The KICKFAIR Strategy

1. Facilitation of learning instead of teaching
Young people are able to create their own outlooks on life and become active designers of their own futures! In the KICKFAIR model for education, young people are encouraged to take their personal and professional futures into their own hands.

2. Tailoring the programme to local contexts
Our education programme is adapted for each local context. To do this, we carry out exploratory discussions with local implementing partners (schools, youth centres, and municipal administrations) and explore local needs and realities. In cooperation with partners, we develop a joint educational concept for each specific location. We play a large role in developing the on-site projects, and are part of the process from the initial planning stages to implementation.

3. Continued training
Our approach to learning is based on a process of finding potential through facilitation of learning instead of simply teaching. This requires an understanding of learning in which teachers accompany young people on their path of learning. Our learning processes are more open and not always able to be structured. The success rate is not always 100% predictable and can therefore not be viewed in the same way as learning in school. As part of the KICKFAIR approach, we train teachers, guardians and youth leaders to become learning companions.


4. Promotion of youth leadership and peer-to-peer learning
Former KICKFAIR participants often go on to become youth leaders and take on important tasks for projects in their local area. They pass on their individual experiences and guide younger participants along the way. The result is a rolling system of mentors – a programme that will be further developed and more widely practiced in the future.

5. Cooperation and learning from one another through regional and national networks
An important part of the approach is the regular exchange of know-how and best practices at the regional, national and international levels. This applies equally to young people, youth leaders, teachers and guardians. This strategy is also an important component for KICKFAIR’s content and the qualitative development of the programme.

6. Systemisation and publication
Knowledge and experiences stemming from the projects are combined with new scientific knowledge. This process helps in developing teaching materials for course and project work.