In the beginning of the year, Cross Cultures looked into restructuring our education programme to create a more coherent education that could provide more structure and learning so the participants could gain more advanced competencies for their current or future employment. As Cross Cultures recently received a TIBU Sport-4-development award in the category “Best Sport and Education Program in Africa 2020-21″, we celebrated this by launching a pilot test on the restructured education programme to gain experience with the new methods.
On 9-11th of April the first education seminar called ‘level 1’, in cooperation with TIBU and Sport Partout, started in Morocco and Tunisia where youth from both countries worked together simultaneously online and offline. The seminar lasted three days and ended Saturday night with the participants dancing on the tables in joy and excitement to have finished and participated in the programme.
The seminar was marked by high spirits, open discussions, and passionate feedback from the participants who, among other things, participated in workshops concerning; What is a good children’s environment? What is a good coach? Child protection and human rights.
The goal of Cross Cultures Leadership Education is to encourage social and civic engagement, a sense of responsibility and thereby enhanced employability. At Cross Cultures Leadership Education, the participants will be endorsed “Community Organizer”, and the participants have acquired vocational clarification and skills enhancing their employability, alternatively prepare them for
(a) Further vocational training,
(b) Social entrepreneurship and / or
(c) Further education as football coaches within the framework of the National Football Association and/or Ministry of Youth and Sport.
The education encompasses three steps:
Step 1: Basic level – Open Fun Football School
Coach (60 hours/15 credits).
At the basic level, the participants are trained in the specific child-centred and community-based Open Fun Football School approach in theory and practice. The participants will gain the capacity to independently organize Open Fun Football Schools as a tool to encourage social and civic activities that promote trust and cooperation between otherwise antagonistic population groups. The Basic level encompasses:
Three days at a seminar (theory)
+ five days practice with the children
+ one-day evaluation and perspectivation.
Step 2: Advanced level – Sport for Change
(120 hours/20 credits)
At the advanced level, participants will work in theory and practice with their experiences from step 1 with an enhanced focus on the topics
Step 3: Own project – Community Organizer
(120 hours/25 credits)
Based on the learning from step 1 and step 2, the participants must design, plan, organize, execute and evaluate their own project to meet a special need in their community.
The own project will
- Address a special need in the community
- Encompass a synopsis with
- Oral feedback/forward
- Build on and include the intersection between(a) Sport-for-All(b) Community
The Own Project will be evaluated by a teacher/instructor representing Cross Cultures together with an external censor from a relevant university. The participants in the Cross Cultures Leadership Education will receive a Certificate after step 1 and step 2.
The participants receive a Cross Cultures Leadership Diploma after succeeding their final Synopsis.
The Leadership Education is based on Cross Cultures essential community-based and participatory bottom-up methodology and integrates Cross Cultures dialogue-based action-learning methods.
Photos from the first seminar: