Learning Partnership 2011-2013
Improving Intercultural Competence: Mainstreaming Intercultural
competences are ever more needed to deal with a complex society. With migration
being a reality in Europe, the terms “allochthonous” and “autochthonous” having
become well known to a broader public. While migrants have become part of all
European societies, still, there are many questions to answer in terms of
education, access to employment and participation, which are also relevant with
regards to disadvantaged and vulnerable groups.
competences are essential not only for pedagogical members of staff in adult
education. Nevertheless, the social competences or rather intercultural
competences of the individual will only be fully explored, if applied in a
corresponding and supporting organizational and structural setting.
organizational and structural level the increased confrontation with question
of interculturality require the mainstreaming of intercultural opening in order
to be successful towards the major challenges in the field of adult education.
Learning Partnership “Improving Intercultural Competences - Mainstreaming
Intercultural Opening” -with 6 partners in 4 EU-countries, intends to foster
and develop intercultural competences of staff in the adult education working
with young migrants and/or disadvantaged groups in order to improve the
intercultural and social togetherness in European societies.
The priority will
be given to improve qualifications and explore, how organizations can provide an adequate setting
for their staff to enable their social competences and how local, regional,
national and European structures can help or hinder an "Intercultural
partners will examine the structures in their context and share best practice
which will be shared via a dedicated website and various publications.
Öffnung ist ein Prozess der Organisationsentwicklung, durch den
Verwaltungen, kleine und mittlere Betriebe, Unternehmen, soziale Dienste,
Bildungseinrichtungen und andere Organisationen sich auf die heutige, von
Migration geprägte Gesellschaft einstellen.
Ziel interkultureller Öffnung ist, Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund die
gleiche Teilhabe an gesellschaftlichen, wirtschaftlichen und politischen
Prozessen zu ermöglichen. Ein gleichberechtigter Zugang zu Bildungseinrichtungen,
öffentlichen und sozialen Diensten, Betrieben und Vereinen soll gewährleistet
werden. Dafür muss zunächst ein Bewusstsein für bestehende
Zugangsbarrieren und Diskriminierung geschaffen werden, um sie dann abbauen zu
Prozess der Organisationsentwicklung findet sowohl auf struktureller als auch
auf individueller Ebene statt.
der individuellen Ebene ist ein Ziel, dass die Mitarbeitenden kulturelle
Vielfalt als gesellschaftliche Normalität anerkennen und wertschätzen. Sie
sollen befähigt werden, in dieser differenzierten Gesellschaft handlungsfähig
der strukturellen Ebene werden Strukturen und Routinen an die gesellschaftliche
Öffnung besteht aus verschiedenen Maßnahmen und Instrumenten, die auf den
spezifischen Kontext und die Institution zugeschnitten sind.
Transnational Meeting in Brussels and Eupen, Belgium, 26th-28th of June 2013
Host: EU WAREHOUSE
The final transnational meeting took place in Brussels and Eupen, Belgium, from
the 26th – 28th June 2013.
Within the 3-day-programme a large variety of topics, activities and
methods were foreseen. One of the priorities of the meeting was to connect the learning,
the good/best practices and the results of the the IIC-MIO project with
European policy and debate. The partnership shared expertise in order to relate
to the European adult education debate with regards to interculturality /
social competences and other relevant aspects and deepened the understanding of
European and national level needs in dedicated EU-workshops. The partners also
presented and disseminated the results in a large adult education event in
Eupen, in collaboration with the National Agency of the DG.
On the first day in Brussels the partnership discussed
the mainstreaming of intercultural dialogue into the recent and future
developments on European level, intending to relate the IIC-MIO project to the
EU policy debate. This was supported by an EU WAREHOUSE input on EU2020 in connection
with the Education&Training policies on key competencies. The partners then
got various inputs with regards to intercultural opening in the Belgian
Isabelle van Loo from the education and culture department of the
"Royal Museum for Central Africa" presented aspects of intercultural opening
on organisational level, including information on the history of the relations
Belgium-Congo as well as the colonization of Congo, the history, background and
policy of the museum. Very interesting aspects for the partnership were
specifically the developments and changes in the cultural orientation of the
museum as well as the (Belgian) recruitment policy and its intercultural
opening as a long process with many variables.
Stéphanie Marques Dos Santos, the Chef de Cabinet de L’Echevin Bea Diallo,
gave first hand insights into measures and instruments on local / community
level with regards to Bruxelles/Ixelles/Matongé, picturing the different levels
of the Belgian regional / local educational system and its impact on
intercultural opening as well as the relevance of sport for the integration of
On the 27th of June 2013 the partners presented the project results in at a well
attended "Mittagskonferenz" in Eupen, in cooperation with the
National Agency of the German speaking community (DG). Cèline Liessem, the
coordinator for the Grundtvig programme, welcomed the European guests as well
as the guests from the adult educational and social sector of the DG. Kerstin
Weertz, director of EU WAREHOUSE, gave a lecture with regards to intercultural
competences in the framework of EU-policies and Nadège Kouleikina, the delegate
for intercultural aspects of the city of Eupen pictured in depth the
intercultural aspects in the DG. Those input were completed by Francis
Grandjean, who summed up the most important steps taken in the partnerships and
highlighted the most important findings of the group. Different methods were
presented to the audience by the IIC-MIO partners "in action". The lively
discussions and the professional exchanges with the audience were deepened at
the occasion of a joint lunch, to which EU WAREHOUSE had invited.
After some EU workshops held at the premises of the Ministry, the end of day
was highlighted by the visit of the reception of the German speaking Community
in Belgium in the "Hôtel de Ville" in Brussels. Freddy Thielemans, Mayor
of Brussels, opened the reception, followed by a speech of Karl-Heinz Lambertz,
Minister-President of the German speaking community of Belgium.
On the final day, the partners engaged in workshops and finalized the
learning partnership. The steering committee met in order to overview and plan
the final steps, the other participants and learners went on a guided walk-through
the African quarter (Matongé) in Ixelles.
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