Animate to Participate

Time flies! It seems like it was just yesterday when participants arrived to Worcester for the ERASMUS+ Animate to Participate training course. Within the 8 working days of the mobility taking place on 8-17 December 2017, 30 participants and staff members from 9 different countries were learning about the magic of the animated world.

Ever since we first heard about the topic, we got hooked! It doesn’t take much to convince anyone that animated movies can be a fantastic resource in the hands of educators, trainers and any types of organisations. In fact, more and more content nowadays is passed over to the target groups in form of short animations.

Inspired by the great potential of the tool, we have invited our colleagues from Add Art in Greece to conduct a joint training course introducing members of youth organisations to the ‘science’ of stop-motion animations. Our main aim here was to develop capacities of youth organisations in the use of animations as the innovative, non-formal education, dissemination and empowerment tool. In order to achieve that, we identified a number of specific objectives which provided a guide in the learning process. These included:

  • analysing the importance of animation in information sharing and assessing its application in the youth field
  • bringing together youth work practitioners and training them in the basics of animation techniques
  • discovering the potential of the available ICT and media tools in launching, testing and implementation of animation in the youth field
  • increasing partner promoters capacity to provide creative and innovative solutions to ensure greater visibility and dissemination of our everyday work
  • (through the use of animations) fostering active participation and development of key competences for the benefit of members and service users of our organisations
  • exchanging best practices as well as providing space for networking and development of future project ideas based on the creative forms of expression (e.g. animations).

The outcomes of the 8-day training are truly impressive. From not knowing much about the technical aspects of animated movies ahead of the course, participants became skilled users of basic programmes, software, as well as turned into creators of mind-boggling mini productions. The outcomes of their work can be admired here:

What are the participants’ impressions after the course? Read their opinion yourself!

Q: What did you learn on personal level about yourself, other people, or other cultures?

I learned new digital tools for animation and new tools for youth work and a lot about UK.

– What I learnt is how to work in a team. Teamwork makes the dream work.This was one of my favourite things that I learnt there, just communicating and discussing with my team, offering opinions, ideas, sharing with each other.

– I have learned to work better in a team, to think outside the box/ to have an open mind, to try my best and not to be a perfectionist.

– The skills I have learned are technical, since I know now how to do an animation and how to use applications for it.

– I have learned that for a team to work together, team work is necessary and with teamwork there has to be participation. I’ve learned the basics of animations and hope to gain more knowledge about it in the future.

– I have practised teamwork and better understand the concepts of self-motivation and importance of participation.

– I met different people from various countries and learned about their culture which was a personal growth. I learned to work in group with obstacles different than the average ones, such as cultural differences and thus point of views about many things and topics.

– I reassured myself about the fact that I can make it anywhere, that it is a wonderful thing to watch and explore humans, especially when they appear to be somehow different from you. That any barrier can be overcome when you have willingness and you decide to put yourself into your efforts.

– This training course was very important at personal level. I increased my capacity of working in team and respect more the opinion of others. I also became more patient. Creativity also was one of the aspects that were increased.

– I learned I can fit in and work with groups of people coming from various cultural backgrounds, with different interests and differing ages, I discovered I have good organizational and leadership skills, I also noticed I was very inclined to actively participating in as much as possible rather than being passive.

– If you are in a different country but there are a few people who have something in common with you (all of us were participants in this course and it is the common thing for example), the group will hold together, help each other and work together as a team.

– I’ve learned how to deal with group conflicts when group members do not have a consensual concept. Training course, in which I worked with the same participants for most of the week, taught me a long, multi-stage project collaboration. I also saw that I was able to perform my tasks and, if necessary, help other members of the group to accomplish the task. I understood how important is to be elastic in our goals.

– I am very happy that the project was practical, thanks to which the acquired skills can be duplicated and shared with others.

  1. Teamwork skills
    2. A lot of information about other countries such as traditions, places worth visiting, food.
    3. That wherever people come from,they share the same interests as myself.

– We have easily passed by the language barriers, we worked together and did a great job and I’ve noticed that despite the differences between us, we worked as a team.

– I have learnt how to work as a team and how can I be an active member of our group . I’ve learnt how to manage the animation creator program.
– My English language skills upgraded a lot.

– I improved my social skills, such as working in a group, listening to what each member had to say, giving power to our ideas, have patience when someone didn’t want to work as much as the others or didn’t like what we would have liked to do.