A practical seminar "Relevant aspects of Policultural Education among students of vocational training. Formation of tolerant behavior towards refugees" took place on April, 12 on the basis of Smilovichi Agricultural Professional Lyceum. The event was organized jointly by UNHCR Belarus, INA "Evolutio" and the Republican Institute of Vocaitional Training (RIVT).
The arrangement became the fourth in a row of events aimed at formation of tolerant behaviour towards refugees among specialists of vocational education.
Opening of the meeting and introduction by the organizers and guests noted the importance of holding such seminars, as well as the importance of choosing the venue for the event: in the urban village Smilovichi, from the ancient times representatives of a large number of nationalities peacefully lived here. Viktor Shadurski, Chairman of the INA "Evolutio" Observation Board, in his welcoming speech noted that there should not be a definite line between a tolerant attitude towards refugees and simply representatives of other nationalities. Despite the fact that we must understand who the refugees are and for what reason they come in another country, tolerance is a broader concept. At the same time, refugees is a certain category of persons, which requires additional attention and understanding from us.
During the theoretical part of the seminar the Deputy Head of the Office for Refugees and Asylum of the Department of Citizenship and Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Belarus Natalia Sokolovskaya showed her presentation where she told about the activities of state bodies in the field of asylum, about the national asylum system and the legislation of the Republic of Belarus on refugees, provided statistical data on refugees located on the territory of the Republic of Belarus. She demonstrated to the participants the refugee status certificate and, speaking of international experience, told about the so-called "consent to a tolerable stay" of a foreigner in Poland.
Yuliya Miashkova, UNHCR Programme Assistant, told the participants about UNHCR mandate in the world and Belarus in particular. She also familiarized everyone with the situation with refugees in Belarus, gave statistics.
Valentina Gorbatsiuk, Head of the Department of Methodological Accompaniment of Social and Pedagogical Activity of RIVT, and Liubou Kravets, PI Assistant of the INA "Evolutio", delivered the information on methodoligal recommendations regarding the policultural lesson conduction. They covered the concepts of "tolerance", "multicultural education", and also discussed with the event participants the issue of Belarusian society tolerance as a whole and individual. The guests of the seminar were actively involved in the discussion, asked the questions of interest.
Apart from receiving information on terminological and methodological aspects in the area of refugees and policultural education, within the practical part of the seminar participants got opportunity to develop a plan-scenario of the educational hour on formation of tolerant attitude towards refugees. It is planned that elaborated materials will be useful in the specialists' practical activity.
Participants of the event also had a chance to see the documentary film "Refugees in the XXI century" made by INA "Evolutio" in 2016. Emotional component of the film left no one indifferent to the problem. Among the hand-out materials psychologists and pedagogues of vocational training received CDs with methodological recommendations on conducting an educational hour on formation of tolerant attitude towards refugees.
Following the results of the event, all participants received certificates confirming their participation in the event.
Wonderful atmosphere of the Lyceum contributed to active and creative participation of the vocational training specialists while preparing scenarios of the educational hour on tolerance formation.
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