SENSE: Training students on how to develop a trigger technologies on sexual diversity
The second international mobility of SENSE saw students from Greece, the Netherlands, Spain, and Italy work together in Athens during an intense and fruitful week of great cultural exchange.
As part of the mobility, the project partners and their collaborating local schools selected a group of students each to take part in a workshop conducted by staff from CESIE (Palermo, Italy) focusing on the important topic of sexual diversity sensitivity in vocational schools.
The main aim of the workshop was to deliver training to participating students on how to develop a trigger technology to foster respect and positive attitudes towards sexual diversity in their local schools.
Over the course of five days, students had a chance to know each other, learn from their different cultural contexts. More importantly, it was an opportunity for all participants to confront themselves with diversity from different perspectives: Cultural, social, and normative.
One of the most important challenges was in fact that of reuniting a very diverse group of young students, and each one of them was able to contribute in a unique way to the exchange mobility through their opinions, ideas, fears and prejudices. We learnt that everybody is entitled to an opinion, but also how fundamental it is to be respectful of diversity and to try to see diversity as potential rather than as a barrier.
Different techniques drawn from especially visual art were explored during the mobility. In particular students were trained on how to use photography, stop motion, video making, and music videos to create stories and projects which are able to foster critical and respectful reflection around sexual diversity and gender identity. The objective was to equip them with techniques which they then could use once back in their schools to develop the trigger technologies with and for their peers.
The last two days of the training were dedicated to a more practical session where students had a chance to present their ideas for a trigger. The group from the Netherlands presented an idea for an awareness raising campaign, and other students in the class developed a short stop motion video with the help of staff from CESIE. The training showed to be challenging, given that talking about identity, and specifically sexual identity, can be psychologically intense. However, students showed a remarkable maturity and willingness to challenge their preconceptions, something which allowed the training to be developed with success. Well done everybody, and good luck with your trigger technologies back home! We look forward to seeing the results 😊
About the project
SENSE: Vocation and Sexual Sensitivity – Sexual Diversity in Social Domain Vocational Training is co-funded by Erasmus+, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training.
The project holds together 7 organisations:
- Coordinatore: Stichting Global Alliance for LGBT Education – GALE (The Netherlands)
- Fondazione Centro Studi Villa Montesca (Italy)
- Formacion Para el Desarrollo e Insercion, Sociedad Limitada – DEFOIN (Spain)
- Eurotraining Educational Organization(Greece)
- ROC Van Amsterdam – ROCVA (The Netherlands)
- European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training – EFVET (Belgium)
- CESIE (Italy)