Non-formal methodologies and approaches: how to foster multicultural dialogue in primary education
Cultural competences and sensitivity are essential for teachers, educators, professionals working in intercultural environments and with migrant children with different backgrounds, experiences, cultures, beliefs and understandings.
This training module will be focused on raising awareness on diversity by challenging teachers and school staff beliefs and understanding of other cultures. They will be trained on how to support children with different cultural backgrounds and counteracting the rise of misunderstanding and intolerance by favouring intercultural dialogue in class.
Provide indicative time of module completion: around 12 hours
- Use non-formal methodologies and approaches to raise awareness of cultural difference and to promote intercultural dialogue
- Teach students to appreciate differences between persons and recognize and value everyone’s ability
- Support the development of students’ communication, social and personal skills
- Know how to make the learners act as a part of one group where everyone can express freely his/her opinion
- Know more about other cultures and being more aware of intercultural differences and how to manage them in a school context
- Tasks 5
- Quizzes 0
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 7
- Assessments Yes
Unit 1: The role of Non-Formal Education for the promotion of intercultural awareness
Teachers will gain new knowledge on non-formal education approaches and how they can be used in class to promote intercultural awareness and dialogue in their students. They will be provided with inputs for the development of activities and tools that can support them in their teaching and that can be used in addition to the traditional teaching methodologies.
Unit 2: Cultural shocks and how to deal with multicultural environments
Teachers will be provided with examples of “cultural shocks” that might arise during their work and how to deal with diversity within the class. This session will allow them to learn how to manage conflicts between teachers and among students.
Unit 3: Self-awareness on cultural diversity
This session will be aimed at challenging teachers’ beliefs and understanding. It will be a first crucial step in order to be able to transmit intercultural competences and learning to their students and the children they work with.
Unit 4: Foster mutual understanding and cultural sensitivity
Intercultural competence is the ability to know and accept opinions, values, perceptions, traditions and habits linked to the origins, religion and ethnicity of each person. In this fourth unit, teachers will be involved in activities aimed at fostering mutual understanding and cultural sensitivity.
Unit 5: Insights on the main migrant communities at local level and overview on their main cultural traits
Teachers will receive an overview on the migration phenomenon in Italy, with a focus on Sicily. They will be involved in activities to further explore cultural traits of migrants’ communities.