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Learning in different ways and perspectives
Start date: May 1, 2015, End date: Dec 1, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main activity is a training for youth workers from Brabant and Istanbul. The transition of youth care in Netherlands and the professionalization-process of youth work in Turkey imply a reorientation of youth work in both countries. In addition, the cultural norms and values differ in both countries. Understanding of the underlying values and beliefs helps youth workers dealing with young people with a different cultural background. The transition of the youth system in the Netherlands requires youth workers to respond to the problems of young people, work system minded, cooperate with the social network, and that they learn to offer adequate services. These are highly developed skills of youth workers in Turkey. Youth workers in Istanbul are in need of professional development, determine their direction and that they work methodically. This is solidly developed by youth workers from the Netherlands. The competencies that are developed in both countries strongly complement each other and are partially complementary. Hence, they can learn a lot from each other. Following the international training challenges youth workers to think and act "out of the box" to widen their perspective on youth work and to clarify their position and role. They also develop skills and explore ways of improving their approach and working methods with the themes, which play a big role in the guidance of young people in both countries: intercultural work, child abuse and addiction problems. Based on the support and cooperation for youth institutions, K2 wants to transfer and anchor knowledge and experiences to youth institutions which work for young people. In this way K2 wants to contribute to the development of youth workers professionally. The Ministry of Youth and Sports wants to professionalize the youth work in Istanbul. Objective: With this training we want to promote the competencies of the participants, who contribute to the quality and the content of their role and position as a youth worker in their own country. Understanding the own position within the transition, helps them to clarify their role and tasks and to carry them out in a targeted manner.

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