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DECIDE - Developing Competencies for Intercultural Dialogue in European Context

The training activity took place
in Lefkosia, Cyprus
organised by Politistiko Ergastiri Ayion Omoloyiton
22-29 May 2013
Reference person

Salvi Greco

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Aims & objectives

Provide basic knowledge for educators to work with cultural differences and intercultural dialogue.

Topics: Culture, Identity and Culture, Prejudice, Stereotypes and Discrimination, Possible ways for developing understanding and accepting differences, Intercultural Dialogue as Learning Tool.

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

12 teachers, head-teachers, educators in formal and non-formal setting coming from Italy, Cyprus, Romania, Germany, Slovenia, UK, Lichtenstein, Poland

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

Training methods used & main activities

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, meaning methods specific to non-formal education and learning, both individual and group methods, taking into consideration participants’ learning needs. Creativity and creative methods were used for digging, exploring, phenomena of culture and cultural diversity from the perspective of everyday life.
Specific methods used were:
“Photovoice “ as a basic tool trough out the training course offering exploration and interaction with local culture, as well as method called “CookLab” (food and cooking) designed “to touch and feel ” cultural diversity, mostly from the personal identity perspective.

Outcomes of the activity

Outcomes of the activity
During 6 training days teachers'& trainers had:
-developed knowledge and competence in key concepts of intercultural learning through exploration of cultural diversity from a perspective of everyday life;
-enhanced ability to use very different cultural environment as a tool, integrating it within their educational activities to discover identity;
-acknowledged the importance that influence of culture has on person’s perception of reality, everyday behaviour and identity;
-been introduced with the approaches and activities of intercultural learning and possibilities to adapt them to their local contexts/pupils/learners and realities;
-reflected about the importance of cultural diversity when organizing international projects;
-developed an informal network of teachers & trainers, in EU.

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. Always in cooperation with my co trainers. I also had the responsibility of the logistics of the program since we were the hosts.

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

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