Dates of the project: January 2014
Financed and Supported by: National Agency for European Educational Programmes and Mobility – www.na.org.mk, Grundtvig programme of the EU
This project implemented in the frame of Grundtvig programme for adult learners, took place in the medieval city of Perugia in central Italy during the last month. It is a fruit of collaboration between CID as a sending organization and the association Informastranieri of Perugia, part of the Consulta per l’immigrazione assisted by the other partner organizations: Key and key communications and Donne dell’Est. The project gathered 14 people coming from different parts of the world (Austria, Belarus, Cameroon, Djibouti, Gabon, Germany, Italy, Ivory Coast, Peru, Togo, USA, ecc), but who reside in Italy and have the status of migrant. The Visit included five interactive workshops which methodology faces the problem with migrants’ identity combining two different, but complementary approaches: ICL interactive exercises and autobiography writing.
The main aim of the workshops were to help the participants to revalue their personal experience and integrate better in the host country through experiencing a group as a comfortable place, developing their intercultural competence, motivating them applied skills and knowledge, strengthening the capacity of self – reflection and ability to listen actively to self and others, exploring the multiple aspects of their identity and acquiring consciousness of proper life story and revaluing their experience. The workshops were conducted by CID member, Jovana Karanikikj, and supervised by prof. Gabriella B. Klein, professor at University of Perugia. The workshops were divided into five thematic sessions: Concept of culture, Cultural identity and diversity, Disidentification, Memory recall and Transforming ideas into text.
For the majority of the participants it was the first time to be involved in non-formal education activities, which they found very useful and interesting. The participants found the project very useful for their personal development and inspiring for their and professional life. It was new experience for the trainer as well, since it was the first time to apply the autobiography writing method in her work. According to the trainer, the methodology has been proven to be very functional regarding the issues of the project and the workshops have met its objectives. Part of the last workshop was dedicated to the opportunities offered by the new Erasmus + programme and ideas for further cooperation between the two organizations have been draft out.