Cultural Mediation Building One Community

"Cultural Mediation Building One Community" is an ongoing JRS Malta project aimed at promoting social inclusion by offering language and technical training for 15 migrants to form a pool of trained Cultural Mediators who can offer linguistically and culturally accurate interpretation. 

The project has been developed in response to a real need for trained cultural mediators among NGOs, governmental agencies and service providers, as well as healthcare and legal professionals.  The objectives of the project are to provide a holistic training programme to migrants who are willing to provide interpretation and cultural mediation, to enable them to provide a professional service whilst simultaneously supporting the broader migrant community by facilitating their access to the various services.  

The project is taking place over a period of 6 months and will be made up of a number of components: the first component involved a period of promotion for the training course among the migrant communities and recruitment of interested participants; the second component consists of intensive language training by providing participants with a 36-hour English language proficiency course held over a period of 12 weeks; the third and final component will consist a of 4 training modules / 8 sessions that will cover technical aspects of interpretation, as well as training on the context within which the cultural mediation will be provided, including the migration and asylum procedure, medical services and legal proceedings in Malta.  

The project will take place in two venues, the language training component is currently being held at the Paulo Freire Institute (PFI), Zejtun, and the technical training component will be held at the MISCO training institute, Mriehel.

This project is financed by the Small Initiatives Support Scheme under the Voluntary Organisations Fund within the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector.

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