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Kadi Kass: sharing is caring!

I sincerely believe that the combination of knowledge with practical tips will empower adults to learn and participate.

Kadi Kass

Short bio

Hi! My name is Kadi Kass. I am a volunteer trainer/adult educator in safety at the Women’s Voluntary Defence Organisation (Naiskodukaitse) in Estonia. I also work as a voluntary youth girl scouts' leader. I am currently studying for my second master's degree in Community Development and Social Welfare at the University of Tartu.

My EPALE

I have been an EPALE ambassador for Estonia since 2020. I heard about EPALE when I attended training on how to motivate adults. From the moment I joined the EPALE team I was amazed by the new insight into the community of adult education that EPALE gives its users. I began to monitor the events on the platform in the field of adult education. Cooperation and exchange of experience with other ambassadors and exploring the platform's resources and blogposts has had a positive impact both on my self-development and self-awareness.

My Story

Between the end of the year and the beginning of the following one it's customary to reflect on the last 12 months. What interesting things have happened? Have I experienced or learned anything new? I find myself feeling happy to have participated in a great European Solidarity Corps project called Community Impact in Practice. So, let me share this experience and some relevant materials with you.

The seminar was organised by SALTO European Solidarity Corps and, in particular, SALTO Resource Centre in Vienna. The participants were youth workers or educators from Erasmus+: Youth in Action Programme countries. You may think that the seminar only concerned youth projects, but in my opinion, it has a much greater value. I asked myself which of EPALE’s 2021 thematic focuses is reflected in this project. In short, I believe it fits them all!

I sincerely believe that the combination of knowledge with practical tips will empower adults to learn and participate.

The digital resource described below is a great example of digital transition and the opportunities of blended learning. The greater impact it will have amongst different communities will foster inclusive social change for sustainability and fairness.

The European Solidarity Corps SALTO Resource Centre, working together with experts in the field, produced a practical guide on the community impact of learning mobility. The Practical Guide aims to be hands-on, explaining some of the basics so that more and more people (especially practitioners) can feel confident in exploring the concept. We as participants of the seminar were the first ones at a European level to be presented the Guide, for which I feel very privileged. Then the fun started – through various group work and brainstorming we discussed the different concepts used in the Guide, and the utility and possibilities of the Practical Guide. We were lucky to be joined by the researchers and authors of the Guide. Both the authors of the Guide and Salto Resource Centre were curious to know what we as practitioners thought of it.

How can it be used? What’s missing? What should be done next?

What I enjoyed the most was learning from, and sharing with, other participants. Different experiences and examples, shared ideas but also fruitful discussions on conceptualising or finding solutions were really valuable. As an adult educator I also found myself noticing different methods used by facilitators. So, although it was not the aim of the seminar, I found myself learning about how to educate as well. So, I wish to send warm greetings to the stars of the seminar and the team of facilitators: Susie Nicodemi, Alexandra Severino, and Justina Garbauskaitė-Jakimovska! Is there anything I thought was missing from the seminar? As I wrote in my evaluation form, the program was really intense, so next time it might be an idea to consider organising a longer seminar. Perhaps running the seminar over 3 days instead of 2 days.

The first day is always spent familiarising yourself with the topic, and the second is for exploring it in more depth. While the third day could be a time to discuss new ideas. But of course, during this time of the pandemic we have been very thankful just to get together, so I really appreciate the possibility to meet face to face.

We don't have here enough space to talk longer about the seminar, and due to the seminar's intensity it is almost impossible to give an adequate overview of the content of the seminar. But luckily for you I can share both the Practical Guide and also a video which introduces the handbook.

The video explores the potential of the Practical Guide on the community impact of learning mobilities.

You can find the full Practical Guide here.

Sharing is caring!

I wish you all the best of luck with your learning mobility projects and make sure that you make a community impact!

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