Facilitator Handbooks

Facilitator Handbook #1: Steps toward action

Empowerment for self-responsible initiative

Help your learners to discover their vision and turn it into concrete civic action!

The starting point of any civic involvement is motivation and inspiration. Therefore the first chapters cope with how to support learners to identify their inner motivation for initiating social change and self-development. The instructor, trainer or teacher has a crucial role in this regard. Therefore we introduce the idea of facilitation - a supportive, inspiring and trusting in the capacities of the learners.

Facilitator Handbook #2: Holistic Learning

Planning experiential, inspirational and participatory learning processes

Competencies are shaped best through processes that include a broad range of learning opportunities, such as incorporating knowledge, learning by doing, reflecting on specific actions, and cooperative learning. This allows for a conversation between self-driven activities and methods of facilitation that include participants and groups and all their diverse needs, experiences, and expertise.

In the series we introduce with this book a planning approach and the building blocks for such a holistic learning experience, and explore how “facilitation” adopts a different attitude from a classical model of teaching.

Facilitator Handbook #3: The everyday beyond

European, international and global dimensions of learning processes

The development of a globalised world and intensified European cooperation brought about a lot of movement in terms of goods. People are moving more – because of their needs, struggles, or for pleasure. Thus, even in everyday routines we are already embedded in a global context – we are global citizens. Objects, ideas, people from “beyond everyday,” from beyond our city, region or even state contribute and shape our daily lives and our opportunities. As global humans, we talk about global issues with our friends and families, and as facilitators, teachers and trainers to children, youth or adult learners. Hardly any of the issues we work on can be fully understood without addressing the global connections behind them. This handbook is designed to support you in including the global, the international and the European perspectives in your educational work. It offers a variety of opportunities to interlace these perspectives in your daily work as a teacher, tutor, trainer, facilitator, group leader, educator, or a volunteer in civic initiatives.

Facilitator Handbook #4: Creativity

Building connections, drawing inspiration and exlporing opportunities as individuals and groups

Creativity is a crucial competence in the development of proactive and selfresponsible individuals. It helps people to be proactive, to ideate and to connect new ideas with previous experiences. It is a key competence for taking an active, leading role in social change.

As teachers, tutors, trainers, youth workers, group leaders, or volunteers in civic initiatives, we have an important role to play in creating spaces that allow people to unleash and explore their creativity. With this handbook, we'd like to advocate forgreater creativity in European education, and support those who share this desire with experience, tools and ideas.