As part of the 4YOUTH project in Africa, an international project training was conducted in Malawi between 7 May 2022 and 14 May 2022. The training took place in a hybrid way, so participants could participate physically or via ZOOM.
The training was focused on the development of national activities as well as on the usage of the coaching instruments in youth work. Also, a presentation of the activities and a plan of implementation by each youth worker was conducted. During our training we visited several youth organizations and had discussions about ways of involving young people in the youth organizations structure. Also, workshops for establishing and managing them were carried out.
After the training, we prepared a questionnaire about the quality and satisfaction of the training, which was answered by ten participants. All those who responded to the questionnaire attended the training physically in Malawi.
It can be seen from the results that almost all participants would recommend participation in the training to their friends and colleagues. As many as 90 % would highly recommend participation, and 10% would recommend it.
The vast majority were very satisfied with the organization of the program, the knowledge of the trainers, the accommodation and the entire administrative process. As much as 70 % of the participants rated the accommodation with the highest score, 80 % also the venue where the training took place was rated with the highest rating. All participants (100%) assessed that the training program fully justified their expectations.
All participants fully agreed that the training program was flexible, that the objectives of the training were clear even before the registration of the participants, and that the training met their needs and expectations. They also rated the trainers as competent to carry out the trainings, they were satisfied with the program’s interactivity, the contents of the program were sufficiently comprehensible and clear, and the registration process went smoothly.
Among the suggestions for improvements, they pointed out that in the future it would be possible to involve even more intensively the participants who participated online and to improve the Internet connection, which was worse during more demanding parts of the program (e.g. video graphics).
Regarding communication with the organizer, they expressed satisfaction with the educational materials (80% of respondents), while 20% rated them as neutral. All agreed that the balance between theory and practical learning was good. 90% of respondents agreed that the instructors’ language was very understandable or comprehensible. All respondents rated the evaluation methods used in the training as excellent or very good.
Regarding the implementation of the training via ZOOM, the majority (66.7%) rated it with the medium score. 70% of participants were of the opinion that they adequately and actively participated in the training.
The participants highlighted the organizational structure, communication, exchange of good practices, getting to know other cultures and the instruments and methods used during the training as the most useful aspects of the training.
When asked what they thought was unnecessary during the training, the vast majority answered that nothing. Two respondents noted that the accommodation was a bit far from the location of the training venue.
Based on all the results of the questionnaire, we estimate that the training was carried out professionally, in accordance with the expectations of all participants and in accordance with the goals of the project.