Education and Specialised Professional Training

Services:

These services are provided to young people with intellectual disabilities, aged from 14 to 25 years at the beginning of their studies, and the attendance lasts up to five years.

Their planning is based on the anthropocentric model, where professionals, the family and the young boy or girl him/her-self cooperate in the drawing of an individualized plan related to his/her training needs.

The principle that governs this cooperation is the right of every human being to education and professional training, his/her growth as a goal: i.e., his/her greatest possible autonomy and, in the end, his/her social and professional integration.

The newcomers start from the Workshop called “Pre-training”.

Pre-training:

The basic goals of the education of our young people concern:

  • their becoming acquainted with each other,
  • their familiarization with the environment and the rhythms of “Margarita”,
  • their gradual integration,
  • the organization of their conduct,
  • the development of communication and social skills,
  • practice in everyday life skills, as well as in skills necessary for their professional training (e.g., consistency, responsibility, team work etc).

 

Then, the young people attend – according to their abilities and their inclinations – one or more of the following workshops:

Gardening:
The training includes the cultivation of indoors and outdoors aromatic and flower plants.

Arts and crafts:
The basic training focuses on the acquisition of working skills through creative activities and constructions.

Office Support / Ushers:
The training focuses on supporting office work and the use of professional devices for secretarial support, such as photocopiers, fax machines, telephone devices, book-binding and plasticizing devices. The young people also learn to perform ushers’ work and become familiar with the use of computers.

Catering:
The training includes activities related to catering in a professional environment and the use of professional equipment; preparation of catering products (beverages, small meals); waiting; arrangement and care of the working place.

Five to six young people attend each workshop. Whenever necessary, teaching is individualized and a chance for practice of additional skills is provided, such as:

Cooking – household chores:

  • Preparation and cooking of simple dishes and beverages
  • Cleaning
  • Waiting
  • Use of household appliances

Self-service:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Dressing

Traffic education:

  • Practice in orientation
  • Road safety
  • Use of public transportat
  • Money management
  • Use of community services (purchases from stores, public services, post, bank).

Learning program: preservation of basic school knowledge (reading, writing, arithmetic).

“Kiosk”: the students have the responsibility of selling, during the breaks, healthy snacks and beverages they prepare and make themselves.

“Magazine”: the students edit a magazine containing their news and other news of general interest twice a year.

“Library”: the students operate a lending library.

“Educational games”: Board games and educational software for computers.

“Assembly”: In structured weekly gatherings, the students exchange their news, discuss issues and subjects they are interested in from everyday life and current affairs and are informed about issues of the operation of “Margarita” that concern them. They also introduce their suggestions and assume responsibilities.

Theater: It offers students the chance to express feelings, ideas and preoccupations through alternative channels of communication, such as theatrical speech, motion or dance. Expression through art renders the acquisition of a sense of the body, the broadening of personal roles’ repertoire and the acquisition of social skills easier.

Exercise: Through exercise, we aim for body fitness and wellbeing for our young students. Furthermore, they participate in sports events and happenings.

Educational visits – Excursions: Educational and recreational excursions take place in museums, educational institutions, theaters, workplaces etc.

After their graduation, the young boys and girls can – if they want to and there is a position available – go to the adult professional occupation department.