Course 53 - Sensitisation training regarding migration, everyday racism, discrimination and diversity with strategies for teaching these issues to diverse age groups
Target group are schools and other relevant educational organisations which want their teachers/trainers to be aware and sensitive in relation to stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination and inclusion and to know how to deal with those issues with their students/pupils. Additionally they will be schools and organisations who wish to develop sector leading practice in the areas outlined above and have clear aims and strategies to improve their student’s communication competences and intercultural competences by using well structured and creative cooperative learning methods. The course will also be useful for NGOs or public bodies that would like to offer anti-racist or anti-discrimination training.
Preparation: Participants will be expected to read the course program and pre released reading
• That learners of the educational organisation become open minded, critical and active citizens
• That students/learners of the educational organisation learn to live and work with others and learn to appreciate diversity in general
• That the learners become the centre of learning and that different abilities and competences are strengthened and appreciated
• That teachers/trainers become sensitive about issues such as stereotypes, prejudice, discrimination, exclusion and racism
• That teachers/trainers learn strategies to teach and discuss these issues to different age groups
• That teachers/trainers learn how to create a trusting and safe learning environment
Methodology: The training programme is more practical than theoretical and demands full participation. The main methods will be through cooperative work, various activities, discussions and practical training practises. The lectures will be short and take place between the activities. A key objective is: learning by doing. All participants have to be able to discuss and present activities in English language.
Outcomes: The outcome of the program will be in the form of sensitized teachers/trainers who can actively implement structures and discussions on sensitive matters in a cooperative and non-threatening way. At the end of the course they will have drafted an idea for their own workshop or lesson plan around the topic.
Follow up: On return to their home locations participants will try out the different approaches with their learners and share their experience and material with other participants through e-mail or on an internet platform. The main trainer will also give feedback and counselling if needed after the training session.
The main trainer of the session is sociologist, teacher and teachers trainer Guðrún Pétursdóttir
Guðrún Pétursdóttir finished her Master degree in sociology from the Freie Universität Berlin in year 1990. Besides sociology she also studied intercultural education at the Institut für interkulturelle Erziehung at the same university and later finished the teacher’s qualification at the University of Iceland. For the last 15 years Guðrún has worked in different fields connected with migration issues and teachers training and has since 2003 ran the intercultural centre InterCultural Iceland.
She taught courses at the Teachers University during the years 2003-2005 and at the pedagogical department of the University of Iceland from 2006-2009. She has run Grundtvig/Comenius In-service training courses for teachers and educators since 2004, developed cooperative teaching methods and materials and she is the author of two books: Intercultural education (1999) and Everyone can do something nobody can do everything; a practical handbook for teachers (2003).
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