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Developing Cultural Competency
Start date: Aug 1, 2015, End date: Jan 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Developing Cultural Competency is a short training course funded by the Erasmus + programme that support those engaged in both formal and non-formal education projects at the international level. It supports participants to develop working praxis (intergration if theory and practice) for this type of work. The course sets out to support participants to develop the tools for inter-cultural learning, understand how to develop empath and how to be effective in cross-cultural communication. We believe having these skills is what is needed to be an active European Citizen. The course will look at cultural learning from a variety of view points, National Identity, Religion, Ethnicity, Multiculturalism, Historical, shared Ideologies, ethics and philosophies. The course want to share about the rights and opportunities European citizens have and explore the benefits of further international cooperations and relations. Set amongst one of the oldest cultures in Europe (Wales) this project will be based at the Urdd center in Bala. As well as engaging within the topic of culture from their own realists they will learn how the Welsh culture has maintained it survival while also allowing for inclusion on other cultures and nations within the nation. This course we uses the model of inter-cultural sensitiveness by Milton J. Bennett as a basis for the flow of the programme. The model focuses on the different levels for cultural adaptation and goes through a scale of 6 stages, which are... 1. Denial of Difference 2. Defense against Difference 3. Minimization of Difference 4. Acceptance of Difference 5. Adaptation to Difference 6. Integration of Difference By the end of the course participants will be able too... - Understand how to dissect and develop empathy for others cultures - Learn the skills of cross-cultural communication - Develop a basic understanding of the different faiths and beliefs in Europe and what there practices are - Explore the concept of being an active citizen and what this means at the level of the EU - Learn how to develop further partnerships within Europe and acquire funding to develop project are sponsor opportunities for mobility - Understand about the diversity, and multiculturalism and what positive effects this has for the continent - Explore national identity and race - Develop a higher sense of empathy - Gain an overview of the history of Europe and it's journey towards the Union
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