European Partners came together in Oviedo, Spain to undertake the BYMBE Train-the-Trainer programme
The Training was conducted mainly by the Irish trainer Dearbhaíl Lawless from Exchange House Ireland National Traveller Service and consisted of a full five day programme.
The partners looked at the use of individual learning plans, how to build relationships with the young mothers. Later we looked at how understanding one’s own learning style can be used to help the young mothers to identify their own strengths and how best they can be applied in an educational setting. The last item on the agenda was measuring success and how this works in practise enabling the mothers to identify situations where they have been successful. This will enable them to see a value in their own strengths and achievements in order to motivate and encourage them in the future.
Partners reflected on research from each country moreover how it would impact on the projects future success and how best to identify and work on any barriers to its success. Restorative practise exercises created a lot of emotion from the partners as we stepped into the shoes of the clients in terms of how they might feel about their own values, self-belief and education, this gave the partners a reflective space so that they can understand the difficulties the client may feel when embarking on this journey. We looked at how motivational interviewing can be used to build on the client’s confidence and strengths. We identified ways to help the clients to look at the support that they have around them and how this can be used as a tool to help them through the programme.
The partners looked at communication skills, team roles and emotional intelligence, moreover, how these can we used when working with the clients to build confidence and improve their social skills. As we are aware for any young mother getting to a classroom can be a difficult task, travel, childcare in addition to the everyday stresses of can all be barriers to participation, therefore we looked at blended learning as a way of helping clients to engage with their education without leaving the home.
The last day culminated in the partners from each country coming together to decide which of activities throughout the week would provide the best training materials to best suit the needs of the young Mothers. We believe that the programme developed by the BYMBE project is an excellent tool kit and will enhance the lives of those who participate in it.
Each partner country is now in the process of delivering the training to professional in the field and the recruitment of young mothers so they may consider educational participation to enhance their life chances and reduce the risk of poverty and social exclusion.