Intercultural learning educational activities for successful integration of minorities in community

It is very important to find a way for empowering young adults through intercultural learning educational activities for successful integration of minorities in community.

Intercultural competencies are those knowledge, skills and attitudes that comprise a person's ability to get along with, work and learn with people from diverse cultures.

The generation of young Europeanadults has been hit hard by the economic crisis. The transition from education into the labor market has become more difficult. About one out of five young jobseekers under 25 cannot find work. And many young people believe that their concerns are not taken up by politicians. More than half of them feel that in their country young people have been marginalized and excluded from economic and social life. Facing this challenge, with social tensions rising and a clear need to tackle radicalization and alienation, what can Europe offer?

The community has to support young people to help ensure they acquire the skills they need for today’s – and tomorrow’s – labor market, to make sure they are equipped with social, civic and interculturalcompetences as well as a strong capacity for critical thinking. In these efforts to ensure that, particular attention is paid to the needs of disadvantaged youth.

Young people need the opportunity to develop the skills and competences which help them to find their place in the labor market and in society as a whole.

The Erasmus+ program supports activities for young people and youth workers and provides opportunities for dialogue and joint projects on citizenship, youth projects which illustrate the rich variety of non-formal learning opportunities supported by Erasmus+ for young people across Europe.

Collaborative learning is very important in achieving critical thinking. According to Gokhale (1995), individuals are able to achieve higher levels of learning and retain more information when they work in a group rather than individually, this applies to both the facilitators of knowledge, the instructors, and the receivers of knowledge, the learners.

Cultural and intercultural competency are vitally important to effectiveness in a variety of areas including healthcare, education, public services, law enforcement, libraries, customer service, and other business functions. In fact, being sensitive to cultural influences on others may even improve your relationships at home and in the community.

Successful intercultural interactions are at the heart of what international education is all about. So whatdoes it mean to interact successfully with those from different cultures? This is the key question underlying theconcept of intercultural competence, the focus of my research which led to the development of an interculturalcompetence framework, or model. Through my research, I worked with leading intercultural scholars in reachingconsensus on a definition and elements comprising intercultural competence, resulting in the first groundedresearch-based framework, or model, of intercultural competence. The framework is comprised of the following:

Attitudes: Based on my study, several essential attitudes emerged, those of respect, openness, curiosity anddiscovery. Openness and curiosity imply willingness to risk and to move beyond one’s comfort zone. Incommunicating respect to others, it is important to demonstrate that others are valued. These attitudes arefoundational to the further development of knowledge and skills needed for intercultural competence.

References websites:

· https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/internationalisation/ISL_Intercultural_Competencies

· http://ec.europa.eu/assets/eac/youth/events/documents/youthweek_brochure_en.pdf

· https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Collaborative%20learning

· http://www.nafsa.org/_/file/_/theory_connections_intercultural_competence.pdf

Thoughts of Romanian project partner
Orizont Cultural T

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Rodica Miala,
Roxana Timplaru,
Georgiana Floricel .