Tips for Facilitators Willing to Run a GlobaLab Learning Process
Do you want to run a GlobaLab learning process with young people? Here are some tips for a successful planning and implementation of your GlobaLab. They are based on the experience of the project partners and facilitators gained through running the GlobaLab learning processes with young people in the frame of the project “Six Steps to Global Citizenship”.
If you decide to organise a GlobaLab as a long-term learning process try to keep the group of youngsters involved in the learning activities unchanged. This will allow to engage them into an in-depth exploration of chosen global issues, effective learning and action towards building their global citizenship competencies.
Let the youngsters realise the complexity of the GlobaLab themes (Environment, Technology, Moving and Stuff) and different global issues and have an opportunity to explore them from different angles. The multi-layer nature of the tools provided in the guide “Six Steps to Global Citizenship. A Guide to Youth Workers, Youth Leaders and Trainers” will help you to do so.
Maintain relations with the youngsters during the planning and implementation their actions, if this happens beyond the core learning process. This will help them to keep focused and motivated for the action.
Motivate the youngsters to use the wide variety of resources for in-depth exploration of selected global issues including the ones in foreign languages. This will help to broaden their perspective towards the issues they are exploring.
Pay attention to team building and group dynamics throughout the learning process. The successful teamwork will help the youngsters to achieve greater success in learning, as well as planning and implementing their actions.
Try to make clear links between the GlobaLab themes, the global issues around them and everyday lives of young people. This will help to recognise and strengthen their commitment towards tackling different global issues.
The spectrum of the themes and issues around global citizenship is very wide, and nobody can be a guru of every single one. In case the participants ask and you are not fully aware of the realities around a specific issue, make a research and discuss it together with them.
While planning the action, look for the ways to reach a wide number of people. It is important to start sparking an interest on different global issues among a wider number of young people.
Young people might face challenges while trying to overcome well-embedded stereotypes, as well as looking for solutions of reaching out to a wider number of young people through their actions. However, going through these processes can support the personal growth of young people and strengthen their competences in regard to team work, decision-making, transforming conflicts and taking responsibility.