Make it interactive

Just sitting and listening to someone speak for an extended time with or without a PowerPoint presentation is less engaging. Try to create a better learning experience! Involve participants in ways that you can think of!

Build a story

It is fun to attend an educational activity that has an excitement to it. It begins like an adventure, not necessarily knowing where the activity will lead you. This makes participants remember. 

Break hierarchies

By creating an atmosphere of everyone being equal, you include people who usually might not feel heard. You create the basis for a more meaningful eye-to-eye exchange in discussions between participants.

Be creative 

By doing something weird or unexpected, you might not only make participants laugh, but they might also talk and think about your activity afterwards. Make (non-offensive) jokes, use teaching methods that might be unusual for them. Go to Materials to explore humour in non-formal education.

Plan according to  your target groups

Who are the people who will attend your activity? What is their age and educational background? Do they know each other already? What language do they speak? What are their learning needs? 

Involve peer education 

If the person facilitating the activity belongs to a similar group as the participants, it can be more interesting. E.g. if an activity is meant for teenagers, the facilitator is a teenager as well. Try include the group in your facilitation.


Go back and think of how you can your educational activity using these six points.

Rework your concept and add some spice to it using these methods to make your activity more fun and interesting.

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