Finding motivation through non-formal methodologies

Jun 26, 2023News

Are you an educator who works with adults? Are you looking for new stimuli and interesting ideas? Joy’s training is the right thing for you!

In the coming months, in the various cities of the Ode to Joy project – Palermo, Vienna, Budapest and Ueckermünde – a training will be offered. The central topic will concern non-formal methodologies that can be used with the NEETs (Not in Education, Employment or Training) to allow them to regain the necessary joy and strength to access the labour market.

One of the objectives of the Ode to Joy project is to strengthen people’s ability to experience positive emotions so that they can be reused as evaluation tools to achieve a higher level of motivation during the learning path and in the recognition of one’s own competences.

In the past months, together with the other project partners, we have created a guide containing the criteria developed by the Joy methodology and a research on the condition of NEETs in the various European countries involved. These resources are already available and can be consulted in all project languages on our website:

Furthermore, at the moment, all the organizations involved are working to create a Handbook and a Toolkit that will contain all the activities proposed in the different trainings that will be held in the various European cities!

The methodologies presented are inspired by what was experienced by the partnership associations in the training of trainers held in St. Gothard, a rural area on the border between Austria and Hungary, from 8 to 12 May 2023. During the days spent together, each partner took care of presenting a different methodology, organizing activities and reasoning on the potential impact that the approach could have on the people identified as beneficiaries of the path. The methods we focused on are: storytelling, drama, dance and somatic practices, work with nature and art. All the chosen methods have as their objective: the enhancement of the person, the creation of a safe space and the accompainment to autonomy. Another central feature of the presented methodologies lies in the valuation of prior learning, an element on which we focused extensively during the training days. According to the creators of the JOY method, what has been learned in the past, through experiences not necessarily connected to a formal education context, must in any case be taken into consideration and valued, as part of a baggage of knowledge that can be reused in future situations.

If you are interested in experimenting with new methods, come and join our training! For more information on this, contact Giulia D’Annibale:

ODE TO JOY – Developing Attunement through the Experience of Joy is a project co-funded by Erasmus+ programme, Cooperation partnerships in adult education.


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