MiGROW - SHORT COURSE - INTRODUCTION TO FUTURE-PROOF SKILLS

Updated: Feb 18


According to a recent Mckinsey & Company article on Defining the skills citizens will need in the future world of work - to future-proof citizens’ ability to work, they will require new skills. Especially, in a Post COVID 19 Pandemic world.


Social skills—such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others—will be in higher demand across industries than narrow technical skills, such as programming or equipment operation and control. (World Economic Forum)


Kudwa’s participation in Project MiGROW focuses on equipping migrants and refugees with future-proof skills.

KUDWA Association launched the MiGROW project funded by Erasmus+ to include several introductory sessions about different skills such as:

Emotional Intelligence

Intercultural Intelligence

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


from January to March 2022. The program is designed in the format of 2 short cycles in Arabic and English to reach as many refugees and migrants as possible.

The goal of the project is integration and cultural diversity and increasing the experiences and skills of refugees and migrants to provide them with the most possible to be qualified for work.


0. Kickoff Event

  1. Self Presentation Session

  2. Emotional intelligence session

  3. Cultural intelligence session


Kickoff Event



Kickoff event from VERIFF. In cooperation with the KUDWA Association in the MIGROW project, Veriff, a leading startup in internet security service, has announced the need for Arabic Speakers to create a service team in Barcelona.

The session was designed to support Veriff with their recruitment process, but also to put the Arabic Speaking community directly in touch with an employer to explore the requirements, interview process and expectations.


The webinar was held on January 11, 2022 at 6:00 to 8:00 pm CET.


The number of participants in the webinar is 42 people.

The event was opened by the KUDWA Association, welcoming the Veriff members and participants, and providing a brief explanation of the Kudwa Association and its work and activities.


Veriff staff introduced itself, activities and teams, and talked about a job opportunity to select several Arabic-speaking employees, Including job information, application requirements and how to apply.

Then they moved to exploring with the attendees the different skills necessary to finding meaningful employment in the future of work.

They explored the key soft skills that would support anyone in their job research, what they need to work on and how they can approach the process


About the short course:


This course is designed for people with Migrant background and aims to give them the tools to better integrate and face the unknown future with more resilience and confidence. The scholarship is given based on criteria such as potential, notable motivation, and clear aspiration for the future.


MAIN SKILLS WE WILL BE TRAINING YOU ON:

SELF AWARENESS, SELF CONFIDENCE & MOTIVATION, ACTIVE LISTENING AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS


With access to experts and exclusive online content and further readings related to each topic we work on.


1- Self Presentation Session


The course of the MIGROW project, funded by Erasmus Plus, started with its first sessions, How to Talk About Yourself by the MiGROW team: Razan, Mohammed, Angham.


The session was on 01/21/2022, the number of participants is 13 people.


The session consists of exercises of creative thinking and thinking outside the box, in an exercise of self exploration values ​​in order to prepare themselves for any job interview they get in the future. They reflected on themes such as their values, aspirations, experiences, skills and future plans. Then the final result was a 2 minute speech where they are able to pitch themselves in any given situation. In addition to the exercise of preparing for a job interview and presenting it through the session.


Skills: Self awareness, communication, presentation, self confidence



2- Emotional intelligence session


The session took place on 01/28/2022 organized by the KUDWA Association in the MiGROW Project.

The number of participants is 13 participants in the session in addition to the Expert and 3 members of the MiGROW project coordinators


The theme was Emotional Intelligence: with the expert, we went through the foundation of Emotional Intelligence, followed by an hour of different exercises and reflections designed to improve self awareness and examine our motivations.

The duration of the session is two hours. The first hour was presented by Carla Boulos, who is the expert for this session. The second part of the session was presented by Razan Ismail, Director of KUDWA and MiGROW Project, with exercises on emotional intelligence for the participants.

There was a great deal of interaction by the participants in the session, and the evaluation of the session showed that 75% of the participants were satisfied with the session. Also, 75% agree with their expectations according to the evaluation, and 87% understand the content of the session.(11 participants)


Skills: SELF CONFIDENCE

SELF MOTIVATION

ACTIVE LISTENING

COMMUNICATION

EMPATHY


3- Cultural intelligence session


The cultural intelligence session, which is the last session of the short course, took place from 18:00 to 20:00.

KUDWA Association hosted the session for Cultural Intelligence with expert, Mr. Mahmoud Assy, who presented the foundation of Cultural Intelligence, the dimensions of culture and how we can connect to people from different cultures. The session will include reflections on real life situations that might face us as migrants living and working in a completely different culture than our own

The session opened with questions from the expert to the participants, after which a presentation was made about cultural intelligence, how to use it, its causes, and how we can benefit from it. Then we started with activities and interactions by the participants, we created breakout rooms where discussion on the different cultural dimensions and what they mean in our daily lives took place. The session ended with a great interaction from all participants.




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