Mustafa Erdogan is a specialist in non-formal education, a trainer, youth worker, and founder of DeM Experiential Training Center in Turkey. He has more than 15 years of experience in the field of civil society.
Mustafa has a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and a master’s degree in Management of Nongovernmental Organizations and Social Projects. He has been working as a trainer for European Union Education and Youth Programs since 2006, and is one of the founders of the International Experiential Learning Network (IELN). He has realized dozens of international projects aiming to strengthen the dialogue between formal and non-formal education.
Mustafa has been working as a trainer and program designer in numerous training projects of prominent organizations such as Turkey’s Ministry of National Education, the Turkish National Agency for Youth Works and Adult Education, the Turkish Basketball Federation, the German Basketball Federation, the United Nations Refugee Agency, and GIZ German Cooperation Agency.
He is the co-developer of the DeM Training for Trainers Program which is a practical synthesis of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory and Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. To date, he has delivered this Training for Trainers Program to more than 350 educators from 13 countries. He is also co-creator of DeM Rubric, a qualitative assessment tool for evaluating non-formal education programs’ compliance with experiential learning.
His recent works are focused on ministerial level international cooperation in the field of education and he advocates that rights-based social transformation is only possible through social transformation-based education.