ETHNIC Report #3

Embracing The Harmony Nationalities In Colours was a training course created with the youth worker’s learning needs in mind. During the project design and management stage, both before and during the actual project, these learning needs were kept in mind. 

During the training in Malta the participants developed various competences.

Knowledge – This competence was achieved through the activities revolving around the sharing of information about Erasmus+ and Youthpass Certificate. Basic concepts of adult learning theory and youth working, important aspects related to Formal, Non-formal and Informal education, Kolb’s cycle and learning styles, the values and challenges of working inclusively, aspects related to different cultures, about inclusion and exclusion, information about refugee and immigrants situation in participating countries were also activities which were essential to the participants’ increase of knowledge on the topic. 

Skills – Various skills were obtained through the various activities that were carried out through the project. Some activities which contributed to this were activities revolving around recognizing the individual learning styles. The skill to identify cultural factors and identifying refugees and immigrants problems and needs were also developed during the duration of the project. The participants, through each other and the project trainers, managed to obtain the necessary skills to be able to build an inclusive project whilst using different methods to enhance participatory learning.  

Attitudes – Multiple attitudes were tackled and achieved by this project. Positive attitudes towards solidarity and inclusive work whilst also having a positive attitude towards cultural diversity. Having respect for the knowledge and ability of others was also an attitude which was tackled through the training course. Self-confidence, flexibility and adaptability to participants’ needs was an important attitude that was obtained through ETHNIC. 

 The project also developed the general competencies on project management, project writing, non-formal education methods, training and facilitation, but especially specific competences addressed the needs and problems of young refugees and immigrants and promoted fundamental European values. 

After the mobility, the learning process focused on using the competences in the follow up activities, ensuring at the same time the sustainable impact of the entire project.

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