ACTIVE CITIZENS’ TOGETHER FOR WEEKEND TRAINING
30 people from countries as diverse as Iran, Guyana, Barbados, Congo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon,Kenya and Northern Ireland gathered at the Killyhelvin Hotel in Enniskillen at the weekend to participate in the first ever Active Citizens Training Programme organised in Northern Ireland.
Organised by the North West Migrant Forum (NWMF) the Active Citizens programme is a learning journey which supports participants to develop their skills in dialogue and increase their value for difference.
“We are absolutely delighted with the success of the weekend.
It was a very intensive two day event packed with so much fun and learning. It is evident that Northern Ireland is becoming more diverse and Active Citizens program is all about teaching people how their local actions can have global resonance. The aim of the Active Citizens training is to provide those who participate with an opportunity to develop a sense of self-awareness and understanding about where their community sits in the world.”
The overall objective was to create a network of citizens who can deliver social action programmes in the North which will increase understanding of diversity. It’s all about increasing understanding and knowledge of other cultures, learning the value of inter-cultural dialogue and, building trust and understanding. From the responses received about our weekend together we have no doubt whatsoever we have achieved those objectives.
Active Citizens Training workshops are ongoing and this will be running to the 18th of November 2019, with two participants elected to represent NWMF in a study visit taking place in Pakistan on the 23rd of November-30th November 2019. If you would like to join our team of Active Citizens, please contact us for more details of how you can take part in the next year programme.