This training course was designed to help young educators who wished to develop their knowledge on the principles of intercultural education and teaching in multicultural environments. Participants learned more about alternative teaching methods that relate to modern pedagogy, experienced self-assessment techniques and revealed the connection of stereotypes and prejudices to socially vulnerable groups.
Through the activities of the training course they explored the various inadequacies of current education methods and increased their strengths in the competitive labor market by creating their own innovative solutions. The ultimate goal to be achieved for the participants by the completion of the program was being more well-informed about their profession and feeling more creative and determined, developing strong team spirit, eliminating any feelings of xenophobia and most importantly being able to exploit their capacity as European citizens in an attempt to build a more humanistic education.
The project took place in Patras, Greece from 25 November to 1 December 2014 with the participation of 30 young people from the following countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and United Kingdom.
The activities of the training course, except those who needed us to be outdoors or in the city of Patras, took place in the hotel venue. Participants were working on small groups of 5 or 6 people and trainers ensured the gender balance and the cultural diversity of the groups.
The working method mainly used was the project-based problem solving method, where the participants were given an issue-problem, they worked out on the information given or created their own idea and last they presented the results to the rest.