This is a reference for Weronika Koralewska

"Many Stories, One Conclusion" - Erasmus+ training for youth workers

The training activity took place
in Złocieniec, Poland
organised by Chrześcijańska Służba Charytatywna Oddział Dolnośląski
12/10/2019 - 19/10/2019
Reference person

Khadijah Joudeh

(Co-trainer)
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Aims & objectives

The MSOC training had following objectives:

1) EQUIPPING YOUTH WORKERS FROM PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS IN ADVANCED SKILLS, TOOLS AND METHODS OF CONVEYING THE VALUES OF TOLERANCE AND INTERCULTURAL UNDERSTANDING VIA MYTHS AND LEGENDS:
This goal was in line with one of the Erasmus+ priorities - our project indirectly contributed to preventing violent radicalisation of young people, since the the youth workers possessed better skills in preventing radicalisation via promoting tolerance. By "advanced skills, tools and methods of conveying the values of tolerance and intercultural understanding via myths and legends" we mean especially two methodologies which were developed across our project and which the participants gained: method of board game and escape room method.

2) INCREASING TOLERANCE FOR DIVERSITY IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES OF PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS:
Thanks to our dissemination activities, not only the participants of the training became more tolerant towards diversity and open-minded, but also all of the local communities of the participating organisations.

3) SHARING OUR INNOVATIVE METHODOLOGIES WITH OTHER YOUTH WORKERS:
We want to share the scenarios we developed with other youth workers, and since we created this publication. In this way, other youth workers may use our game in their own local communities.

4) REACHING OUT TO MARGINALISED YOUNG
PEOPLE FROM LOCAL COMMUNITIES:
Most of our organisations in the MSOC project operate in disadvantaged areas. Some of the participants of the MSOC training came from disadvantaged backgrounds (including participants with disabilities).

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

The training involved youth workers from five countries: Jordan, Ukraine, Poland, Slovenia and Georgia. Some of the participants came from disadvantaged backgrounds, including participants with disabilities.

Training methods used & main activities

The methods used during the training were:
- inclusion activities,
- role-playing,
- designing the concept of an educational card games (brainstorming),
- designing (graphics, mechanics of the game) educational games,
- designing educational escape rooms (writing scenarios, designing props, mechanics of the escape room and fitting educational content to the form of escape room),
- workshops about tolerance and analysing myths and legends of different cultures.

Outcomes of the activity

The outcomes of MSOC training were four publications, containing ready-to-use scenarios of how to design escape rooms and games which would teach tolerance and promote the legends and myths of other cultures:

1) https://www.salto-youth.net/downloads/toolbox_tool_download-file-2214/MSOC_toolkit_fern.pdf

2) https://www.salto-youth.net/downloads/toolbox_tool_download-file-2217/The%20Legendary%20Adventures%20of%20John.pdf

3) https://www.salto-youth.net/downloads/toolbox_tool_download-file-2212/MSOC_toolkit_legendary%20journey.pdf

4) https://www.salto-youth.net/downloads/toolbox_tool_download-file-2215/Ukrainian%20Escape%20room.pdf

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the trainer during this activity, the main trainer who, apart from leading sessions, also coordinated the collaboration and coherence of methodologies and content of other co-trainers.

I worked on this training for 8 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

It is quite interesting to work along with Weronika, as she is a very meticulous person and trainer. During the trainings, you are both receiving and giving. She makes sure everyone feels like they have given their best and had their own unique contribution, however, you still feel like others have as good knowledge as you do. Although she might the source of the knowledge, she makes sure individuals receive the information from oneself.
Weronika also, makes sure to include as many disabled and disadvantaged individuals as possible. She creates an environment of understanding and inclusivity. She is one of the few who makes sure to include participants from the Middle East.
It is always fun and encouraging to participate, as it provokes your creativity. You can feel very comfortable expressing yourself and mind, you are always welcome to share new, creative ideas and methods and expect to receive and use some very creative, innovative training methods.
Weronika always delivers high quality content, and she is a compassionate leader, who is flexible and organized, she does not leave anything for chance and thinks on her feet in any given situation.
It is always a pleasure being trained, and co-training with her!

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