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I Semana Internacional

“Intercultural perspectives and social and educational intervention: current challenges.”

16, 17 e 18 de abril | ESEPF

O Departamento de Formação em Educação Social organiza, nos próximos dias 16, 17 e 18, a primeira Semana Internacional, subordinada ao tema:
“Intercultural perspectives and social and educational intervention: current challenges.”
Comissão organizadora: Florbela Samagaio, Gabriela Trevisan, José Luís Gonçalves, Miguel Prata Gomes
Escolas parceiras:
Avans Hogeschool – Nederlands
Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg – Germany

The department of Social Education organizes the first International week, on the 16th, 17th and 18th April 2018. The main theme is:
“Intercultural perspectives and social and educational intervention: current challenges.”
Organisation team: Florbela Samagaio, Gabriela Trevisan, José Luís Gonçalves, Miguel Prata Gomes
Participant partners:
Avans Hogeschool – Nederlands
Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg – Germany

April 2018

Monday, 16th

Tuesday, 17th

Wednesday, 18th

11 a.m.
Meeting with students

Arrival of participants at Porto



12.30 a.m.




2.30 p.m

Reception of participants

Intercultural Dynamics and social intervention.
Ricardo Vieira (ESE Leiria) and
Miguel Prata Gomes (ESEPF)

Field visit
Centro Comunitário São Cirilo
(São Cirilo Community Centre)

Field visit to SEIVA – Associação ao Serviço da Vida



Workshop 1 – “Communication Skills and social intervention”. Angele Geerts (Avans Hogeschool)
During this workshop students will experience several exercises regarding communication skills and how to use the communication itself as an intervention. Communication methodology as a social intervention is trained. The methodologies that will be trained are: Motivational interviewing and transactional analysis. And students will learn communication strategies, as mediation, story-telling or narrative approach, that can help them with their (awareness of) communication, the communication of the client and attitudinal to understand and be able to indicate the communication between both and working to behavioral change. The intercultural perspective will be included in these exercises.

Workshop 2 – “Ethics and social and educational intervention”. José Luis Gonçalves (ESEPF) and Fred Bono (Avans Hogeshcool)
In an increasingly complex world, social work professions are called to build life projects with groups living in vulnerable situations. In these contexts, social work profession are often faced with difficult ethical situations in their daily professions, where decisions affect their groups and their lives. In this workshop ethics in social intervention are discussed from a practical point of view, where decisions are often hard to make.

Workshop 3 – “Ubuntu Project – social innovation, intercultural skills and leadership” Sofia Alves e Francisca Teixeira
This workshop, sponsored by IPAV, aims to introduce the program “Pontes Ubuntu” and its projects, with special emphasis on the Ubuntu Leadership Academy, a project to empower young people with a leadership spirit, recognized by the European Commission as an example of good practice across Europe. The common thread for all Ubuntu Bridges projects is the Ubuntu method, which derives from the concept "I am because you are / I can only be Person through other people", as the most common definition of the term Ubuntu. This method incorporates five main dimensions with different non-formal education tools: self-knowledge, self-confidence, resilience, empathy and service. These dimensions constitute an "ethics of care" - caring for oneself, others, the community, nature, the planet - that should inspire everyone.

Workshop 4 – “Working with life autonomy projects of young people at risk”. Florbela Samagaio and Gabriela Trevisan (ESEPF)
As young people living in residential care draw their life projects, autonomisation is becoming one of the most common options, as they reach 21. Institutions and technical staff work with young people on these projects, expecting them to succeed, once they are on their own. What challenges can we find in the drawing of these projects? Which dimensions should be thought to prepare young people to leave residential care? This workshop will discuss different dimensions of autonomisation processes, from different field practices experiences.

Workshop 5 – "Migrants in academia - Experiences, challenges and gains in promoting diversity and access to higher education." Gesa Köbberling (Evangelische Hochschule Freiburg)
Many of the asylum seekers and migrants in Germany are university students looking to continue their studies. When in 2015 the number of asylum seekers arriving in Germany suddenly swelled, many universities recognized that there would be a need to facilitate access for refugees. So did the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg and started a program to boost access to higher education for refugees who are interested in studying social work or education. The presence of this new student-group gave a new impact also on the broader issue of migration in higher education and diversity in learning environments. The workshop provides a short insight into the efforts and experiences Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg made. Together we will discuss experiences with teaching and learning in diversity; motivations of migrants to study social work or education; motivations of universities to support migrant students; hurdles and obstacles for migrants in higher education; strategies and practical ideas to face these challenges.


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