Europe is experiencing one of the most significant arrivals of migrants and refugees in its history. As the number of migrants entering Europe rapidly increases, their cultural integration and inclusion in European societies becomes a priority. Bearing in mind that integration is a two-way process, the progressively increasing multicultural character of EU societies demonstrates the need to introduce intercultural education programmes that recognise and effectively support diversity, promote mutual acceptance and respect, while combating racism and xenophobia.
Against this backdrop, supporting the efforts of EU member states to help integrate migrants and refugees into Europe’s education systems and ensure their skills development is an urgent and demanding task. Its success is dependent on the educators and teachers, who should be appropriately trained to have a deep understanding of basic concepts of culture and intercultural communication, as well as the historic and contemporary international context. This would enable them to develop an inclusive curriculum and integrate intercultural citizenship education so that they can foster interculturalism and avoid archaic educational practices that cultivate monoculture, othering and stigmatisation.
To achieve this, as well as the wider challenge of migrants’ cultural integration, this project will design a programme for adult educators working with migrants. For this purpose, the project partners will:
a) investigate the status quo regarding migrant integration policies, existing programmes and training structures on intercultural training for migrants and educators in partner countries;
b) compare and analyse the results of this investigation to develop a needs analysis for intercultural education of trainers;
c) develop an internationally competitive modularised training curriculum with qualification standards specialised for Adult Education (EQF Level 5);
d) produce a handbook for trainers, which will include learning outcomes, a theoretical framework of basic concepts and the training package itself which will include practical exercises and, where possible, case studies.
At the beginning of the project, a database of stakeholders in every partner’s country will be created which will include actors related to the project aim; experts in AE and intercultural education, migration centres providing training, other interested parties etc.
o Heriot-Watt University, Dept. of Languages and Intercultural Studies (LINCS) Coordinator – United Kingdom
o CLP – Creative Learning Programmes Ltd. (United Kingdom)
o EELI – European Education and Learning Institute (Greece)
o Studio Risorse Ltd (Italy)
o Learning for Integration ry (Finland)
o Social Cooperative Society Il Sicomoro (Italy)
o KEKAPER-REGION OF CRETE (Greece)