The recently concluded week has been a very hectic and inspiring one for many European adult education professionals participating in a “training the trainers” event deeply featured by an inclusive perspective.
The exchange of good practices in the field of migrants’ integration has played a crucial role during the whole week’s flow, organized and hosted by the Italian Centre for Permanent Learning (CIAPE), from 15th to 19th May 2017 in Rome, and bringing together twenty-four participants from four EU countries (Italy, Poland, Spain, UK).
First learning rendez-vous foreseen in the framework of the Innovative Methods of Adult Education for the Future of Europe project since its late-2016 launch, co-funded under the Erasmus+ programme, the project aims at contributing to tackle today’s migration crisis currently faced by the European Union, through the use of innovative adult-friendly learning methodologies.
The participants had the opportunity to take part in a number of learning courses, study visits, lectures and interactive workshops which gave them both a theoretical and practical insight into the specifically investigated field.
Opened by a preliminary, interactive ice breaking session held on Sunday evening, followed by a warmly welcomed World fair aperitif which allowed the participants to taste a number of yummy food specialties from their respective countries of origin, the week started with a high level of expectations and enthusiasm.
No betrayal hence: the varied but structured training programme allowed the group to approach basic e-learning skills towards the design and implementation of tailored learning objects; to learn more about the work carried out by research and cultural institutes, such as the Luigi Sturzo Foundation, towards the promotion of knowledge and trainings on relevant sociological, political and economic issues; to discover how the Italian reception system works, together with a number of successful examples of sustainable integration projects carried out by the social cooperative Programma Integra; to observe the work for integration actually in action during the study visit at the youth centre MaTeMù; and to get even closer to migrants’ individual stories thanks to a “taste” of their real life at that special place which is Altrove restaurant.
A number of key elements made the past week a real success: the fruitful sharing of innovative best practices among EU peers; the interactive and adult-friendly format of the training sessions and lectures; the opportunity to have real interactions with the target group; the high level profile of trainers…
… and of course, enough free time to enjoy the touristic attraction of the Eternal City.
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