Non-formal education and Learning to learn

Conducted by: Agoritsa Mandraki, Greece, participant on all TOTAL editions


How long did the workshop last?

1.5 hour


Target group:

6 participants, aged between 32 and 68 years old. All of them were trainees of Second chance school. Their previous education was up to the first class of junior high school.



It was a new group, unfamiliar to non-formal education methods. The main aim was to understand why our next sessions would be different that they were already used to and embrace the new way of learning.- To foster social cohesion and inclusion in Europe through addressing the issue of social exclusion and encouraging youth awareness and commitment to tackling these issues through creating and running local youth activities.



Learning outcomes you planned to achieve?

– To understand the differences between formal, non-formal and informal education.

– To understand the concept of learning to learn.

– To introduce the trainees in a different approach of education that would be more enjoyable for them.


Results (were the learning outcomes met? What has the group learnt?)

The group had a clear vision of the differences of formal, non-formal and informal education. They recognized that their school structure is ranked in non-formal education and embraced a new way of learning.


What were the challenges for you in conducting the workshop? Was everything how you planed?

There were no challenges or difficulties in this workshop. Everything was exactly how it was planned.


What has changed in your approach towards trainer’s work?

I understood that in order to deserve the group you are working with you have to gain their respect. And you can only achieve this if you use empathy. This was well appreciated by the group, setting thus a smooth path for all the following workshops with them.


Which skills and knowledge gained on TOTAL did you use conducting the workshop?

I used the corresponding session of TOTAL Basic.