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Non-formal Education - Coyote - Issue # 3

Non-formal education is one of these priorities. In this issue you will find several articles expressing a major concern with the purpose and value of non-formal education through youth work experiences in today’s society, and with regard to professional career perspectives. The subject has been taken up from different angles. Many volunteers participate in voluntary service projects, according to Luis Amorim, because this experience offers them a possibility for personal development while helping to develop the community in which they work. From her personal experience, Hrönn Pétursdottir knows that certain qualifications acquired through youth work experiences, voluntary service or others, are increasingly valued by employers. So why not value them also in formal education? Nol Reverda describes a concrete example of good practice in higher education in the field of comparative social studies. Last but not least, Coyote travelled to London to meet Ginny Lun, who has carried out an impressive project to increase the self-confidence and employability of long-term unemployed young people.

The scope of training in European youth work is wide. What are, for instance, the challenges for Euro Mediterranean co-operation? What is the potential for using the internet in youth work? Can training help new executives or staff to continue and renew the work of a youth organisation? And how do you cope with the eternal frustration that there is always too little time to deal with all the really, really important issues within a training course? Curious?

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