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The SocialWeb - SocialWork training campaign started

Published on: 26.03.13


On Monday, 18th February 2013, the very 'first' training session of the SocialWeb - SocialWork project - a kind of test run of the newly developed training curriculum during a 'train-the-partner' meeting - took place in Warsaw, Poland, with at least one representative of each European project partner. Each project partner sent their trainer or a person responsible for the trainings to our Polish partner - the Nobody's Children Foundation - who hosted the meeting.

The trainings enable social youth workers to guide and support vulnerable children's and youths' Internet usage in order to improve their online safety by availing the positive energy and influence of social work. The social workers will learn how to improve the digital skills of their young target group and how to strengthen their resilience. In each country, ten training sessions will be organised by the national partner organisations in their national language during the next months.

This 'train-the-partner' training provided the opportunity to discuss the training curriculum, methods and materials and to adapt the content to local needs, which will help the trainers to prepare their face-to-face training session. The main objective of the meeting was to synchronise the training content in all partner countries. To achieve this, the participants dealt with national differences in training methods and understanding of the curriculum. They discussed the special needs of the different trainees and how to address these by the curriculum. The exchange among the project partners was essential for the enhancement and finalisation of the training curriculum and materials prior to the start of the training campaign. The face-to-face training is accompanied by online learning units, which are currently in development.

So far, the first trainings in two partner countries, Poland and Lithuania, have taken place. All experiences, options and challenges, as well as new findings and technologies, will be considered and - if applicable - included in the training curriculum. This approach is due to the circumstance that the (internet) world is changing faster and faster. Therefore, with regard to the project design, it was necessary to decide that the training curriculum must be a dynamic tool that is continually developing.

At the end of the project’s runtime, a version of the training curriculum will be made publicly available and published - please look forward to it!

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