The event took part in Rome, between 10-15 June 2019. It aimed not only to improve participants’ knowledge and develop their abilities needed for working with autobiographical method in general and for using this method on migrants and minorities in particular, but also to test, at transnational level, the first intellectual output, the ”Training kit for adult educators”.
The main objectives of the transnational activity were:
sharing the project aims, knowledges and methodologies;
enhancing the competences of participants about autobiographical methodologies;
supporting the application of these methodologies in the working contexts of each participant.
It involved 20 participants – 4 persons from each partner organisation (14 women and 6 men, aged between 24 and 58, all of them active in adults education and with experience in working with migrants or minorities – or both).
The training focused on deepening specific methodologies: autobiographical path, digital storytelling, participatory video and collective video and how these methods could be used in supporting social inclusion of migrants and minority groups (particularly low-skilled/qualified ones) by improving their self-esteem, diminish their “minority stress”, develop their key competencies related to communication (verbal and written), social and civic competencies and ITC.
So the learning objectives were focused on facilitating and mentoring skills
The methodology applied (see the Agenda) were structured in three main strands:
- Transfer of information – for increasing participants’ knowledge the teaching process adopted a multidisciplinary approach combining in a pleasant way theoretical presentations and practical activities. The technical information were communicated in dynamic interactive sessions (based on multimedia presentations, case studies, movies etc) alternated with exercises (in working groups), brainstorming sessions, debates, site visits and other activities that fully involved all participants.
- Practical non-formal activities – for improving participants’ abilities and skills described above – exercises, role plays, games, visual arts, site visits etc. The mutual exchange of information, good (or worse) practices, success (or not) stories, different experiences had also an important contribution to achieve the learning objectives.
- Testing the results – for evaluate and confirm the learning outcomes.