Civic engagement and leadership as essential starting...

Brian Dillon Discussion started by Brian Dillon 5 years ago
We have begun to frame a proposal around what we are calling 'civic engagement' specifically aimed at the most excluded and margainalised groups in social as well as edcuational terms. The rationale comes from some exchanges we have already had with our Greek partners around the shortcomings of exisitng initiatives to build cohesion. In short, so many of these are premised on labour market opporunties and, beacuse of this, for some groups are bound to failure before they begin. Indeed, they do more than appear to meet requirements of trainers rather than learners.

We are beginning from the premise that building up social awareness, leeadership skills and the capacity for full civic engagement is a much more meaningful starting point. We have piloted such an apporach with the Traveller (nomadic) community in Ireland and are now considering expansion and involvement of other excluded groups and communities. I'm wondering if anyone has relevant past experiences or thoughts?
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Sean O Siochru
Sean O Siochru HI Brian, It might be useful for you to reference the work that you have been doing in Limerick Urban Regeneraton programme, overlapping with the overall evaluation that have just completed of service integration for these communities.

To give a little background:

Limerick City in Ireland is undertaking a major urban regeneration effort of its (very) disadvantaged communities. Part of the problem there has been very poor engagement between the city authorities/services providers with the communities themselves. There is a long history of mistrust, that the early stages of the regeneration process have (unfortunately) actually exacerbated that.

So the work that you have been supporting is to develop an enforceable 'Charter' between the community and service providers, that would clarify and codify the obligations on both parties, not just to be transparent and democractic, but also to actually create opportunities for co-planning, co-design and delivery of services etc. in the...
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Randolph
Randolph hi Brian, found an interesting LLL project with the participation of Irish Exchange House, Dublin. In the framework of the TANDEM NOW project they have developed a mentoring program for the travellers community, which builds on the idea of role models.

From the description: "In many European countries migrant youths or young people from ethnic minorities do not have any role models in future-oriented fields throughout their job careers, neither within their families nor in their social contexts. If at all, they tend to take up traditional job trainings and jobs, as they and their families do not consider other options for various reasons.

Therefore it is considered crucial to offer youngsters mentors from their own ethnic communities who accompany them on their way to a successful VET and job career. Mentors are meant to support these youngsters as a role model in the education and training phase which is vital for their future career."

Have uploaded the latest release of the project...
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Randolph
Randolph Just uploaded research paper to the library:

Jill Jameson: "Collaborative Leadership for Communities of Practice in the Lifelong Learning Sector", Edinburgh 2008

www.discuss-community.eu/library.html
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