< Youth Cluster


About the project

"Youth Cluster - Training Course for the Promotion of Non Formal Learning for New Stakeholders" was a training course [for action 3.1 - Cooperation with the Neighbouring Countries of the European Union of Youth in Action Programme] that aimed the promotion of the recognition of Non Formal Learning in Youth in Action Programmme in 2 perspectives: 1) a strategic path for inclusion of youngsters with less opportunities, with a special focus in Youth in Action Programme and Euromed Programmes for unemployed youngsters and 2) the recognition of Non Formal Learning by different actors and agents promoters of social inclusion in the Euromed region.

The project took place in Seixal - Portugal between March 20th and 27th and had participants from 10 partners from the following countries: Spain, Tunisia, Jordan, Poland, Lithuania, Portugal, France, Egypt and Turkey.


  • Project Partners
  • Rato - ADCC [Portugal - link]
  • Institute for Leadership Excellence [Jordan - link]
  • Xena, centro scambi e dinamiche interculturali [Italy- link]
  • Centro Social de Palmela [Portugal - link]
  • Jaunimo Informacijos centras [Lithuania - link]
  • AFAIJ [Spain - link]
  • Club Culturel Ali Belhouane [Tunisia - link]
  • Egypt Foundation for Youth and Development [Egypt - link]
  • Local Partners
  • Municipality of Seixal [Portugal - link]
  • Quinta Valenciana [Portugal - link]
  • CCRAM [Portugal - link]
  • I-Dare [Jordan - link]
  • Media Partners
  • Setúbal na Rede [Portugal - link]
  • RDS [Portugal - link]

Youth in Action & Erasmus +

  • Youth in Action

Youth in Action was a programme of European Union for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU's borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the employability and inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background.

This programme is divided in 5 actions that allow the development of different activities and projects such as youth exchanges, european volunteering, training courses and meetings between youth and political decision makers. It was replaced with Erasmus+.

  • Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Erasmus+ brought together seven previous EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, Sport and Youth.

It aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work, in the framework of the Europe 2020’s strategy. For more information, please check the website

Euromed IV

  • Euromed IV

The Euro-Med Youth Programme is a regional programme set up within the framework of the third chapter of the Barcelona Process entitled “Partnership in social, cultural and human affairs”.

The programme promotes the mobility of young people and the understanding between peoples through three types of actions: 1) Euro-Med Youth Exchanges, 2) Euro-Med Youth Voluntary Service and 3) Euro-Med Youth Training and Networking. For more information, please check the website http://www.euromedyouth.net.


The main motivation of the project was based on the recognition of Non Formal Learning, specifically on 2 main pillars:

  1. Recognition of Non Formal Learning by young people with fewer opportunities that frequently don’t have access to different opportunities in the framework of Non Formal Education;
  2. Recognition of Non Formal Learning by stakeholders that have an important role in Youth Work but are not aware of the importance of Non Formal Education opportunities for young people, based on active and participatory methodologies.

The main aim of the training course is focused in finding paths in the creation of wider clusters of partnership in the field of Non Formal Education.

In the training course, active and participatory methodologies were used to support a productive approach - the participants had to develop a case study and with this case study develop proposals for the organization in the analysis of the case study.

For more information, you can see the program and the results of the training course, available in this ebook.

Case Studies & Proposals

  • Case studies

As it was described before, the methodology of the training course had a productive approach regarding it. Here you can find the case studies developed in the framework of this training course [link].

  • Proposals

Based on the case studies, there were several proposals made by the participants of the training course. Here you can find the results of the participants in the different languages represented in the training course:


The micro blog was developed on Twitter with the use of the hashtag #YouthCluster - the objective of the microblogging is for us to keep track of the main ideas and thoughts regarding the training course. Here are some of the main posts:

  • #YouthCluster We need to #engage the #public regarding Non #Formal #Education! http://ht.ly/uSa4D
  • There's a difference between solidarity and charity #YouthCluster
  • #YouthCluster [EN] The gaps of Non Formal #Education are it's #strength! http://ht.ly/uSduT
  • #YouthCluster No one talks about Non Formal #Education... Especially #Media! No one is #aware! http://ht.ly/uS988
  • #YouthCluster [EN] The gaps of Non Formal #Education are it's #strength! http://ht.ly/uSduT the problem or could it be the solution? #YouthCluster
  • This "Formal" and "Non-Formal" thing is confusing... The point is how! #YouthCluster
  • There's the risk of Non Formal Education becomes Formal Education #YouthCluster

For more the full list of post, click on the following link.


Here are some images of the training course that took place in Portugal:

Visual LightBox Gallery generated by a free Picasa Web Album template from www.paulvanroekel.nl

The full gallery is available @ http://bit.ly/youthcluster-gallery. You can also the presentation video of the project @ http://youtu.be/M6T0ySeUHag


The evaluation was developed in different stages:

  • Participants' Evaluation & Impact Evaluation
  • Partners' Evaluation


This was the team of the project of the training course:

  • Trainers
  • Iyad Aljaber: trainer from ILE [Jordan]
  • Nuno Carvalho: trainer from [Portugal]
  • Support Staff
  • Justyna Kukła: Administration and Logistics: bookings and payments from Rato - ADCC [Poland]
  • Luís Borges: Microblogging, Image and Video capture [Portugal]
  • Claudio Barata and Ivica Taskovski: Design and Online Document [Portugal]
  • Lara Alfaro: Video Edition [Spain]
  • Beatrice Tedeschi: Documentation and Evaluation

Contacts & Disclaimer

  • Contacts

For more information about this project and its future follow-up, you can contact Rato - ADCC in different ways:

  • Disclaimer

This document is the result of the training course “Youth Cluster - Training Course on the Recognition of Non Formal Learning in Euromed” that was funded with support from the European Commission. It reflects the views only of the authors, and the European Commission, Portuguese National Agency and the partner organizations cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.