Conceptual design of the workshops

The con­cep­tual design of the work­shops was deve­lo­ped by a team of tra­iners of the Euro­pean Youth in Action Pro­gram (http://www.mlodziez.org.pl) and of the German-Polish Youth Office DPJW (http://dpjw.org).The team con­si­sts of expe­rien­ced inter­cul­tu­ral tra­iners, coaches and psy­cho­lo­gi­sts, who have wor­ked in this field for many years with youths from Poland and other coun­tries and as well have per­so­nal expe­rience in living and wor­king in a dif­fe­rent cul­ture. The con­cep­tual design of work­shops is the result of long-term expe­rience of our team mem­bers in orga­ni­zing tra­ining cour­ses as well as an ana­ly­sis of the newest trends in for­mal and non-formal edu­ca­tion. Fur­ther­more docu­ments of the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion con­cer­ning stra­te­gies for Euro­pean deve­lop­ment had a strong impact.

Mię­dzy Innymi” is at the same time the first inno­va­tive pro­ject in Poland joining pre­re­qu­isi­tes, appro­aches and metho­do­logy of non-formal and for­mal edu­ca­tion and at the same time the first joint ini­tia­tive put into effect by the lar­gest and most expe­rien­ced insti­tu­tions in Poland sup­por­ting inter­cul­tu­ral pro­jects: The Foun­da­tion for Deve­lop­ment of the Edu­ca­tio­nal Sys­tem and the Ger­man Polish Youth Office.

Basic goals of the workshops:

  • Deve­lop­ment of inter­cul­tu­ral com­pe­ten­ces for stu­dents, under­stood as:
    • Know­ledge con­cer­ning cul­tu­ral dif­fe­ren­ces and their effect on behaviour
    • Abi­lity of esta­bli­shing and buil­ding posi­tive inter­cul­tu­ral contacts
    • Tole­rant atti­tude towards diver­sity and curio­sity for disco­ve­ring new things.
  • Pre­pa­ra­tion of stu­dents of peda­gogy and stu­dents of rela­ted stu­dies for a role as mul­ti­pli­ca­tors. They sho­uld be ena­bled to hand on know­ledge and atti­tu­des in the field of inter­cul­tu­ral edu­ca­tion to dif­fe­rent age gro­ups. Fur­ther­more they sho­uld be pre­pa­red for a role as leader in inter­na­tio­nal youth exchange.

Pro­file of par­ti­ci­pants: per­sons, who in future are going to work with chil­dren and youths — stu­dents of peda­go­gy and edu­ca­tion, future teachers, stu­dents of cul­tu­ral scien­ces and edu­ca­tio­nal assistance/ resocialization.

The work­shop struc­ture con­si­sts of modu­les, which allow com­po­sing and adap­ting the work­shop pro­gramme to the needs and inte­re­sts of the stu­dents. It con­si­sts of a basic module lasting 8 hours and repre­sen­ting the basis for fur­ther work­shops. Various advan­ced modu­les extend and deepen know­ledge of aspects and questions con­nec­ted to inter­cul­tu­ral education.