This is a reference for Zsiday Kriszta

Value the Difference - Mediation

The training activity took place
in Pécs, Hungary
organised by SALTO Cultural Diversity RC & Hungarian National Agency
Reference person

Henk Persyn

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Aims & objectives

Overall aim of the training course
To reflect, explore and learn more about the field of Cultural Diversity in European youth work
• To Reflect critically about personal and cultural identity
• To develop intercultural skills and competences related to international youth projects
• To gain a greater understanding of cultural diversity in different local and national
• To gain awareness of Cultural diversity in today’s Europe by learning about the wider
geographical and historical perspectives
• To explore ways in which participants can generate (foster/create etc) a more tolerant
• To better understand concepts which related to of the themes/topics of CD
(stereotyping, prejudice, manipulation of culture etc)
• To get inspired to carry out future international youth projects through YiA programme
and other resource possibilities

The 25 participant came from 22 program and South East Europe countries. To have a diverse group by age, culture and experience was aimed and reached. The team of 4 was also diverse, we came from Belgian-Slovenian, French-English, Hungarian-Serbian background.
The methods were non-formal learning based, providing input for different learning styles and needs.
The outcomes were developed awareness on cultural diversity, the role and use of mediation, skills and knowledge concerning youth work with culturally diverse groups and experience with local, Hungarian youth work and Roma minority groups.
I was one of the 2 trainers running this training based on the programme of Salto. I gave inputs mainly on intercultural learning, mediation and change management and problem solving.

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

The group consisted of 20 participants from Belgium Flanders, Denmark, the
Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Italy, F.Y.R.O.M.,
Croatia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Liechtenstein and Hungary
There was 8 male and 12 female. Ages varied from 19 to 60 years old. They
were coming from different backgrounds but generally participants were
professional youth workers, many of them working with inclusion groups.
Team: 2 trainers (Belgium/Slovenia and Hungary). Marina Gautier was representing SALTO Cultural Diversity resource centre
and László Milutinovits represented the Hungarian National Agency.

Training methods used & main activities

We used various non-formal educational activities. I worked through drama, movement and visual activities to raise questions, debate or share experiences. We sent for visiting local organisations what I helped to organise and facilitate. Activities which can be found on SALTO were also used by me such as Barnga/Five tricks, simulations or evaluation activities.

Outcomes of the activity

Participants rated:
- their knowledge of the Youth in Action programme
- their awareness of their culture being related to others’ cultures
- their knowledge in getting young people involved in activities
- their knowledge of new approaches to include young people with fewer
- their feeling of being a European citizen
The group’s progressed on all aspects especially concerning the knowledge of
the Youth in Action programme and the feeling of being a European citizen.
Inclusion was highly rated by participants which shows the big steps and
understanding they made during the course.
The participants were quite clear in their willingness to develop future projects
after the training course. Although there was not really given special attention 13
during the program, the fundaments for future cooperation were developed
spontaneously, due to the strong cohesion and respect among the participants.
After a year of the training I know that the training resulted in new projects for the target groups organised by the participants, of which most is about mediation and inclusion.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

My role as a trainer was: to deliver and facilitate debates on mediation and intercultural dialogue in English, to give input on mediation and set it within the intercultural challenges participants face. I used non-formal learning based methods for introducing and debating on cultural diversity.

I worked on this training for 4 days as a full time trainer.

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