International seminar “Autobiography and other best practices in social inclusion by non-formal education at the level of low skilled/low qualified adults”
The event gathered 57 participants: experts in adults’ education (trainers, lecturers, researchers, psychologists etc.), public officials (public officers, local and governmental chief departments etc.) and decision makers (mayors, local and regional councillors, parliamentarians) – 37 from Romania and 20 from abroad.
The objectives of the seminar were:
- inform participants about the whole project development and present the intellectual outputs
- aware participants on the importance of social inclusion of low skilled/qualified adults (particularly from migrants/minorities) and on the helpfulness of autobiographical method in this undertaking
- identify possible follow-up activities at international level
The agenda included 4 sessions as follows
- welcome speech from project team and representatives from Valcea County
- presentation of the state of art related to low skilled/qualified adults, migrants and minorities in each partner country (we presented short drafts of the materials developed by each partner for their national multiplying event)
- presentation of the project, activities, partners
- presentation of the intellectual outputs, Q&A session;
- best practices in using autobiographical method (connected with other non-formal educational tools like digital storytelling, photography, drama and music, radio etc.) in adults’ education/lifelong learning and social inclusion
- “world cafe” – identifying possible learning/training programs and other activities where the project outputs could be used in adults’ education/lifelong learning and social inclusion
Processing the evaluation questionnaire we concluded that all of them appreciated the events in terms of content – al participants gave scores ”excellent” or ”very good”. Also all participants agree that the stories of migrants and minorities represents important life lessons for anyone and could be used as a tool for diminish racism and xenophobia and also for increasing inclusion of these groups.