SOCIAL SKILLS IN SCHOOL: ENCOURAGING ACTIVICE CITIZENSHIP, INTEGRATION AND EMPLOYABILITY


Workshop Objectives:

This course is intended for teachers and school managers. This course is primarily for teachers who work with and seek to work with multicultural students from multicultural backgrounds with a focus on making them better equipped to provide students with knowledge of employment opportunities, being active citizens within domestic and European formats and taking part in socio-political rights.
It is in line with the main priorities that are particularly dear to the EU and deals with topics that are of great importance nowadays all across Europe: active citizenship, integration and employability.
Europe is becoming more and more multicultural. From big cities to small villages, all countries are experiencing this anthropological change in the composition of their societies. It is therefore important for both natives of a specific territory and those who move into a new area to learn to live together in harmony, to know what are their rights as citizens, and to know how they can thrive in that society.
This course is especially directed at teachers and school heads of departments, and gives them a specific preparation on how to deal with these topics directly in the classroom, creating awareness in students from an early age.
The United Kingdom is at the forefront when it comes to these topics. London, in particular, is a multicultural society where there are people from all over the world living together and mixing with each other. Schools represent places where this mixture can be seen the most. This is why it is important to create awareness in students.

PROGRAMME

Day 1: Welcome + Working with ‘others’ involves what?

Welcome and introduction. Overview of the programme. Understanding the background of each participant.
Presentation and discussion about mono-culturalisms within multicultural environments: What are some of the key issues that ethnic-minority migrant students face on a daily basis within the classroom. What prejudices do we walk into and what prejudices do we have when entering into a classroom?
What are some of the group dynamics within social groups and barriers to communication between different social groups: prejudices; ideology, counterproductive norms, theology and solutions.
Case study: burning issues in each student’s social groups and classrooms.

Day 2: Concepts of Active Citizenship

What makes a good citizen? On this day; we will venture through the various and referenced concepts of active and unactive citizens. How do we motivate and sustain active groups?
Case study: selection of a burning issue from those presented by participants on the first day and group discussion

Day 3: Understanding Cultural Differences in a multicultural classroom

What are some of the impacts migration has had on social cohesion and integration. What opportunities arise out of these issues and what challenges take place?
Integration and cohesion: understanding the context.
A multicultural class. What to expect and how to prepare.
Workshop: simulation of a multicultural class environment. Exchange of ideas .

Day 4: Challenges after Graduation or leaving college

What happens to those who have graduated from their vocational courses and/or decide not to go to university? What next?
– Here we highlight not only the challenges of seeking a job but also successful methods of working in cooperation with the job centres and local authorities
– Also opportunity to visit a job centre

Day 5: Recap, Conclusion and Q&A

Discussion about the main concepts learned during the course
Evaluation and feedback conclusions.

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