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The ‘Safe Space’
I often come across the topic and the question: how to create a safe space for learners in non formal educational programs?
There are training courses, study sessions, endless conversations about what safe space means. Is it a mindset? Is it an environment created by the trainers or facilitators? Or is it created by the members of a group themselves?
Whose responsibility is it to create the so called safe space? And what are its elements?
Viktória Csákány
1/22/2023, 15:20
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Is self-reflection enough?
One of the most important hallmarks of non-formal learning is the self-directed written evaluation.
This comes from the idea that the scoring system of formal education is not applicable for non-formal learning. The principle is that the learners engage on a voluntary basis and educators make the learning more attractive by not enforcing the good old test-after-the-learning method. This stress factor is rather taken out which is engraved in all of our minds from our school experience.
Another reasoning of using descriptive self-evaluation is that it gives a broader idea to any third-party what exactly was the learning about.
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Tamas Mahner
1/24/2023, 19:59
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My facilitation journey: stage freight and environmentalism
In this blog I am going to talk about some aspects of facilitation. When I first encountered the term ‘facilitation’ and ‘facilitator’, I thought it sounded very fancy and complicated. I could not imagine myself as a facilitator, because I thought it would need some special skills that I do not have. By now, I understand that facilitating is actually pretty easy, basically anyone can do it. Facilitation is being in front of a group of people and leading some group activity. Group activities are very common, we do them in daily life at a language school or a yoga class for example. But facilitation is also commonly used in the areas of (professional) trainings and therapy. In these examples, a facilitator does not have to do too much: give some instructions, listen to the audience members and let the group activity flow. The session participants will learn a lot from being in a group and exchanging ideas.

One big obstacle that I faced when I started facilitating is stage freight. It goes like this: I am in front of a group of people, it suddenly gets quiet, everybody is looking at me. When I start talking, I hear my own voice, I can’t think of what to say. I get nervous, I talk fast, trying to wrap up the conversation quickly. And when I am finished I feel bad about not being able to convey the message the way I wanted. Fortunately, I have found ways to deal with my anxiety. I make my introductions short and simple. I don’t need to be funny or particularly interesting. As long as people have clear instructions, it is fine. And I remind myself that in facilitating, I am doing a giant favor to the audience members. During group activities, people need to be told what to do, they like to be coordinated. Without facilitation, groups become chaotic really fast.
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1/24/2023, 19:59
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