Jun 13, 2016
Over sixty participants – among them professionals, trainers and stakeholders – from ten different countries (Senegal, Chad, Gambia, Mali, Canada, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Portugal) participated in the International Training Workshop in Social Street Work, which was held in Rufisque, Senegal from 11 to 15 April 2016.
The objectives of this training were ambitious and plural: discover the Senegalese context compared to the children in street situation and to the intervention of social workers, allow the exchange between professionals on global themes of social street work and create an informal space of meeting and sharing among all participants.
To fill this ambition in a relatively small space time (five days) the program and the ‘rhythm’ of the training were extremely rich and intense. After a first day plenary opening, two days were devoted to visits, by small groups, of different structures working with precarious public (children in street situations, drug addicts …) in the regions of Dakar and Thies . The last two days were characterized by thematic workshops during which we exchanged our expertise and experiences in relation to topics of interest – confidentiality, the street as a space of valorization and marginalization, the dialogue between social and political, the community actions in the social street work, etc.
However, to understand the value and the beauty of this experience, I can not fail to mention all the informal moments – meals, dances, … – which have been the scene of heated debates, sharing experiences and moments of happiness !
All this was possible thanks to the hard work of organization of the Senegalese platform of social street workers (Cosaed) and to the hosting of the National Center of Training and Action of Rufisque, a structure that has provided all its spaces: bedrooms, dining rooms, courtyard and conference rooms. Furthermore, I would also want to underline the quality of the interventions of the trainers and facilitators of the workshops.
Personally, this first opportunity of training / international meeting as part of my work, has been a valuable experience both professional and human. I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future and I also wish to the readers of this newsletter to take advantage of mobility opportunities that may present to them in their life course.
Francesco Ferrando Social street worker at Dynamo AMO / Member of Traces de rue – French platform of the social street workers