The project Game Factory took place in Lviv, Ukraine from 1-7.03.2015, which was funded in the frames of Erasmus+ project and was hosted by the Netherlands Richter Foundation.
There were 24 participants from 10 different countries, such as: Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania. Italy, Slovakia, Estonia, Belarus, Armenia, Latvia, Romania and the Netherlands. Armenia was representing 2 participants Aram Arakelyan and Lucy Mkhoyan, who were selected by Future in Our Hands Youth NGO.
“The game factory” was a 5 day training course for youth workers and youth leaders which supports them in developing their skills in using games as a tool to active inactive young people. The training covered such topics as the theory and practice of game playing, methodology of games in youth work, the way of its use in youth work, workshop planning, adapting games to different target groups, and the use of traditional and folk games as a tool for non-formal learning. The training provided the participants an opportunity to bring their own games and adapt them to a non-formal learning environment; and the opportunity to develop their practical skills in leading games workshops. Also there were discussions about the advantages of non formal education and games methodology in youth work.
There was a short city tour in Lviv at the end of the project, where the participants had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the city and get new energy after the working days.
The project was a good platform for youth workers, who ahs just started their career in youth work and for those who didn’t have much experience in international projects. It have them an opportunity to share their best skills and get new skills for their future activities.