Yes, we want to promote diversity as we consider diversity as a real enrichment. And yes, we are convinced that Bildung (which exceeds the formal education) is an important key to this enrichment. But who is this „we“? Who defines itself as a part of it? And how can we promote the feeling of belonging to this „we“?
These questions seem important for each project partner and every team, which is composed of different members with different attitudes and points of view. This is why the educational institution Bildungshaus Schloss St. Martin with almost 30 employees decided to organize diversity trainings for the employees, which took place twice in January. Both training sessions were led by Dr.in Sabine Schulze-Bauer and Helene Cibinello from the „Gleichbehandlung Steiermark“ (Office of the Commissioner responsible for equal treatment in Steiermark), an Anti-Discrimination Agency of the Styrian government to promote equal treatment.
The trainings pursued four main targets:
- Awareness raising of the already existing diversity among the employees as well as the commonality; focusing on the fact, that each employee handles diversity every day.
- Discussion on the project „Urban Diversity“, its the goals, intentions and plans.
- Interchange of positive and negative experiences people with different language, religion or origin face.
- Information about the Gleichbehandlung Steiermark, the rights and obligations concerning equal treatment and anti-discrimination at work.
These goals can‘t be achieved in a day. But the diversity trainings can be seen as a first step. They showed the necessity of a constant exchange among all employees. Furthermore, they made us realize, that diversity is also connected with fears, worries and the desire of limitation. At the same time, if the training sessions made something clear, it is the fact, that there is a huge willingness to be part of the Urban Diversity project and to welcome diversity in the Bildungshaus!
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