Migrants, including minors, arrive in Lampedusa, Sicily, on August 28, 2020 | Photo: ANSA / ELIO DESIDERIO
Migrants, including minors, arrive in Lampedusa, Sicily, on August 28, 2020 | Photo: ANSA / ELIO DESIDERIO

A reported 48 people have completed a course in Sicily to become tutors for unaccompanied migrant minors, organizers said on July 13. They will support the education and training of foreign minors.

The first cycle of meetings to train voluntary tutors of unaccompanied migrant minors in Sicily has been completed. Overall, 48 people passed the final test and will be included in lists to take on the role of tutors, organizers said on July 13.

The training program is supported by the local regional government and meetings were held in four juvenile court districts: Palermo, Caltanissetta, Catania and Messina.

Urgent need for qualified personnel

Sicily's councilor for family, social policies and labor, Antonio Scanone, said that court presidents in the four districts involved have called for "new training initiatives, urging the utmost attention to guarantee the qualification, motivation and availability of aspiring tutors."

"Together with child protection supervisor, professor Giuseppe Vecchio, the regional councilor's office for social policies has organized training activities provided by the law and we now have an updated list with 48 new tutors," Scanone said.

Collaboration with UNHCR, Italian Refugee Council

The councilor went on to explain that the course was held in collaboration with experienced organizations in the field of training for tutors of unaccompanied foreign minors inclusing with tribunals, the Italian Refugee Council and the UN refugee agency UNHCR.

The course followed national guidelines, focusing on "the essential profiles of the role of tutor in the juridical system, on the knowledge of issues related to immigration and on the personal motives behind the role," the councilor concluded.

 

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