This is a reference for Milena (Lazic) Nikolic

DayCul - Act daily, think interculturally

The training activity took place
in Nicosia, Cyprus
organised by Cyprus National Agency of Youth in Action Program
22 February - 1 March 2013

Aims & objectives

The DAYCUL was supported by the Cyprus and Greek National Agency as a TCP, after its selection to deal with the theme and priority of Intercultural learning.
The DAYCUL training project was born from a need to offer participants a chance to discover phenomena of culture and cultural diversity from the “real life oriented” perspective of differences in everyday life. In specific, exploring Food, Music, Languages, Identities, Communication patterns, Relations, Time, Personal culture, Relation towards other cultures, Roles in society and all the other things that shape our everyday life (beliefs, values and rules) that are deeply rooted in our culture.
The training course aims at developing the intercultural competencies of youth workers and leaders in organizing international youth projects through exploration of cultural diversity beyond simulations and use of it as a tool to discover identity (become aware of your own culture so that you can open to others who are different). The interaction with local community and environment is a very important element that was dealt within the process, during and after the training.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

This Training course was for 26 participants from Cyprus, France, Bulgaria, Romania, Denmark, Austria, Poland, United Kingdom, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Norway, Holland.

The participants were mostly youth workers and representatives of youth organizations working directly with young people.

Team of Trainers
Panayiotis Theodorou - Cyprus
Salvi Greco - Italy
Milena Lazic - Serbia

Training methods used & main activities

The methodology used is specific to non‐formal education and learning, both individual and group methods, taking into consideration participants’ learning needs with a creative approach (cooking, dancing etc.) to phenomena of culture and cultural diversity from the perspective of everyday life.
The methodology of Photovoice was used as a basic tool trough out the training course offering exploration and interaction with local culture both city and village. Learning Space Dynamics, reflection groups, individual learning and personal development were also part of the agenda. Youthpass was also introduced and used as an evaluation tool.

Outcomes of the activity

6 training days we achieved to:
- have 5 Photovoice presentations on various aspects of Culture exhibited to the local community of Nicosia, Cyprus;
- understand the multiple forms of culture and intercultural dialogue through exploration of cultural diversity from a perspective of everyday life;
- stimulate and challenge youth workers to use very different cultural environment as a tool to discover identity;
- discover and acknowledge the importance that influence of culture has on person’s perception of reality, everyday behaviour and identity;
- discuss common European values;
- take initiative to create activities and projects on intercultural learning for the local contexts and realities;
- create an interactive learning and reflection group of youth workers that will afterwards lay the foundations for future international cooperation in Youth in Action projects.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I had a role of a trainer, meaning that I was responsible for design, implementation and evaluation of the training program. The training program was reviewed and evaluated every day and adjusted according to the learning needs of participants.

I worked on this training for 6 days as a full time trainer.

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