creating a brighter future, assuring high standards of quality for youth work education.

 

Warm regards and keep thinking Out of The Box!

Why Out of the Box International

The seemingly ever-lasting depression of European economies has shaken the very foundations of many European societies. The shear rate of unemployment in Europe and the omnipresent environmental crisis coupled with the often frustratingly slow process of decision making in the EU, are calling for civil society actors to step in and fill the void.

In the aftermath of the 2008. economic crisis, the apprehension of falling under the spell of apathy of economic depression across the continent has not been easy to shake off. However, pinpointing the culprits for the current state of affairs on any particular EU decision maker is not the answer. Nonetheless, the fact remains that the current approach to the economic and environmental crisis hasn’t yet shown the affected citizens the light at the end of the tunnel.

As representatives of the civil society we feel the need to make our voice heard in the midst of the current debate on economic crisis. Being a social enterprise we offer new and feasible ideas in education and community work, creative cross-sectorial cooperation among different actors and strong networking coalitions to turn these dire economic challenges into possibilities through social entrepreneurship initiatives which aim at benefiting wide range of citizens, particularly vulnerable groups and those affected by the economic crisis.

Social entrepreneurship is a simple concept that has been put into practice by civil society actors for the benefit of a specific social group or people, and this is precisely what we want: to create projects and initiatives with fresh ideas in different policies, educational programs or tools, support businesses, empower cultural initiatives and offer different solutions to individuals, corporate bodies, everybody who believe that we can have more Creative, Innovative and Cohesive Europe.

 

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