Adult Education and Training: Formal and Non-Formal Education


In this session the participants will have the opportunity to learn about formal and non formal education. The session will focus on the formal learning system and policies for the asylum seekers, migrants and refugees. Participants will be able to gain knowledge about the education system of the example country and/or the country they will choose to study and/or EU policies. Additionally, they will be able to participate in non formal education activities in order to explore the potentials of differential learning.

Preparation time

Preparation time is estimated to 4 hours, which consist of studying the terminology of the lesson and various examples. 1 hour preparing the activity materials.

Teaching time

90 minutes

Learning Outcomes

After completing this unit, participants will have/be able to:

  • Identify formal and non-formal education,
  • Explore different non formal activities about the adult education,
  • Learn how to work in teams and investigate different educational systems,
  • Create needs analysis using SWOT.

Lesson Plan for F2F Teaching and Learning

90 minutes
Activity description

During this lesson, participants will go through the educational systems. They will try to monitor the education providers and institutions, in order to identify the possibilities locals and migrants have. Afterwards, the trainer asks the group to split in smaller groups of 4-5 people. The trainer asks the groups to discuss the characteristics of the adult educators: which are the skills, attitudes and behaviors they should have? Each group takes 3 colors of post-it notes. Each color represents one of the characteristics. Afterwards, the trainer asks the group to present its ideas and describe the “Super hero Educator”.
The activity follows a small debriefing, in order to reflect on the activity.

Following this activity, the groups will be divided again in small groups of 4-6 people. In this stage, they will be asked to work in teams and create a map of needs and realities of their local system. They will have 15-20 minutes to discuss and then 3 minutes to present the needs analysis to the other groups.

Training methods
  • Non formal;
  • Discussion;
  • Group work.
Materials / Equipment
  • PowerPoint
  • Printed materials
  • Flipchart
  • Markers