The second training, with 27 people, took place in Busteni, Romania from March 3 to 11, 2018.
The main aim of the course was to deepen the intercultural competencies and sensitivity of the participants based on a high extent on the concrete experiences, challenges and learning points from the practice phase.
A secondary aim of the training was to also assess the impact of the practice phase, to exchange methods and approaches tried out by each team, to assess the relevance of the intercultural learning in their local communities (where the workshops where delivered) and to develop new learning activities.
Participants, guided by project trainers, went through a process mainly characterized by the experiential learning principles, with strong emphasis on the practical components, with adequate time dedicated to reflection, feedback, self-assessment, in order to reach and assimilate the learning points that will be adopted and used in their future work.
The topics and issues addressed were related with privileges, race, discrimination, critical perspectives, norms, cultural relativism as well as non-formal education methodology to address these issues and facilitation techniques at advanced level. All the activities were held with a final idea to lead to mutual understanding considering the diversity of cultural and geographical realities involved – European, African, Asian and Latin American – and with the aim of increasing the level of tolerance in our global community.
The methodology applied for this training comes from non-formal education areas and includes various working methods like: case studies, simulations, interactive presentations, interactive exercises, brainstorming, debates, living library, facilitated and guided discussions, shared experiences, movies, fish bowl, role plays, teambuilding exercises, games that stimulate lateral thinking and creativity, experiential learning, working groups, moments dedicated to reflection and self-reflection, evaluation and self-evaluation, techniques to stimulate personal creativity and hidden potential.
The second part of the course was dedicated to the development and testing of new activities in intercultural learning aerea and to the development of practical skills in facilitation of non-formal education sessions. In this stage participants were divided in groups and have created new activities in all their aspects. They then tested these activities with the whole group, facilitating sessions and receiving feedback from participants and project trainers. The topics covered were: hipersexualization, gender stereotypes, migrants and privileges. This part of the program was also important for improving abilities, practice the facilitator role at advanced level, practice with new techniques in non formal education area, get and offer constructive feedback and prepare the multipliers for the second practice phase, which will be carried out in their own country.