|Syrian refugees in a camp near Adana, Turkey|
According to the United Nations recent reports, 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Nearly 34,000 people are forcibly displaced every day as a result of conflict or persecution.
It can be difficult to settle in a new country and adjust to its laws, customs and language especially after running away from traumas such as persecution, organised violence, loss of family members and friends etc. Social workers and youth workers play an important role in the process of normalizing and social cohesion of refugees. There are sets of skills required from youth workers in order to provide services for refugees and one of the key skills to support social cohesion is the intercultural and crosscultural communication which are directly related to the cultural intelligence(CQ).
In the early researches, intelligence was simply defined as the ability to solve problems however with the recent technological and social developments, definition of intelligence needed to cover more specific dimensions such as social intelligence, emotional intelligence and practical intelligence, yet none of these categories covered the intercultural settings which became an essential part of our daily lives as the world grew to be more global and international. Therefore, a new domain of intelligence is introduced as the Cultural intelligence(CQ) which is defined as an individual’s capability to function and manage effectively in culturally diverse settings.
Main Aim & Objectives
The aim of this training course is to help participants develop their cultural intelligence and thus manage the culturally diverse work and study environment . The training will include three days of work around the 4 dimensions of the CQ aimed at the staff from the visiting partner organisations, in preparation for the intercultural methodology of the project as a whole. This will be followed by two days of more practical work such as visiting the refugee camps in the region, meeting with the refugee young people who are getting education in the university and discovering the living conditions of the refugees and their urgent needs as war victims.
-Increasing the general knowledge on Cultural Intelligence.
-Creating space for the participants to discover more about themselves in terms of self values, identity and culture.
-Developing the cultural intelligence of participants through different workshops which are designed with non-formal learning methods.
-Understanding the connection between cultural intelligence and the social cohesion of the refugees.
-Learning more about the social support systems for refugees in the region by visiting different organizations which are actively working with refugees.