The tools that were made available were three forms of artistic expression selected for their ability to express and tell stories: social theater, music “beyond the borders” and expressive photography.
All the participants attended the theater workshop as no knowledge base was required. In addition, in the preparatory phase each participant had chosen whether to participate in the music or photographic workshop, depending on inclinations and interests and training needs as well as the possibilities to replicate the workshop.
There have been open sessions, as good practice sharing workshops where each group of participants had a space where to expose their research results to convey to others the good practices they have dealt with in depth. In the pre-training phase of the project each group will have conducted a research and analysis of the good practices implemented by the sending organization or its country in the field of photography, music or theater as means of social inclusion, but also on different kind of techniques and expressions.
At the end of each day of workshops there have been some checkpoints, a kind of round tables in which there have been moments of reflection on the knowledge and skills acquired in a non-formal context, where participants could express their learning needs and thoughts about the course.
At the end of the entire training session, a plenary session was held in which the Youthpass certifications have been delivered and common strategies for dissemination and replication of activities will be defined. Each group will have chosen one or more workshops to be repeated in the follow-up phase and it will present the choice to the rest of the group.
In addition to the themes of this project, participants had the opportunity to acquire additional knowledge and skills on the opportunities offered by the Erasmus + Program, on intercultural approach and learning, on the good practices applied in different contexts by partners involved.
The training was structured as follows:
– An introduction for the presentation of the project and to highlight the importance of the certification tools such as Youthpass with activities of socialization between participants and ice-breaking activities.
– The training course has been based on the use of three forms of artistic expression for social inclusion activities. Workshops have been selected because they have the potential to be a vehicle for individuals’ expression, especially young people, and at the same time, a mean to tell about themselves.
– Social theater workshop had the opportunity to provide the participants with the tools and techniques that are useful for personal development, presenting past experiences and sharing them with a group supported by acting technique.
– Music workshop, a form of universal expression and therefore capable of “going beyond borders”, aimed to teach participants how to engage young people through the use of music. Indeed, the universal language used tends to break down cultural barriers and allows people to express themselves by composing music or re-interpreting existing songs.
– Expressive photography workshop has been the occasion to convey communicative and relational skills and competencies referring to a kind of art that, although it needs technical equipment, does not require sophisticated instruments when it intends to enhance the expression of personality. Additionally, the workshop focused on sharing different viewpoints to encourage sharing practices by making the most of its own peculiarities.
– Good practices exchange workshop was set out on a one-day program within the course
Each group of participants composed of 4 youth trainers had, during the pre-training phase of the project, conducted a research and analysis of the good practices implemented by the sending organization or in their own country, in the field of photography, music or theater as a means of social inclusion, but the same can also span and include different techniques and expressions.
Each group had a day where it shared the results of their research about the good practices they have been thoroughly engaged in.
At the end of the entire training course, a joint session is planned to gather ideas and focus on the skills and knowledge gained during the course. Each group will present their choice on the laboratory to be repeated in their local context in collaboration with associations and/or organizations dealing with immigrants. Common strategies for dissemination of results will then be defined.
The actual course took place as follows:
- From Saturday 27th May to Tuesday 30th May
- In the morning (10am to 1pm) was dedicated to photography and music workshops (the group of 28 youth workers has been divided into 2 groups of 14);
- The afternoon (from 3pm to 6pm) was dedicated to the theater workshop.
On Wednesday 31st May, the 7 groups presented and shared good practices collected.
On Thursday, June 1st, the 7 groups have presented the results of the course.