Project “YOUth Ambassadors of Non-Formal Learning”
Facilitator: Milena Scepanovic
Date and location: July 17, 2020
The focus group consisted of high school volunteer club coordinators, who have extensive experience in the NFE. They were up to 35 years old, and all of them work with young people every day, as well as involving young people in the decision-making process, in the process of community development through various activities, trainings.
List of questions for Focus Group
- Do you think for NFE is important age, gender, nationality?
Will and motivation for improvement are important, and age, gender and nationality are not important.
- What does NFE mean to you? Can you define?
A space for learning, for progress, as well as an inherent space where a person knows himself through the many possibilities that are offered to us. One of the participants pointed out that for her NFE means the search for a new job and the search for a better future.
- Have you ever been a participant in an NFE program? If yes – in which one?
Well, as someone who was the coordinator of activities, I participated last year in training in Madrid, Erasmus training, which gave me the opportunity to meet a large number of people, and thus write a project for my school that is approved and which we will be able to implement. Other participants didn’t take part in similar activities.
- Do you know something about Youth Law / Strategy / Action Plan, as well as other documents related to youth?
Most participants know that various laws are being implemented and that they exist, as well as strategies, but they have never participated in drafting them.
- Have you ever participated in the youth decision-making process? If yes, in which one?
Most of the participants participated in decision-making, through the activities in the volunteer clubs they had. That was one way, and they weren’t the other way around.
- Do you think that more support from the Government is needed to improve the status of young people and in the NFE sphere? If yes, what are the benefits of this, and what are the disadvantages?
The Ministry of Sports and Youth, especially the Directorate for Youth, deals with great things and does great things for young people. They support youth initiatives through the NFE, provide them with the support they need to improve themselves, and thus have great cooperation with schools, with the NGO sector through a large number of projects funded by the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
- Does NFE activities help you for your personal development. If yes, how? If not, why?
The participants agreed that NFE helped them a lot for personal development, especially because they run volunteer clubs with children, and most of all they pointed out the training, organized by the Wall with teachers, as one of the ways to improve and enhance knowledge in NFE.
- For you, why is it important to be involved in activities through non-formal education?
It is very important to be involved in these activities, to find out what the needs of young people are, how we can work with them, how we can support them, and feel that they have it as well as additional motivation to develop initiative in the community. which they live. It is important to be involved because of personal development and because of finding yourself as a person.