ULTRA – beyond exclusion – July 2011

coobra was partner in :

ULTRA – beyond exclusion: how to efficiently use non‐formal learning to foster inclusion and empower young people with limited access to civic life and self‐realisation


  • non‐formal learning:
  • approach, methods, limits, competences
  • exclusion, inclusion, participation:
  • What groups and individuals are we talking about? What do we want to reach with & for them?
  • planning and designing non‐formal learning activities for inclusion groups:
  • matching of target group ↔ needs ↔ objectives ↔ methodology, how to ensure impact & relevance
  • exchange of experiences, showcase of best practices
  • tools for efficient communication and interpersonal support:
  • feedback, coaching, mentoring, non‐verbal communication, appreciative inquiry
  • implementing non‐formal learning activities for inclusion groups:
  • teamwork, facilitation, debriefing, practical considerations
  • and AAACTION!
  • designing and running non‐formal learning activities in front of the group
  • assessment and evaluation techniques, DEOR
  • personal, professional and organizational development:
  • self assessment and action plan
  • fostering of new partnerships and projects
  • with a focus on inclusion and East – West co‐operation


The training course will be based on the specific needs of the participants and will be highly participatory.
Diversity, eg in the group of participants, will be considered as a resource for the exchange and transfer of
competences. There will only be few frontal lectures, the main part of the training course will be delivered
in the form of practical sessions implemented by the participants in a learning‐by‐doing fashion. The
trainers will take care of creating a supportive and safe learning environment, where participants are
encouraged and coached while mastering challenges that contribute to their personal, professional and
organisational development. Special attention is paid to making the learning points of the training course
relevant, sustainable and transferable, eg by producing exhaustive documentation and by providing
templates for tailor‐made development and action plans.
Organisations and institutions wishing to become partner organizations in this training course should meet
the following criteria:

  • TARGET GROUP: be working (among other) with and for youth
  • ACTIVITIES: have (among other) a transnational aspect in the implemented projects
  • FOCUS: be (among other) working with & for inclusion groups and non‐formal education
  • MISSION: have a benevolent mission aiming in any way at the development and support of society
  • The partner organizations will nominate participants to the training course. These participants should …
  • be non‐formal learning practitioners, this can be a trainer, a facilitator, a workshop leader, a youth
  • worker, a project manager in charge of pedagogic aspects and impact, …
  • be in a position to influence the decision making of their organisation(s) and/or to ensure the
  • implementation of new projects
  • be able to participate for the full duration of the training course
  • be able to fully communicate in English


The training course will take place from July 8th to 16th 2011, in the surroundings of Irkutsk and the world‐famous lake Baikal. Please bear in mind that this is located in the Eastern part of the Russian Federation, close to Mongolia and Kazakhstan. Do thus not expect 5‐stars hotels and wifi, but be ready for breath‐taking nature and a once‐in‐a‐lifetime opportunity to visit one of the most remote and mysterious spots of our planet.