By its own definition, education represents the entirety of features, qualities, or habits – spiritual, mental, physical, or cultural - that one gains from the systematic influence of school, family or society. In other words, education in any form presents a person with different skills, opens new work to them, and teaches them how to work for their own benefit and the benefit of society at large. The idea that one learns while they are alive guides CED in all it does, and the organization’s members believe that each individual - regardless of their ethnicity, religion or other affiliation - possesses the capacity for self-development in the entire process of life. Since CED’s establishment, most of its projects have aimed at young people's personal development, group work, encouraging creativity through the method which is accepted by young people, non-formal education.
Every activity we do holds education as its core value, no matter what field the activity falls under – be it ecology, culture or institutional development. In the field of education, we conduct our activities to bestow skills and knowledge on our target group through different courses, trainings and workshops.
As Center for Education and Development, we offer the following types of training and workshops for youth, youth workers and private and public institutions:
- Basis of Youth Work
- Youth Employability Skills (YES)
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Communication and Leadership skills
- Intercultural communication
- Creative Conflict Management
- Project Cycle Management
- Youth participation & activism
- Children & Human rights
- Recycle management and trash fashion workshops
According to contemporary research, methodology and knowledge, human education breaks down into three categories as follows:
Formal education - refers to all processes of the formal education system, structured in a hierarchical manner (from primary school to university), which result in the acquisition of various diplomas and technical skills.
Non-formal education - means organized learning processes organized outside the formal education system and in most cases, is dedicated to the personal development of the individual and immediately applicable in practice. Non-formal education leaves the student with the choice to learn and apply, and non-formal education can be conducted through work, action, practice, and other such similar activities, since it is based on learning through experience. Non-formal education is long-term, comprehensive, and lasts a lifetime.
Informal education – While related to non-formal education, informal education has slightly different aspects. Educational activities, mainly individual, conducted by any person through means such as media, internet, and experience through contacts with other people constitute informal education.
Non-formal education’s concern with motivating participants to take initiative in social and personal change aligns perfectly with CED’s mission, and all its members believe in this approach as an effective means of developing active citizens and promoting positive social change. As a result, CED continues to promote non-formal education through various activities such as various creative workshops, exchanges, exhibitions, camps and other activities.
We are conscious that these three types of education stand paramount in one’s developing one’s identity and capabilities. With this in mind we always design our educational projects with the following core values: respect for people, promotion of welfare, the truth, democracy, justice/fairness and equality.