This 5-day course is for language teachers and support staff working with asylum seekers, migrants and refugees. Participants will develop their knowledge, confidence and skills around cultural diversity and how to better support their learners. The course will explore how to build on learners’ strengths and resilience, what enables recover from multiple traumas and what can help learners with building new lives.
Participants from different countries will share different approaches to promoting lifelong learning, employability skills and empowerment across different countries and systems. The course will enable the development of best practice through sharing and exploring the effectiveness of different theoretical frameworks and approaches and practical tools. There will be workshops from local and national organisations with expertise in the field and a trip to visit and learn about UK organisations working with asylum seekers and refugees.
The learning objectives of the 5-day programme are to consolidate and develop new insights, skills and good practice in working with migrant communities including:
- Ways to support learners’ build on their strengths, skills, resilience and hopes
- Evidenced approaches and good practice in teaching and learning a new language
- Creating an empowering and motivating learning environment
- How to reduce the impact of trauma on learning, enable belonging and enhance self-esteem
- Strategies for developing migrants’ ‘cultural capital’ in their new country
- Developing cultural competence in working with participants from many different countries and systems
- Dimensions of diversity and managing different or conflicting needs
Course dates: Autumn 2020. The programme is designed and delivered by training partners Whitton Harrow Ltd. & The Ubele Initiative
This training programme, Positive Futures, is one of a wide range of projects designed and delivered through a partnership of two organisations: Whitton Harrow Ltd., and The Ubele Initiative. We have worked together since 1997. We successfully delivered the course to participants from 4 European countries last year.
- Whitton Harrow Ltd. (WHL), led by Marietta Harrow, is a small private consultancy organisation offering diversity and inclusion training, leadership coaching, resource design and project management with a team of six facilitators. Marietta has published learning resources on human rights for The Refugee Council and Amnesty International. She also works with young people who are unaccompanied asylum seekers, supporting high aspirations and educational attainment.
- The Ubele Initiative (TUI) www.ubele.org , led by Yvonne Field, is a not-for-profit, Black and minority-led community organisation with a mission to contribute to the sustainability of the African Diaspora community. Yvonne leads a team of 12 highly experienced training facilitators and has created a range of international projects around leading change and empowerment.