For the partners of the Rising Project, 2022 began with training on mentoring for migrants, the aim of which was to present the reception practice of the SAI (Italian acronym for Reception and Integration System) to participants from Greece, Romania, Poland, Turkey, Italy, and Portugal.
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It was held in Italy from 3 to 5 January 2022, and the San Giuseppe Association hosted the participants partly online and partly in the presence of a three-day training. During the first day, the participants took part in a guided tour of the apartments where the guests of the SAI “CittàAccoglienza” welcome program in Cerignola reside. With Antonio Piarullo, operator, and labor consultant, they studied in detail the EU Skills Profile Tool for Third Country Nationals, a tool used to determine skills, previous experiences and identify the steps to be taken towards integration into the labor market. They saw how the PEI (Italian acronym for Individual educational project) is compiled and what are the crucial information and aim of the document.
The second day of training focused on the educational and pedagogical aspect of the reception system, but this time with a particular focus on the community for minors with Giovanni Papagni, educator of "Casa Futura" in Cerignola. We talked with him about the objectives that this type of reception has, the holistic approach used by the operators to work with migrants and specifically with minors, and how the team's entire work is based on dialogue, comparison, listening, and participation. It is essential that each beneficiary can enjoy a personalized project in which the team members are present and have transversal skills to help him/her in building their autonomy.
The last day of training was dedicated to the psychological aspect with Daniela Diliddo, the community psychologist for minors "Casa Futura", who told real stories of beneficiary girls in the reception project, who were victims of trafficking and violence. She explored the psychological implications of traumas of this type in the integration path migrants must undertake, and she told of how operators must approach these situations to create the necessary climate of trust.
The training ended with a short virtual visit to the reception facility. Despite some obstacles related to the pandemic, listening to the participants' points of view, questions, and suggestions was interesting.