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International Tool Fair XV

The International Tool Fair is a place offering the opportunity to test and taste new tools, analyse, exchange and evaluate them, in order to valorise creativity in non-formal education pedagogical initiatives.

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS: TRANSITION INTO REVOLUTION

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The International Tool Fair is a place offering the opportunity to test and taste new tools, analyse, exchange and evaluate them, in order to valorise creativity in non-formal education pedagogical initiatives.

Tool Fair aims to be a community of practice open to youth workers, youth leaders, educators, trainers and teachers interested in sharing, transferring and adapting educational tools in the frame of non-formal learning.

What will the Tool Fair XV be about?

The XV edition of the International Tool Fair will explore the themes connected to the various risk factors that youth work faced and which will be addressed in the next future. Given the situation of social, cultural and economic fragility, practitioners dealing with youth education need to equip themselves with increasingly sophisticated and effective tools for learning that can help to cope with today's changes and challenges. The risk factors are diverse and complex: we have faced the serious crisis of the COVID-19, but also others such as environmental, democratic and human rights issues…

  • How can youth work be a support for young people?
  • Which are the needed educational tools that can be transferred in other social and cultural contexts?
  • Is an educational revolution needed to turn CHANGE into CHANCE?

These are some of the questions that the 15th International Tool Fair will try to address by putting educational tools at the centre as an opportunity for exchange and professional growth.

How are we going to address these topics?

This edition of the Tool Fair will involve youth workers and trainers who have developed tools to support the psycho-physical well-being of the youth, but also digital and face-to-face tools designed during the lock-down period and developed throughout the transition period.

Moreover, tools (intellectual outputs) conceived within strategic partnerships for innovation projects will be enhanced. With this intent, practices coming from the world of formal and vocational education will also be valued, to create cross-sectoral bridges between the different sectors of education dealing with youth.

Where?

Vila Nova de Gaia is the third most populous municipality in the country, with over 300,000 inhabitants, after Lisbon and Sintra, and the most populous in the Northern region.

Internationally known for its port and Douro wine companies, its automobile, glass and electronic components industries, its artists - musicians, painters, sculptors and architects - and its tourism activities that welcome thousands of visitors every year, being one of the largest municipalities in the region and in the country, Gaia is a city that has enormous development potential ahead of it.

It is located on the Atlantic front of the terminal valley of the Douro River, on its southern bank, with the municipalities of Porto and Gondomar on the other side of the river. Its territory occupies the coastal platforms, separated from the inland valleys of the Febros and Uíma rivers that flow northward to flow into the Douro, by the small elevations of the Serra de Negrelos and Monte Murado.

Gaia stretches 17 kilometers of riverfront along the Douro, with unique places and landscapes, and offers 16 kilometers of the seafront, where all of its beaches consecutively display the Blue Flag award.”