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Step into colourful societies training course

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The project is about developing competencies of youth workers/leaders to become active promoters of cultural diversity in their communities by implementing youth activities on local and international level.

Description of the tool

Aims and objectives of the training course:
-To develop understanding of cultural diversity and critical reflection on existing theories and terminology
-To increase awareness on what is influencing one’s own behaviour in intercultural situations
-To reflect on global aspects of cultural diversity (me and the world)
-To develop positive attitudes and responses (actions) to the existing challenges in culturally diverse societies
-To develop skills how to address cultural diversity in youth work, using non formal education as methodology and active youth participation as an attitude
-To explore educational tools for intercultural learning, and reflect on transferability in youth work
-To get acquainted with sources of financial/informational support (European Youth Foundation, Youth in Action programme, European youth organisations’ networks)
-To build cooperation among participants for mutual learning and joint actions

Methodology of the training course: The course was based on the principles and practise of non formal education taking account participants needs, motivations and previous experiences as starting point of the programme.
-Active methods for group dynamics
-Work in mixed groups
-Learner – centred and based on the experiences of participants
-Based on a personal responsibility for learning, supported by a strong group dimension and a collective approach;
-Enabling participants to apply and transfer what they learnt to their youth work practise
-Taking into account the needs and motivations of participants and be open to regular feedback and evaluation
-Learning in/from community
-Mutual learning
-Meta-level – adaptation of topics, facts - global reality (awareness)
-Using diversity of peer groups for the learning
-Case studies


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Tool overview

This tool is for

24 youth workers, youth leaders

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, Intercultural Learning, Personal Development, Peer education

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The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Mara Arvai (on 18 January 2008)

and last modified

17 December 2008

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