During those five days, students, professors, teachers, refugees and professionals were given the opportunity to exchange experiences, knowledge and practices in promoting interdisciplinary cooperation among different disciplines in providing psychosocial interventions for refugees and asylum seekers in Europe.
The 2nd Learning – Teaching Event featured guest speaker Ousman Umar unfolding his traumatic, 5-year effort to reach Europe from Ghana and eventually establish NASCO Foundation, an NGO helping education in his native country [Migrations and Entrepreneurship: A personal journey from Africa].
Due to the lack of educational opportunities in Ghana, Ousman arrived in Spain at the age of 17. He has acquired a Chemistry degree at the University of Barcelona and is now completing a second degree in Public Relations and Marketing.
The agenda also examined a variety of topics ranging from Ethics in Community Based Interventions and Research with Refugees and other vulnerable populations to the Prometheus Program for the Rehabilitation of Survivors of Torture, supported by Stavros Niarhos Foundation. A visit to the latter’s Cultural Centre, known as SNFCC, was the second of the social activities included, preceded by a short reception at Myrtillo cafe, an awarded social enterprise located in central Athens which integrates vulnerable groups (persons with disabilities) into the labour market.
Another highlight was the screening of documentary film “Guerrero. One life, many battles” of Sebastián Moreno, followed by an open dialogue about experiences of overcoming trauma related to surviving torture, exile, etc, lead by Dr Manuel Guerrero and Dr Margarita Mondaca (Karolinska Institutet).
The program also included workshops in cultural competence and psychosocial interventions with refugees, from Marta Sanchez and Nadia Morales (Transcultural Psychiatric Program at Hospital Universitario Vall d’Hebron) and in photo-voice, a participatory research methodology, from Dr. Eric Asaba and Dr. Margarita Mondaca (Karolinska Institutet).
Topics including protection and housing of minors were also high on the agenda, underlined by a presentation of the child protection model a relative NGO’s project to support, educate and socially integrate unaccompanied refugee minors in Greece.
One of the highlights of the agenda was Educational Specialist’s Dr Margarita Mansola session on Supporting the inclusion of refugee and immigrant children – Interdisciplinary practice. Resilient classrooms and diving deep into every child’s right to education, let alone refugee children were basic points of her presentation.
Below is the brochure, the schedule and further photos of the 2nd Learning – Teaching Event:
Day 1, Monday, 21/10/2020
Day 2, Tuesday, 22/10/2020
Day 3, Wednesday, 23/10/2020
Day 4, Thursday, 24/10/2020
Sarah Scheer (IB Hochschule) Download
Day 5, Friday, 25/10/2020