Research suggests that multi-ethnic, multi-cultural teams tend to either perform very well or very badly, it’s definitely very different from that of a mono-cultural team.

So how can you learn how to maximise the advantages of working with colleagues who are in some way different, be it difference in ethnic group, religion, nationality, culture, age or gender?

Many non-discrimination trainings use a cognitive approach – and provide knowledge about why it is important to respect other human beings and not to violate human rights.  They also provide an intellectual understanding of other groups of human beings, the reasons for different behaviours – for example, explaining customs practiced by of ethnic and religious minorities.

However important this cognitive knowledge, this is usually not enough to prevent human rights violations and other forms of discrimination. Social psychology research that has been done since the 1950s has shown conclusively that as human beings, we are all capable in certain situations of harming others, of not respecting their rights, and of following orders even when it may harm others.

Research also shows not only how quickly and how arbitrarily we form groups but once in a group we have a natural tendency to show favour to people of our own group instead of to others. Prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination tend to follow quickly behind.

The trainings use the premise that people sometimes do terrible things – not because they are intrinsically bad people but because they have good reasons of their own, and needs of their own that they want to meet. The trainings takes a more psychological approach: it looks at what some of those needs are and helps to identify healthier ways to meet those needs.  When these needs are  met in healthy ways there is no longer any reason to meet them in unhealthy ways.

This experiential and experimental workshop will provide you with a better understanding of the research, and theory, whilst also providing you with some practical hands on tools

This experiential training program draws on research and theory whilst providing practical tools to help you create a more positive and inclusive work environment for all.

This unique approach was piloted as part of an OSCE project in the Western Balkans.  Working with educators from across the region,  significant change amongst students was reported by applying the tools taught in this training.  This included: reduced bullying, fewer student absentees, better integration of minority students and higher level of social contacts between minority and non-minority students.

The trainings use interactive innovative methodologies to ensure maximum impact of learning, and are tailored to meet the specific needs of your organsiation.

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