Intercultural Sensitivity is all around
Start date: Sep 2, 2015,
End date: Mar 1, 2016
There will be a seminar titled ”Intercultural Sensitivity all around” - Seminar on developmental model of intercultural sensitiveness and how it can be put into youth work practice in Zagreb, Croatia between 02-08 October 2015. Together with the host organization from Croatia, participants will come from 9 programe countries: Austria, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, R.Macedonia, Sovenia.
Nowadays interculturality is part of our everyday life and work. People who work with young people face with several challenges to be in a situation which based on cultural background and they don’t know how to react or don’t understand why they react how they react. Ambiguity is everywhere, among young people and between young person and youth worker. It is essential nowadays to develop and improve our intercultural competence with emphasis on intercultural sensitiveness because we don’t have to travel to another country to face with different culture, different cultures come to us, different cultures are around us. Milton J. Bennett made a fantastic theory called Developmental model of intercultural sensitiveness. The academic model can be adapted to youth work activities which gives opportunity for youth workers to support young people to understand each other’s and improve their abilities to function together.
The overall aim of the seminar is to train youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, social workers, etc. on use the Milton J. Bennett model in their daily work and lives in order to improve their intercultural competence to work with different target groups e.g. minorities, immigrants, Roma young people, etc. 8 phases of the model have to be understood by youth workers and share methods, tools and techniques how they can support young people from different cultural background to reach the certain phase or go forward to the next phase in local level then invent new youth projects e.g. youth exchanges, EVS and trainings in order to improve intercultural competences of young people in European level according to the proposals of Erasmus +.
We will have 30 participants, 3 from each country. The profile of participants: youth workers, youth leaders and volunteers from different sized organisations from villages and cities as well.
The seminar will be learner-centred because first of all the people who work with young people having different cultural backgrounds have to be aware that how sensitive they are interculturally and how much they need to improve their intercultural competence. So an experienced trainer team will prepare participatory and creative methods of non – formal education through the phases of the model of Milton J. Benett and youth workers can through all phases and make self – assessment regarding to their own intercultural competence with special focus on intercultural sensitiveness. Meanwhile they have to consider how they can support their target groups to go through these phases in their lives as well and share, exchange and invent methods, tools and techniques to develop and improve to reach or go further from the certain phase. Theoretical part will be the self – assessment part regarding to own intercultural sensitiveness of participants based on the Model. Practical part will be to share, exchanges and explore methods, tools and techniques to support young people with different cultural background to go through the phases. Then invent international youth projects to experience interculturality in European level.
The whole seminar is aimed at putting the Developmental model of intercultural sensitiveness into local and European youth work practice.
Participants will recognize their level of intercultural sensitiveness based on the Developmental model of Milton J. Bennett, to set up a learning plan how to improve it further, then share and invent creative tools and methods how this Developmental model and its phases can be adapted into their youth work with different culturally young people. Being able to run local youth activities in order to make the local community intercultural sensitive. Being able to make proposals and write applications on European youth projects with special focus on intercultural competence development according to the needs and expectations of their young people they work with. The seminar will be a great self – assessment process for them regarding to their intercultural sensitiveness as persons and as youth workers, teachers, social workers, etc. Then it will be a great opportunity to improve their youth work abilities with new tools and methods and gain project management skills in European level.
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