Training Course Start Now! was held in Poland
17.03.2018
In the period 09.03.-16.03.2018 in Gulcholazi, Poland, a training course under the project "Start Now! - Strategic partnership for health promotion among youth” under the Erasmus + program Key Activity 2: Strategic Partnerships. Representatives from different youth organizations from three countries - Bulgaria, Cyprus and Poland - took part.

During the training course, various non-formal education methods were discussed to promote a healthy lifestyle. An online platform was presented, where all the training modules developed at the project will be available: www.startnow-learning.eu.

The training was organized by the HOPP Organization from Opole, Poland. A total of 7 representatives of youth organizations from Bulgaria took part in the training course, including Kalinka Gudarovska, a member of the Management Board of the Bulgarian sports development association.

"Start now !: A Strategic partnership for health promotion among youth " is a project funded by Erasmus +, Key Activity 2. The main objective of the project is to promote healthy lifestyles among young people and be implemented in the March 2017 - December 2018 in three European countries - Bulgaria, Poland and Cyprus. The project will be implemented in various youth organizations with innovative non-formal learning methods for health culture.

The results of the applied methods will be a change in the behavior of young people and an increased awareness of the healthy lifestyle. The project will be coordinated by the HOPP Health Association from Opole, Poland in partnership with the Bulgarian sports development association and Social Policy and Action from Nicosia, Cyprus. The implementation will be done after a statistical analysis prepared by the participants in the project, which will serve as a basis for publications developed during the project.

Through a series of international meetings, a pilot training course for youth workers and as a result - an innovative methodology based on a modular system and informal learning methods for working with young people, we will be able to apply the results to different youth organizations and institutions in the partner countries of the project.

The innovative methodology will be implemented through non-formal learning in Non-formal Education Centers ("NEC"), run by partner organizations. The main purpose of these centers will be dissemination of results among local youth organizations. The methodology will be described in detail and given to the European institutions.

To make the information from the project as accessible as possible, an interactive youth portal will also be created. At the end of the project an International Conference and Open Days will be held in the project partner countries to make the results as visible as possible.