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Grundtvig Learning Partnership 2010-2012

Improving Intercultural Dialogue: Exploring the Legacy -of Oppression

"Improving Intercultural Dialogue: Exploring the Legacy of Oppression" brings together a partnership of organizations from 5 European countries: PPP (UK / coordinator), EU WAREHOUSE (Belgium), Wide Open School Foundation (Slovakia), The Museum of Romani Culture (Czech Republic) and Stiftung Liebenau (Germany). This Grundtvig Learning Partnership project aims at exploring the lasting effects of historical oppression and prejudice (including racism, colonialism, patriarchy and xenophobia) on social exclusion and intercultural dialogue.


The project partners intend to compare the adult educational approaches and packages of a range of institutions working with oppressed groups across Europe, bringing together: an NGO working with Roma groups in Slovakia; a museum educating around Roma exclusion in the Czech Republic; a foundation in Germany working with people with disabilities facing prejudice and discrimination; an NGO providing training around anti-discrimination and inclusion in the UK; along with a specialist in EU policies (adult education, nondiscrimination, social inclusion) working in Belgium.


Through this diverse partnership, we will attempt to isolate the similarities, differences and salient principles in the experience of oppression and the effects of this ‘legacy’ on social exclusion and intercultural dialogue, especially intercultural communication and learning.


Along with promoting the objectives of the EU 2020 and ET 2020 agendas this project aims to challenge the underlying negative stereotypes and stigma attached to poverty and social exclusion. It will provide a framework for the development of adult educational materials, focusing on competencies, reflection benchmarks and practical tools in order to improve the impact and effectiveness of intercultural dialogue. The project approach will be both inter- and trans-disciplinary.



On the 28th of June 2012 the partnership met at Klötzerbahn 32 in Eupen, in the wonderful rooms of the government of the German speaking community of Belgium.

The transnational partners were welcomed and very kindly hosted by Johanna Schröder, the director of the National Agency in Eupen, who presented the tasks of the NA as well as aspects of adult eduction in the German speaking community. The partnership had the opportunity to disseminate the project results and to exchange best practice with local partners.

EU WAREHOUSE had also organized an expert input from Gerda Swillen, who was so kind to give aN input on her research project "Kinder, die es ohne den Krieg nicht gegeben hätte", which was highly appreciated by the partnership. "The right to know your own identity" matched well into the objective of the Grundtvig learning partnership. Gerda Swillen had worked on this topic among other in close cooperation with the Staatsarchiv Eupen.The access to information and the invaluable accomplishments of archives were introduced as an important subject, which was further followed up by Els Herrebout, who kindly gave on overview of the tasks of the Staatsarchiv Eupen.

Please read the article in the "Grenzecho", published on the 5th of July 2012: Europe trifft Eupen

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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