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
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
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.
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.
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).
EU-myths and distortions about the EU
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.
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