Published: 04.09.2019

At the DofE, we want to continually support leaders who choose to volunteer their time to educate young people. This includes many educators from schools across the country.

In order to better meet this goal, we have decided to apply for support Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports in the Operational Programme Research, Development and Education in the call for proposals Improving the quality of non-formal education.


The project we have prepared will be based on tandem non-formal education (TNV), which will be led by regional managers from the DofE National Centre. They will work with teachers from state secondary schools in the project.


How will it work?


During the 5 blocks of TNV, the regional manager and the teacher will spend 10 intensive hours together. The two-hour sessions, which will take place in the participating educator's school, will not only be an opportunity for the educator to improve in areas of personal and social development, but also a place for mutual learning and sharing of experiences. 


The TNV blocks will focus on the following areas:

  1. Organisational and management techniques: effective leadership of non-formal education and DofE programmes in schools. 
  2. Communication skills: assertive communication and negotiation tools. Differences in communication with different groups.
  3. Mentoring, coaching and presentation skills: practices to teach students intrinsic motivation, empathy and self-actualization. Tools for effective presenting with a focus on non-focal education.
  4. Social-personal development: tools to improve and achieve mental well-being. Improving the team atmosphere and preventing burnout syndrome.
  5. Civic skills: volunteering opportunities, motivating students to help in their community and neighbourhood.

Scope of the project:

Six DofE Regional Managers will deliver TNV with two teachers per term. There will be a total of 6 half-termly cycles. Therefore, 72 tandems will be delivered during the project.

The project will start in February 2020.


We are confident that the project will be approved and we will embark on intensive capacity building in non-formal education from the new calendar year.

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