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TC Culturally approved! Relational and sexual education by youth workers

The training activity took place
in Safi, Morocco
organised by Swira
1 - 6 March 2015

Aims & objectives

The aim: sharing ideas and methods around relational and sexual education with Moroccan youth.

- Participants gain a clear understanding of the different contexts, legal frameworks and educational approaches regarding relational and sexual education (RSE) in Belgium and Morocco;
- Participants learn to overcome prejudices, to identify stereotypes and taboos and talk about it with young people;
- Participants learn new methods, techniques and skills to work with young people around RSE;
- Participants gain more insight in the influence of culture and religion on relational and sexual education;
- Participants learn about the possibilities of the new Erasmus + program and other support;
- Participants develop concrete action plans and create partnerships for future projects.

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

Group: 8 participants from Morocco and 8 from Belgium

Team: 2 Moroccan and 2 Belgian trainers

Training methods used & main activities

During the six-day international training participants get an insight into the culture of others with regard to relationships and sexuality and their own trainer attitude within an intercultural group through methods of non-formal learning principles. First two days: introduction games, teambuilding, NGO market, intercultural learning linked to relations and sexuality, legal frameworks and contexts and tabous and myths and round table with Moroccan experts. During the second phase, we explored the different approaches and methods regarding RSE in the two countries and reflected on our own competences as a RSE trainer. During the last part, the participants are divided in small, mixed groups and develop RSE workshops and methods and try them out with the other participants. During the last day, they work on personal action plans and partnerships.

Outcomes of the activity

The training provided an answer for the need of Flemish organizations to maintain a culture-specific approach to RSV with migrant youth. It motivated more Moroccan organizations to take an active role in the relational and sexual education of the youth of Essaouira.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

The creation of the concept of the training, preparation, implementation (as one of 4 trainers) and evaluation/follow-up activities. As this training was a new concept, most of the methods used for it we created ourselves.

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

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