Southern Regional College
Vocational or technical secondary school
Kitchen Hill, Lurgan – Newry
The project’s ultimate objective was to engage staff and learners involved in adult education on a core level so as to better understand how to provide both language and cultural support to members of minority ethnic migrant communities in the four partners’ host countries: Finland, Italy, Northern Ireland (UK) and Scotland (UK). In a series of transnational and regional educational mobilities in which learners – who were involved at every stage of the project - and staff engaged in meetings, workshops and seminars and worked on and addressed such issues as the educational needs of migrant learners as well as how to increase the linguistic skills, the confidence, the life skills and to create pathways for minority ethnic communities to improve their knowledge and competencies so they integrate more fully into their host county. As a legacy of the project both staff and learners staff and learners from each partner organisation were able to improve their knowledge, develop working relationships within the partnership, learn skills and approaches to learning from each other and shared different approaches that exist in each of the partner organisations on how to best provide language and intercultural support to Ethnic Minority Communities. Embedded in this was a view to seeking an increased cultural awareness and encouragement of staff/teachers to expand their knowledge and to develop fresh approaches to the field of work. Other outcomes of this project were to build long lasting relationships with our partners and to share good practice. The project ultimately changed not only the working practices of each organisation, by introducing new ways of working and supporting minority ethnic communities, but the learners themselves; the learners involved were much more acutely aware of their own learning process and others available to them and the experiences was, as one learner put it, “life changing”.
Students, Trainees, Adult learners, Teachers, Trainers, Educators