Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg: Training of Facilitators

  • Best PracticesInternational Facilitator Trainings

    We build the capacity of facilitators in the fields of non-formal education, civic involvement and experiential learning.

  • Best PracticesInternational Facilitator Training

    We build the capacity of facilitators in the fields of non-formal education, civic engagement and experiential learning.

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  • Best PracticesInternational Facilitator Training

    We build the capacity of facilitators in the fields of non-formal education, civic engagement and experiential learning.

Experts in empowerment and civic engagement

Grassroots' participation in development is a central principle in civil society. Therefore THK incorporates the participatory development principle into our training. Facilitators work with participants to let out their inner full individual potential. Participants contribute and benefit from the learning process by setting goals, choosing methods and asking questions. All these activities are done in an encouraging learning environment. Currently there are 160 persons from 25 countries in our facilitators’ pool. If you are interested to get in touch with them, contact us.

Indepedent Responsible Participants

Our facilitators have adopted an attitude that appreciates the participants' knowledge and experience as valuable input. Therefore we respect the participants' personal life autonomy and their unique choices for their community initiatives. Our facilitators make the best use of the existing knowledge within the group. And they establish an atmosphere of equality and trust that allows an equal and multi-perspective exchange among the participants.

Learning Goal orientation and methodological flexibility

During the implementation of the training, a strict orientation on learning goals is necessary. On the other hand enough flexibility is needed to allow for the application of methodological concepts according to the needs of the group and based on the ongoing participants' evaluation of the learning process.

Educational Concept

Alumin of the local programs of Theodor-Heuss-Kolleg can become facilitators. Thus they can act multipliers for democratic acting and active citizenship. In order to become a facilitator in our pool the attend a one-year facilitators’ education. The education is based on three main elements:

  • New facilitators attend three trainings. In a Basic Training they learn about fundamental methods of facilitation, the attitude of a facilitator and try out methods. During a Regional Trainig they focus on topics that are relevant in their region like diversity and non-violent communication in the Caucasus. At the Final Training they reflect their experiences in the educational year and get background information about adult education.
     
  • Becoming a facilitator need practice! Because of that our new facilitators conduct at least two seminars of min. 5 days. During these seminars they are supported by a team of experiences training. In addition they mentor one volunteer project of a participant of our program. 
     
  • During the year our new facilitators are supported by Learning Supervisors. These are experiences facilitators who help the learners to develop, solve difficulties and prepare seminars. Furthermore the new facilitators have a written Learning Companion to reflect and learn on their own.

Contact

Sebastian Wehrsig

Program Manager

wehrsig(at)mitost.org

language DE, EN, BG
t +49 30 315174-82
f +49 30 315174-71

skype sebastian.wehrsig_mitost

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