On 17 September 2020 the project workshop within our project “Cultural knowledge and language competences as a means to develop the 21st century skills“ was carried out for adult learners with barriers at Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota, Višja strokovna šola. The adult learners are participants of the project ZAUPAJ SI – PATJA ANDI TUTE (Trust yourself), which has been carried out within the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the period 2014 – 2020. This is one more group of the same project we did a workshop with the previous day. There are 13 participants in this group. The participants (and our adult learners) are Roma women who will develop different competences and skills to prevent social exclusion and the risk of poverty. They will also try to improve their employability. However, this group is different from the previous one because they all come from one big Roma village that is near Murska Sobota. The village is the most developed Roma village in the region. Many of them are employed, some of them work in Austria as well. Children go to primary and secondary school. Most of them (at least younger generations) finish primary school but not all of them finish secondary school. So with this group we had the same expectations – as they have their own cultural heritage, they would understand what the project was about. First I presented the project in general and then I went on showing them the platform with all modules. I presented different modules in Slovenian and English. I chose English as well because some of the younger women learned English and asked me to show some tasks in English. Then we did one module together in Slovenian so that they could see how it is done on their computers. Younger participants did not have any problems when solving the tasks and looking for information, whereas the older women needed help and support. When they were doing the modules on their own, I noticed that some of them were trying to solve tasks in Croatian and English. They especially liked reading and vocabulary tasks as they found they would learn the most from them. They also like watching videos and do the connected tasks. Before finishing the workshop they filled in the questionnaires so that we could get some feedback on the modules. Overall, the opinions were quite positive. They liked working on the platform although younger women did not find it as interesting as the older ones. Still, they would recommend it to other people.
Ekonomska šola Murska Sobota