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The structure of the workshop was designed to enable the participants to express themselves by talking, constructing and producing materials. Active learning methods used, acknowledged the students and teachers level of competence and experience. The Workshop is suitable for use in school’s integration process. Workshop preparation and design: Leena Pekkanen - LUOVI, Finland and MINT Team | 2008/2010 Booklet producer: Donka Georgieva - Language School “Frederic Joliot-Curie”, Varna

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Graphic by I.P.S.C.P.T. Sandro Pertini - Crotone, Italy

Participants were introduced to the history, sights of the city Vaasa and to the unique Kvarken archipelago. In relation to the European Parliament Elections Campaign, on 06.06.2009 the group held a conversation with a Finnish MEP in Vaasa City Center.‐3plYXM

Vaasa, Finland 03 - 06 June 2009

Students had to answer some questions which have been asked by the audience. Mr. Alberto Cardoso, the project coordinator focused the conversation to presented facts and objective data. Students responded intuitively and emotionally, sharing their experiences and individual meaning.

Workshop OPEN DIALOG is a part of COMENIUS project Mind the Gap –Migration Needs Integration. It aims to gather knowledge about participants experiences and visions. Participants consisted of people with different roles: teachers, students and local authority representatives The workshop lasted 2 days and went through three phases:

Phase 3: Open Dialog - brainstorming how to improve the situation in schools. The “big group” of all participants was divided into 5 smaller working teams (two students and three teachers in each group). Everyone in a group had the opportunity to participate. Each team had to analyze trends and current situations using biographies and interviews, talking through difficult issues, clarifying values and to suggest solutions for improving the situation. Teams produced posters with the results. Suggestions were reported by team leaders to the “Big group”.

Phase 1: Local Authority, NGO and Vaasa Vocational Institute practices and initiatives for integration migrants Mrs Kristina Stenman - the Deputy Mayor of Vaasa Town Hall introduced participants to the Finnish Educational system and the Finnish System for immigrants in Vaasa. A series of Power Point presentations about: Integration Services in Finland; Education of immigrants in Vaasa and The project “Immigrants on their way to work” were delivered. Participants examined closely the Vaasa Vocational Institute environment and Vaasa Cultural Center for Youth with the help of our hospitable Finnish colleagues. Mrs. Rayja Laaksonen demonstrated an interesting Power Point presentation about the education of immigrants in Vaasa: Languages; Education structure; Preparatory and basic education, Cooperation between school and home; Personal programs and certificates. Phase 2: Migrant students’ stories: interviews, biographies (PPP) and defining of the main facts. The session began with warm up for students ‐ participants conducted by Mr. Andreas Brett (Germany The whole group of teachers, students and associated partners watched video - interviews and Power Point ”Biographies” - stories of students with migrant background from Iran, Morocco, Kazakhstan also Turk and Roma ethnic minorities. (

Graphic by I.P.S.C.P.T. Sandro Pertini - Crotone, Italy

The third transnational meeting of the project was held at “LUOVI” Vocational Institute in Vaasa, Finland from the 3rd to the 7th June 2009 in collaboration with Vaasa Municipality. Representatives of all the nine partner schools from Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, The Netherlands and Turkey attended the meeting.

Open dialogue was held with the students. Participants discussed the issue: “What can institutions do to make things better. They constantly demonstrated a possibility of a new social style of communication and engagement. Finally students and teachers looked at all the materials that have been made during the workshop. Everybody had a possibility to discuss and criticize. In this phase participants reflected on how the ideas for improvement might be generalized and if they seem to be meaningful to others as well. The workshop results are suitable for further project activity.

MINT Vaasa  

MINT Vaasa

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