MEGA – An informal and playful way to challenge Europhobia in Youth Work

A course aimed to bring about the concept of critical thinking, empowerment and train participants in gamified online and face-to-face methods.


Course Venue

Göttingen, Germany

Content Areas
  • Common values and civic engagement & participation
  • Digitalisation
  • Innovative learning and teaching practices
  • Promoting active citizenship

Course Duration (in days)


Next Available Course
From 20. Feb 2024
To 22. Feb 2024

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For different reasons – Brexit, economic crisis, right-wing populist governments – Europe is confronted with a wave of europhobism. For many people European Union is the scapegoat for any difficulty and challenge arising from global trends and has to live with constant reproaches of bureaucracy and inefficiency. Young people tend to be a little more positive, as they profit from the mobility activities offered by EU programmes like Erasmus+ and others, enjoy travelling freely and choosing their preferred country of study or work. But this cannot be taken for granted. MEGA seeks to strengthen young people as potential ambassadors of the European idea by helping them to unmask Europhobic, populist distortions of the image of the European Union. An informal, playful learning offer making use of the motivation power of gamification seeks to foster critical thinking capacities and equip them with the knowledge and skills to counter Europhobic myths with undistorted European realities. The course, developed in the framework of the 2-year MEGA project (02/20-01/22, Erasmus+), aims to enable representatives from organisations offering services and training for young to implement the MEGA approach. The course is a blended learning offer which enables youth workers to implement an innovative approach at empowering young people to critically analyse Europhobic distortions of the European Union and to learn to act as “European ambassadors”, i.e. to convincingly spread realistic images of the EU among their peers.

European Dimension

The course was developed by a consortium of six European partners from six countries (Austria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Italy and Lithuania) and reflects European practice and experience in terms of informal and gamified learning in youth work.

Tentative Program & Schedule

Teaching/Learning approach

The course will be delivered through different methods such as group work, discussion and reflective rounds, seeking to promote the active participation of participants by inviting them to share their experience, knowledge and personal resources in regards to empowering young people in critical thinking, gamified learning and informal learning in youth work.

Competence orientated approach

The aim of the course is to bring about the concept of gamified learning, peer-to-peer learning and quiz-based learning in youth work to foster critical thinking among young people. It seeks to enable participants set up learning games with defined learning outcomes for the youth using the gamified platform.

Hence, MEGA offers a professional training (qualification) for youth workers, multipliers and trainers in the field of informal and playful learning as a means to equip young people with critical thinking skills to debunk EU-myths and distortions about the EU and its institutions.

Blended learning modalities

The course is organised in a blended learning format consisting of three components: Self-learning (inaugurated by a webinar), 3-day face-to-face course and a follow up phase (transfer phase).

Expected Outcome

·                   Recognising EU-myths and distortions about the EU

·                   Promoting Critical thinking

·                   Empowerment

·                   Using gamified learning in youth work


A Youthpass certificate evidencing the learning outcomes of the participants will be issued. The learning progress of the participants will be documented by means of the Youthpass. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. A qualitative certificate will be issued on completion of all phases of the blended learning course.

Venue address

Am Leinekanal 4
37073 Göttingen

How to Apply

Please contact Sabine Wiemann at

A list of hotels incl. prices and distance to the meeting venue will be made available.

Participation Fee

€ 300

Course Website



BUPNET, Am Leinekanal 4, 37073 Göttingen

Website URL

Contact persons

Sabine Wiemann