Employing European Youth Through Non-Formal Education: The Digital Competence Framework

From the 10th to the 15th of October, YouthProAktiv in collaboration with our partners, Active Youth Association, Fundacja edukacyjno – sportowa reGeneracja, SYTEV, European Integration Group, SiNC, YOUTH ON BOARD, CET PLATFORMA SKOPJE, EKO, Leadership Development Association Albania & Interkulturalis, organised the training “Employing European Youth Through Non-Formal Education: The Digital Competence Framework” which finally took place in Madrid. The mobility for youth workers was attended by 36 youth workers from 11 different countries including Albania, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Turkey.

The aim of the training was to improve the digital and technological skills of youth workers, especially those working directly with disadvantaged young people. Throughout the 5 days of training, youth workers attended theoretical and practical sessions delivered by professional speakers and facilitators. Each day began with an ice-breaker game and ended with a self-reflection activity for participants to reflect on the knowledge gained throughout the day.

Specifically, on Monday 11th of October, first day of the Professional Development Activity, participants got to know each other through the different materials prepared in advance through the project preparatory activities including the sharing of their personalities according to their favourite quote.

As part of the preparatory activities, participant were asked had to prepare and present a project idea to improve the digital and technological skills of young people. The three projects were selected according to criteria of quality, sustainability and social impact:  JetSkills, from Ilias –Jalal Shawkat, youth worker from Avrupa Entregrasyon Dernegi organization, Turkish partner; Scape room, from Stefan Chavkoski, a North Macedonian participant coming with the CET organization and, (U)th Skills, project elaborated by Polyxeni Papagiannopoulou from Greece and our partner organization  E.K.O partner organization.

The session  “Evaluating data, information and digital content” lead by Adeline Brion (program coordinator) and Anne Lebessi, journalist at Lie Detector was aimed to increased youth workers abilities to distinguish real from fake news and behave with regards to misinformation.

Through the “Exchange of good practice: Fostering digital skills of disadvantaged youth”session, each of the partner organizations explained their particular non-formal education tools, methodologies and activities implemented to successfully  boost digital and technological skills within their young people networks.

On Tuesday 12th of October, participants started the day with an ice-breaker aimed to help them better understand the Digital Competence Framework. During the following two sessions, participants worked in the three main groups created according to the three projects to find different digital channels and platforms for sharing of knowledge and collaboration, that will help them to reach their target group.

During the session “Engaging citizenship through digital technologies”, Sabrina Vorbau, Project Manager at the European Schoolnet, explained to participants the positive impact of digital citizenship through its 9 elements. Following this session, Beatriz Tornel, a famous Spanish TickToker, help participants to better deep into successful and impactful digital content creation.

Mr. Andrei Gae, digital marketing expert and founder at MacroFunnels, led the session on “Collaboration through digital technologies” providing participants a better understanding of how to choose the right collaboration tool for their needs and ensure innovative practices. He presented different tools available for working in teams.  Finally,  Esther Brito Ruiz, expert in Cybersecuritythe led the session on “Managing digital identity” teaching youth workers how to protect devices, how to keep them safe from possible attacks as well as most frequent types of attacks.

On Wednesday 13th of October, we opened the sessions of the day with a deep review of “Netiquette”, before focusing on how to “Protecting devices” facilitated by Javier Espejo, a cybersecurity expert, founder of the company “Transparent Edge”.  Through his presentation, participants understood the importance of securing their devices and experienced an small experiment in which their phones were hacked proving proof of how easy is for professionals to get into our lives.

Carlota Corzo, founder of Lazzaro, wraped up the morning by presented her platform aimed to make programing easy when designing the digital websites and portfolio of youth association.

After the lunch break, Covadonga Maestro, lawyer at ECIJA and expert in Intellectual Property, led a session on “Copyright and license”, aimed to bring knowledge about the rights and responsibilities of the creators, explaining afterwards how to avoid copyrighting in the creation of digital education materials.

Nikolas Ioanandis, legal researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels focused on “Protecting personal data and privacy” enlightening participants on how to contribute and create a positive digital footprint by following some basic tips.

Finally,  Paloma Cantero, CEO at WeDoPositiveLiving, presented her new-published book “The science of common sense” focusing on how to ensure well-being in a technological and digital world.

Thursday 14th of October started with a word-cafe to better reflect on the environmental impact of digitalization and how to better reduce its negative effects in the environment.

Brussels-based senior lecturer and developer at Le Wagon, Mr, George Kosmopoulos, provided participants with several tips to fix troubleshooting technological issues, followed by several working sessions in which participating youth workers turned their project ideas into feasible plans for implementation.

After the lunch break, the “Organization Action Plan” took place ensuring that partner organisations  came back home with an impactful plan for the exploitation of the developed results and acquired learning outcomes

Friday 15th of October engaged participants in a final evaluation session and  the fulfilment and hand-out ceremony of the YouthPasses before the start of their trip back home!

Thank you all for your participation & engagement!