Migration is not a new phenomenon, but it is getting more relevant in our lives. Integration and multiculturalism are one of the most important elements for creating a diverse and open society. If we want to live in multi-cultural societies, it is important to teach our children how to be open-minded, tolerant and how to accept diversity. Kindergartens and schools need to cooperate in two different processes in integrating immigrant children into educational system and society and in ensuring intercultural environment to successfully run the educational process in globalised environment. Ensuring safe and encouraging multi-cultural environment is crucial for all children to develop their potentials. Strengthening values of multiculturalism and diversity can meaningfully contribute to personal development of all children (not only immigrant), their parents and teachers.
The course will equip participants with knowledge and skills for creating a multi-cultural environment in their organisations. Participants will learn how to understand different cultures and how to change stereotypes. Course will emphasize the role of teachers and their institutions in encouraging multi-cultural educational environment. Participants will get familiar with programme for successful integration of immigrant children into school system. In case of variety of participants, comming from countries with successful models of intercultural approaches and immigrant integration, we will provide an opportunity to present and exchange good practices.
The seminar is designed for kindergarten, preschool and primary school teachers and other professionals who work with children and immigrant children. The course is based on a programme that is mostly relevant for teachers who teach pupils between 6 and 15 years of age. Parts of the course content are also relevant for teachers who teach students between 15 and 18 years of age.
– Understanding the integration, inclusion and importance concepts in intercultural education.
– Understanding culture – how it defines us?
– Experiential workshop: understanding the perspective of others in communication.
– Tools and exercises for integration of immigrant children into educational activities at the level of classroom and school.
– Cooperation between teachers and local community (NGOs, institutions, associations…) in strengthening children’s talents and potentials.
– Presentation of guidelines for integration of immigrant children.
– Responding to the needs of immigrant children and providing help and support to them and their families.
– Presentation of “The successful integration of immigrant children” programme.
– Providing supportive and multi-cultural school environment for all students.
– Discussing possibilities for future cooperation among participants.
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- 18. 08. – 24. 08.
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Useful information about Multiculturalism course
Multiculturalism course informs participants how to contribute to the successful integration process of immigrant children into educational system and how to take active part in creating multicultural educational environment. Some of the acquired competencies in the course are:
- Understanding the perspective of immigrant children in new environment.
- Understanding the emotional and psychological distress of immigrant children.
- Recognising and understanding own cultural patterns, prejudices and stereotypes.
- Ability to better understand the communication and social barriers in the process of integration.
- Raising competencies to develop and implement activities for encouraging multi-cultural environment in classrooms and schools.
- Ability to actively establish and maintain multi-cultural atmosphere in the classroom.
- Learn how to effectively manage conflicts based on multiculturalism between children.
- Empowering teachers & counsellors for developing multiculturalism in their classrooms and schools.
- Learn how to establish fruitful cooperation with parents of immigrant children and other institutions in the local environment.
- Transfer of best practice: Experience with integration of immigrant children and developing multi-cultural environment.
Integration and multiculturalism are vital components of ensuring healthy, safe and diverse environment for every individual. It is important to work with all children and teach them the importance of being non-judgemental, embracing diversity and encouraging multiculturalism. The course offers ideas and propositions how to shape multi-cultural micro-environments and take active part in the process of successful integration of immigrant children in educational system and local society. You can apply newly acquired knowledge in the following areas:
- Integration of gained knowledge and skills in everyday work with children.
- Implementing activities that encourage multiculturalism and integration in the classroom and school projects.
- Designing strategy for becoming truly multi-cultural kindergarten/school.
- Implementing new activities and initiatives for working with immigrant children and providing them adequate support.
- Implementing new initiatives for cooperation with other institutions and local communities in the field.
- Personal and professional development of teachers, counsellors and other professional workers who work with immigrant children.
- Meeting colleagues of different nationalities and building fruitful networks for further collaboration.
Meet the trainers
Ivana Majcen is a primary school teacher and doctoral candidate at the Faculty of education in Ljubljana. Since she herself has a migrant experience, she was interested to help children who are entering Slovenian school. As a student she was involved in projects working with children who are coming from different cultural and language environment, so she worked as a teacher in Roma village and asylum seeker house – helping children with home works and did some social learning. This encouraged her to continue improving in her work, so she spent one semester in Sweden working in schools and conducting a research on comparison of Slovenian and Swedish intercultural education. For her work she received an University award. Since then she is working on different projects connected with intercultural pedagogy and education. In 2013 she wrote a handbook for teachers, named Intercultural? Yes!, has been working together with ISA institute at the »Developing intercultural environment as a new form of co-existance« project and lately for the project »We are all migrants« that was recognising immigrants living in Slovenia as a contribution to our society. She has traveled a lot and been recognising different practices in different countries. She published few articles describing her work in practice or some research results she collected in Slovenia.