Thursday, June 17, 2021

Training Teachers from Demonstration Schools to Implement Bilingual Multicultural Workshops

Offering new methodology for conducting bilingual workshops with students with different languages of instruction, three- daytraining assembled 26 teachers from the Demonstration Schools to develop and enhance the skills, when implementing multicultural workshops in schools.

The training took place between 4 and 15 December 2012 in Skopje and was conducted by the trainers from the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR).

The first part of the training enabled the participants to get acquainted with the concept of multiculturalism and its implication in a societal and school context. The contact hypothesis i.e. the need for regular contacts between the students with different languages of instruction and its effects in the school context, was discussed in details as a fundamental prerequisite for establishing interethnic integration in the education. The teachers also took part in two simulated bilingual workshops[1], accompanied with discussion and presentation on the specifics of the model of conducting bilingual workshops and their benefits.

At the second part of the training, seven groups performed simulation workshops with the other teachers in the role of students. Each simulation workshop was followed with a process of giving feedback; first the implementers, then the other participants, and team of trainers were giving their insights on what was good in the workshop and what could be done better. This process helped the participants in becoming more sensitive about the multicultural workshops and the way they are performed. It served the purpose of empowering the participants with tips and tricks on how to be more successful in bilingual implementation of the workshops. At the very end of the training the participants were given guidelines on how to form groups, how to plan activities and how to report on the implemented activities.

All the groups, in each Demonstration school, are expected to implement multicultural workshops in the second half of the school year.

[1] The workshops were created by the CHRCR team under the UNICEF program Child Friendly Schools