In June, members of Eurocircle’s Innovation and Development team travelled to Palermo for the second meeting of the project DICE (Diversity, Integration, Citizenship and Empowerment). DICE is a two year Erasmus+ strategic partnership project, coordinated by Eurocircle, which brings together five partner organisations from France (Eurocircle), Italy (CESIE), Cyprus (Mediterranean Management Centre), the Netherlands (International Debate Education Association), and Poland (Danmar Computers), to create training resources for professionals working with newcomers in Europe. The project’s three main outputs are: the creation of a training handbook on the topics of intercultural awareness, discrimination, approaches to working with newcomers and empowering professionals to speak up and defend rights, with guidance on how to deliver non-formal trainings on these topics to groups of professionals; an online training on the same topics freely accessible to individuals, with a focus on learning by self-reflection; and a guidebook on tools to validate and acknowledge the skills and competences of newcomers.
Representatives from each of the partner organisations came together in the beautiful city of Palermo for five days of intensive discussion and development of the content of the training modules, which make up the written training handbook. During the meetings, each partner presented aspects of the training material that they had written and they tested out their activities on the group. Each presentation and test was followed by animated discussions and the sharing of experience from different local contexts and professional backgrounds, including debate education, refugee integration, non-formal education, humanitarian assistance in displacement settings, and legal advice. Eurocircle also introduced the group to three tools which professionals can integrate into their practice to enable newcomers to recognise their skills and their learning progress in different areas. All of the partners will now get to work incorporating the rich feedback and material generated from these sessions into the training modules, before our next transnational meeting in Poland in in December 2019. This will be hosted by our Polish partner Danmar Computers, who is specialised in creating e-learning platforms for European projects, and will focus on transforming the training material into an effective online training.
To be continued!
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