Joint Staff Training Event–Bonn

The first transnational training event took place from November 10 to November 14, 2021. The Institute for Sustainable Education and Development (ISEDE) e.V. in Bonn, Germany, served as the training’s host. The training lasted for five days (including 2 travel days). The partners opted to combine the three JSTEs into two JSTE events as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. This event had 19 participants from all of the participating organizations. The training’s major objectives were the exchange of best practices and the social integration of immigrants and refugees. The training was designed to promote inclusiveness and provide project partners’ employees the knowledge and abilities they would need to work with persons from immigrant and refugee backgrounds. This training event’s major goal was to help mentors, leaders, and facilitators build their specialized competencies in a motivating, multinational setting under the direction of skilled trainers and facilitators who were particularly interested in enhancing their skills. The goal of the course was to improve the participants’ ability to mentor, lead, or coach people with fewer opportunities. The training included instructions on how to assist the volunteers in working effectively with the underprivileged population. The employees gained information on how to develop, implement, evaluate, and improve inclusive practices in their own organizations. They also learned how to impart this knowledge to their coworkers who were not present at the session.

Due to the significant migrant and refugee population in Germany, all of the participants really benefited from the host organization’s expertise. As determined by the partner country, useful information and best practices were exchanged. The staff members received training on the issues that make it difficult for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers to integrate into society. The participants completed group tasks as well as individual work, and they had discussions on ways to enhance the procedures already used for the target groups’ social integration. As a reflection activity, the participants also went to the History Museum in Bonn. Later, they had a conversation about how crucial it is to comprehend the effects of war and how crucial it is to ensure that the displaced (refugees and migrants) are welcomed by the host nation and integrated.  This training event’s methodology was centered on non-formal education and experiential learning, in a setting where participants could learn from one another and felt empowered to start their own initiatives in local and European communities. A space was created for the participants to discuss their experiences with one another in order to foster trust and mutual learning. The activity was intended to help participant organizations’ staff members become better equipped to fight xenophobia and prejudice from the outset and aim to integrate immigrants and refugees into local public policy.