Educator training

Mobile School has developed a curriculum of specialised training programmes to prepare street workers for their outreach work.

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The package includes basic insights, specific competencies and specialised methodologies. The training courses have a scientific foundation, interspersed with concrete examples and anecdotes from 15 years of experience on the street. The training courses are hands-on and practical.

The curriculum is subdivided into three theme groups:

Educator training

Creativity & Innovation

In order to work in the constantly changing environment of the streets and to meet the needs of the extremely diverse target group, one has to be creative in methodology and approach. Education via games is key to creating a self-motivating and sustainable learning environment in which the ‘fun factor’ element is indispensable! Creating this positive and constructive meeting place where all feel included, heard and respected is an art form. It requires unlearning conventional patterns and methods or limiting beliefs in order to make room for new, creative and innovative techniques.

  • Importance of play
  • Creative Therapy
  • Creativity & creative activities
  • Street business toolkit
  • Technical and educational workshop
  • Circus and clownery

Creativity and Innovation

Organisation & methodology

To achieve our objectives, it is important to precisely define our vision, mission, values and strategy. Only then can our goals be clear to all involved. This makes it possible for all stakeholders to combine forces and make optimal use of our resources to increase the effectiveness of our efforts. Awareness of your team’s strengths and weaknesses makes it possible to put the right people in the right place, in order to optimally reach out to the kids on the streets. Creating a supportive, collegial environment prevents burnout and stimulates the exchange of best practices. Likewise, creating opportunities to realise visible results and impact is self-motivating and helps increase the desire for excellence.

  • Identifying an organisation's needs
  • Vision, strategy and methodology
  • Project management
  • Team
  • Problem solving
  • Intervision
  • Evaluation methods
  • Motivation

Organisation and methodology

Psychology of street children

A street child is a child whose main learning environment is the street. Street culture is a culture of exclusion. With similarities in this subculture found worldwide, it remains a distinct culture with its own evolution, influencing the mentality and worldview of every child in its grasp.

Working with street children requires a mind open to absorbing a different frame of reference, and the use of empathy as a way of discovering and learning to understand the emotional impact of survival on the streets and the reasoning it entails. Gaining insight into these children's world empowers you to instil in them a sense of self-worth and self-respect. Empowerment is key to any change process that requires willpower, determination and perseverance. This applies to street educators as well as street children. These abilities are relevant to all.

  • Self esteem
  • Counselling skills
  • Principles of street work
  • Children’s Rights
  • Child Abuse
  • Resilience
  • Dealing with aggression

Psychology of street children

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