Cultural heritage as an innovative tool of creative education: MyHandScraft training of trainers in Palermo

Nov 21, 2019News

With a view to prepare partners’ trainers to deliver the MyHandScraft E-Educational Programme at local level with migrant and local handcrafters, a 6-day international training was arranged and hosted by CESIE in Palermo from 11th to 16th of November 2019.

A total of 8 participants (2 per country) attended the training showing great interest in all sessions and enthusiasm, guided by different facilitators from CESIE.

The training started with a presentation of the results of the research collected in the project state of the art report , recently published in all partner languages, and with a presentation of the week programme. The trainers took part in some ice-breaking activities, and were provided with a notebook where to write their comments and doubts throughout the week.

The training followed with a discussion about the E-Educational Programme and the practical arrangement of the local workshops in each country, and each trainer had the opportunity to present their experience and the relevant experience of their sending organization. Throughout the training, the participants had the chance to make a first-hand experience of the methodologies proposed for the implementation of the local workshops, such as Reciprocal Maieutic Approach, Creative Thinking and critical incidents to overcome cross-cultural conflicts.

As a part of the training programme, the participants also went to visit Giocherenda, a collective of migrant handcrafters which is going to open their business in the upcoming weeks, representing a good practice and a success story in the handicraft field in Palermo.

During the training, the participants were also invited at different stages to provide their inputs on the contents proposed for the E-Educational Programme: the 3 training packages composing the programme will be implemented at local level next year through a series of 13 local workshops involving both migrant and local handcrafters. The topics addressed range from the enhancement of basic skills and key competences for intangible heritage transmission to the facilitation of the exchange of skills related to handicraft between local and migrant handcrafters, and the promotion of handicraft-based entrepreneurial initiatives.

Based on trainers’ active contribution, the consortium is currently working on finalizing the programme in order to start the recruitment of the participants for the local workshops and the arrangement of the upcoming local activities.