Explora conducted a series of one-day workshops on experiential and adventure-based learning for youth workers. The participants in these workshops are all involved in the "Enhanced STEP-UP" (ESU) programme - they hail from different voluntary welfare organisations all over Singapore.
It was truly exciting to be able to have 'direct' contact with passionate people united by one aim - to help special needs youth in whatever ways possible to stay in school or to get them back into school.
[More information about ESU can be found here.]
Fortunately, a good friend of Explora's, Mr Ahmad Taufiq took a short detour from pursuing his PhD in Family Ecology at University Putra Malaysia to share his knowledge and experience with the workshop participants.
We were gratified that the participants were so open to what we had to share with them, to the extent that at the end of the sessions, many participants remained behind to ask us questions.
Here's what one participant from New Life Community Services emailed to us the day after the workshop:
I enjoyed the training sessions. The trainers shared generously. They have a wealth of experience in organising and managing groups. I’m glad I made the time to attend. M. Quek
|15 minutes till the workshop starts|
|Gene sharing an ice-breaker game with the participants|
|Always a crowd pleaser - "Giant, Wizard & Dwarf"!|
|Shukor getting proceedings under way|
|Taufiq talking about the importance of the family ecology in youths' lives|
|Applying von Bertalanffy's GST (no, not the S'pore Govt's type of GST)|
|Is that a sheltered child in the circle..?|
|Choosing between condo, flat or landed property...|
|Yes, the workshop did arouse some passions...|
|An exercise in 'mirroring' - not a mystery to psychologists!|
|Proposing an ideal experiential learning programme is not easy|
|Shukor pitching for a broadcaster's licence for his new radio station?|
|Hope the printed notes are of some use!|
|The proper use of metaphor in experiential learning is emphasised by Shukor|
|Taufiq is glad the workshops are over - but looking forward to future ones!|