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Seminar on Effective Education

The Institute for African Studies, in co-operation with partners from the UK, Malta and Romania, organised a three-day educational programme on effective education for people working with vulnerable persons. Close to 60 participants from various Slovenian organisations and institutions attended the programme, which was targeted at social workers whose work requires them to engage directly with vulnerable groups and individuals.

The seminar focused on identifying and providing assistance to migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking or psychological and physical violence, and other categories of vulnerable groups and individuals.

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The international team of trainers and instructors, sourced from ECPAT UK, CCIF Malta and Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania, are experts on the subject matter with many years of experience in research, training, migration, prevention of human trafficking, youth work, psychotherapy, awareness raising and effective policy and legal development.

The seminar covered the following topics:

  • Migration & Integration
  • understanding the modern context of migration and refugee status
  • effective methods for dealing with diversity and integration as a two-way process
  • the roles, functions and responsibilities of social workers in handling and integrating vulnerable groups, victims of human trafficking and victims of psychological and physical violence
  • recognising and identifying exploitation of vulnerable groups and individuals and best preventive practices
  • developing efficient working relationships with vulnerable groups and individuals
  • recognising and championing the interests of vulnerable groups and individuals
  • Slovenian and EU legal frameworks for working with and helping vulnerable groups and victims of exploitation

The programme included exhaustive workshops, best practices and effective implementation methods designed to enable the participants to use the acquired skills independently and to best effect. A handbook, “Effective Education for Working with Vulnerable Groups,” a mobile application and an online course on the subject matter were also made available to the participants.

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The participants were able to choose specific difficulty levels that best suited their needs. Workshops on different topics were designed to take into consideration the participants’ preferences, prior knowledge and experience

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT UK)

ECPAT is the UK’s leading children’s rights organisation working to protect children from child trafficking and transnational child exploitation and lobbying for child protection laws and policies. ECPAT runs day centres for women and children, organises youth programmes, raises awareness about human trafficking and advocates against discrimination and all forms of social inequality and violence.

Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj Napoca, Romania

The Department for Special Pedagogy at Babeș-Bolyai University’s Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences conducts research on child development and psychology, effective and timely intervention for various types trauma, speech therapy and optimisation of educational and rehabilitation programmes for people with special needs.

Cross Culture International Foundation, Malta

CCIF is a not-for-profit NGO whose aim is to enhance international understanding and friendship through education, networking, volunteering, youth exchange and cultural programmes. CCIF is dedicated to enhancing cross-cultural communication within each community and across communities and nations, and to build cultural and artistic expressions as a means of promoting solidarity and social cohesion.

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Hana Alhady

Hana Alhady is a Project Co-ordinator at the Institute for African Studies and an invaluable member of our team.

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