Thursday, 23 September 2021

Officiellement non-formel – that’s the title of our programme! Movetia, Dachverband Schweizerische Jugendparlamente (Umbrella Organisation of Swiss Youth Parliaments, or DSJ) and Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jugendverbände (Swiss National Youth Council, or SAJV) will introduce you to the world of non-formal learning at this year’s annual Youth in Action event. The full-day event, which takes place in Solothurn on 23 September 2021, will focus on learning and experiencing new approaches and methods together.

The participants will engage in non-formal learning – rather than listen to long presentations, they will actively help shape event and discuss the topic. What does non-formal learning mean for me? What does non-formal learning have to do with participation? How can I implement non-formal learning in my everyday life? How can we measure the results of non-formal learning? We will answer these questions in an interactive format and in a wide variety of learning environments. There will also be plenty of opportunity to learn from one another, to exchange best practices and to engage in discussions with one another. There will be food, of course, and a performance by actor Alvise Lindenberger.

Officiellement non-formel is geared towards all who are active in youth work – from young volunteers to experienced professionals. Participation is free. The event will be conducted in German and French. Sign language will be provided for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. Please register at for sign language.

The coronavirus still hasn’t been defeated, but it is under control in Switzerland, so we are planning on holding the event in person. The activities will be carried out in compliance with the stipulated safety measures. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide information about all measures prior to the event. If the event cannot be carried out in person, an alternative online programme will be offered.

The programme overview and information about the individual workshops has already been put together – there's something for everyone! When you register, you can indicate your priorities for the workshops. The descriptions of the workshops are in the column at the right. We look forward to receiving your registration!

When: Thursday, 23 September 2021
Where: Landhaus, Landhausquai 4, 4500 Solothurn
Registration deadline: 3 September 2021


From 10 a.m. Registration and welcome coffee
10:30 a.m.  Introduction of the topic to the full group      
11:30 a.m. 

Workshops (1st round)
selection of six workshops

Methods of non-formal learning:
- Non-formal education for all, instead of a few: Experiences and methods from Europe
- Is hybrid learning hubris? New formats of non-formal learning

Validation of non-formal learning:
- Round table on the recognition of key competencies
- Role play – job interview with the Benevol Dossier for Volunteering

Participatory structures in non-formal learning:
- Fight the pineapple
- Case studies – accept the challenge!

12:30 p.m. Lunch with sandwiches, soup, salad (vegetarian)
13:30 p.m.

Best practice methods fair
Participants can choose three of eight non-formal methods and learn more about them in brief interactive presentations of 15 minutes each. A toolkit comprised of all of the methods will be available to participants.

15:00 p.m.

Workshops (2nd round)
selection of 6 workshops

16:00 p.m. Summary of what has been learned, evaluation discussion, conclusion
17:00 p.m. Performance by Alvise Lindenberger, followed by snacks and drinks (vegetarian)

Workshop descriptions

Workshop 1: Non-formal education for all, instead of a few: Experiences and methods from Europe
Conducted by: SALTO Youth Inclusion & Diversity
Language: English
Topic: Non-formal learning experiences are usually more accessible and have a lower threshold than other forms of learning. Non-formal education therefore makes a major contribution to an inclusive society. The SALTO Youth Center in Brussels is the European competence centre for inclusion and diversity in international youth projects. SALTO is coming to Solothurn, bringing experiences and methods from around Europe.

Workshop 2: Is hybrid learning hubris? New formats of non-formal learning
Conducted by: oikos international and oikos St. Gallen
Language: English
Topic: Over the past two years, we have all examined the extent to which youth projects can be conducted in new formats, for example, online or hybrid (a mix of online and in person). Student organisation oikos has not only considered this topic in-depth, it has also implemented very successful hybrid learning formats.

Workshop 3: Round table on the recognition of key competencies in the professional world
Conducted by: Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jugendverbände (Swiss National Youth Council, or SAJV)
Language: German
Topic: What does volunteer work have to do with the professional world? How best can volunteer work be recognised in the professional world? What role does volunteer work play in life and the development of young people? The SAJV’s “key competencies” project team brings together the relevant stakeholders with participants in order to answer these questions.

Workshop 4: Role play: “Job interview with the Benevol Dossier for Volunteering”
Conducted by: Romain Fardel, Swiss National Youth Council
Language: French in the morning, German in the afternoon
Topic: Participants will engage in role play as volunteers, youth organisations and employers. The goal is to practice carrying out a job interview. Volunteers will defend their application dossier and explain the advantages of their “Benevol Dossier for Volunteering”. The youth organisation can intervene to help the volunteers. Are the employers prepared to address the volunteers’ arguments?

Workshop 5: Fight the pineapple!
Conducted by: Schweizerische Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Jugendverbände (Swiss National Youth Council, or SAJV) and Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente (Umbrella Organisation of Swiss Youth Parliaments, or DSJ)
Language: Bilingual (French and German)
Topic: In the workshop, participants will establish a participatory structure to address a major social problem. To do so, they will form groups and assume roles – the solutions that are worked out will be compared and discussed in the full group.

Workshop 6: Case study: Accept challenges!
Conducted by: Ecublens Youth Council (Conseil des Jeunes d’Ecublens), volunteers from Youth Session and TBD.
Language: Bilingual (French and German)
Topic: Using concrete examples and experiences, the participants will work in the group to find viable solutions for challenges that can arise in a participatory structure. The workshop will focus on a direct exchange between the representatives of the cases presented and the participants.