Learning the non-formal way
The Youth Company organizes non-formal learning programmes for and with young people and youth professionals. We are specialized in non-formal education and peer-based learning. Our programmes take place in an international peer group. This approach offers a valuable supplement to formal education and a variety of youth services. We are happy to encourage young people to take initiative in their personal and professional growth and to increase their impact on society in this way. Our programmes are developed in close collaboration with young people.
Non-formal education is any organized educational activity that takes place outside the formal educational system. Usually, it is flexible, learner-centred, contextualized and uses a participatory approach. It is always clearly communicated that learning takes place, to make everyone aware of their own learning process. In practice, this means that learning is creative, interactive and based on the needs and learning goals of the participants. Attention is paid to all three aspects of competence development; knowledge, skills & attitudes. Essential in this learning process is the constant reflection of the participants in order to understand their own learning experience and to find ways how they can continue to build further on it. The educational methods and techniques used are interactive, creative and invite the learner to take the lead.