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Call for Participation: ANNA LINDH NETWORK DAYS FOR INTERCULTURAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

ANNA LINDH NETWORK DAYS FOR INTERCULTURAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

August 26-31, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION[1]

Background

Anna Lindh Network Days for Intercultural Citizenship Education (August 26-31 in Helsinki) is a joint event of 9 national Anna Lindh (ALF) networks in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Poland, Turkey, Morocco and Tunisia. The event is divided into two separate but thematically interrelated parts: a regional forum (August 26-27) and a regional training on intercultural citizenship education (August 28-31).

The Anna Lindh Network Days aims at connecting the Network members from the north and south of the Mediterranean interested in or involved with intercultural citizenship education to discuss and identify issues related to intercultural citizenship in their respective countries and to learn about regional differences and similarities and best practices.

The project follows recommendations of the Malta EuroMed Forum of 2016, which identified education as a strategic theme for future intercultural dialogue and youth as one of the key target groups by placing education at its center and targeting youth and educators. It brings together the strengths of national Networks to utilize, promote and further develop the new Handbook for Intercultural Citizenship Education published by Anna Lindh Foundation in 2017 (available online: www.annalindhfoundation.org/sites/annalindh.org/files/documents/page/edu...).

The Handbook is a tool to support learning with young people focused on the knowledge and skills to play an active role in civic life at the local and international level. The Handbook covers both theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural citizenship learning, including practical case studies from across the Mediterranean region.

Aim and Objectives

The event aims at:

    sharing best practices of intercultural citizenship education
    creating new partnerships and developing joint project ideas on intercultural citizenship
    building within Anna Lindh Networks an international network of educators of intercultural citizenship working in formal and non-formal educational sectors
    enhancing the skills and competences in intercultural citizenship education of members working with youth so that they can promote intercultural citizenship education in their respective communities
    disseminating and promoting the use of Anna Lindh Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship Education

Programme: Intercultural Citizenship Education Days in Helsinki, 26-31 August

PART 1: August 26-27: Regional ALF Networks Forum for Intercultural Citizenship

The Forum will bring together around 70 members of nine Anna Lindh Networks to discuss intercultural citizenship education. The two-day program will consist of Agora sessions with international expert speakers and thematic debates with decision-makers as well as Medina sessions where the participants are encouraged to discuss and share best practices and find new partners and connections. The program will be published on the event webpage later.

PART 2: August 28-31: Regional Training on Intercultural Citizenship Education

This 4-day training is addressed to a maximum of 25 educators in the formal and non-formal education sector in Euro-Mediterranean region. The  training  will  be  based  on  the  capacity  building  methodology  on  intercultural  dialogue  developed  by a team  of  experts  coordinated  by  the  Anna  Lindh  Foundation  using  as  main  educational reference  the Anna Lindh Foundation Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Med region and including the presentation of intercultural citizenship education concepts, interactive learning and testing activities on the competences and notions presented and exchange of educational practices among the participants.

The Handbook is conceived as a tool to provide knowledge and skills for teaching and learning about values of dialogue,  pluralism,  respect, social  participation  and  social  cohesion  which  can  enhance  the  role  of  the “EuroMed Intercultural Citizen” as an agent of change within multi-cultural societies. The Handbook provides an overview about key concepts related to intercultural citizenship education with a clear  focus  on  the  Euro-Mediterranean  region  and presents  case  stories  and  concrete  activities to  be developed in the formal and non-formal education sectors. On  the  basis  of  this  resource,  the  ALF is  putting  in  place  a  capacity-building  programme on  Intercultural Citizenship Education for the creation of a pool of multipliers trained in the use of the Anna Lindh Foundation Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship and committed to the organization of educational activities and dissemination of the resource.

The chosen participants are expected to prepare for the training by reading the materials beforehand and by doing other pre-assignments given by the trainers maximum 2 weeks before the training. The participants are also expected to implement their gained competences in their educational activities and promote the methodology of the intercultural citizenship education in their local communities (media & social media etc).

LANGUAGE

The training will be conducted in English. Interpretation will be applied for the keynote speeches in French and Arabic.

Application and selection process

APPLICANTS FROM TURKEY, TUNISIA AND MOROCCO: Fill in the online application and submit it LATEST ON JUNE 30, 2017.

APPLICANTS FROM GERMANY, POLAND AND DENMARK: Fill in the online application and submit it LATEST ON JULY 15, 2017.

APPLICANTS FROM FINLAND, SWEDEN AND ESTONIA: Fill in the online application and submit it LATEST ON JULY 29, 2017.

Link to the application: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0c4fJBnrsyzDQHnFugXqsXf6uq9Am...

Selected  participants  will  be  notified one week after their application deadline (by July 7, July 22 and August 5, respectively). Travel  and  accommodation will be arranged  by  the Anna  Lindh  Foundation (provisional arrival  date foreseen  on 25  August 2017 and  departure date on 1 September for participants of the whole program and arrival on 25 August and departure on 28 August for participants of the Forum only).

Travel tickets and accommodation (2 persons per bedroom) in Helsinki for all participants selected via this call will be covered by the organizers.

Criteria for selection of participants

With  the  present  Call,  the  ALF  aims  at  identifying 65 members in 9 national ALF networks interested in or involved with intercultural citizenship education  to  attend  the  Anna Lindh Intercultural Citizenship Education Network Days. You can apply for:

    OPTION A: only the Regional Forum (August 26-27) (max 40 participants will be elected to option A)
    OPTION B: both the Regional Forum (August 26-27) and Regional Training (August 28-31) (max 25 participants will be elected to option B)

CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS IN OPTION A:

The participants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria on:

    has interest in intercultural citizenship education and youth
    is a member in an Anna Lindh Foundation national network in one of the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Morocco, Tunisia or Turkey
    has background in education, civil society (NGOs etc), media, research, politics, social entrepreneurship or any other relevant field
    has good command on English language

In addition, applicants with following criteria will be prioritized:

    has experience in intercultural citizenship education (formal or nonformal education, civil society projects, research etc)
    has project ideas or is looking for new partners and/or support for projects related to intercultural citizenship education

CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS in OPTION B:

The participants will be selected on the basis of the following criteria:

    works in the formal or non-formal education sector or with young people
    is a member in an Anna Lindh Foundation national network in one of the following countries: Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Morocco, Tunisia or Turkey
    is committed to stay active in intercultural citizenship education
    is able to work as a multiplier of the training by bringing visibility for the methodology and/or by creating activities as a follow-up of the training locally, nationally or regionally
    has good or very good command on English language

In addition, applicants with following criteria will be prioritized:

    has developed projects for intercultural citizenship education, or has been involved in projects for intercultural citizenship education, and have worked on issues  related   to  intercultural   citizenship  education  (e.g. diversity,   identify, citizenship, active participation, intercultural dialogue, etc.)
    presents a proposal to organise educational activities in 2017 in her/his country as part of the training follow-up

Based on the relevance and quality of applications, the ALF will try to ensure the selection of representatives from different partner countries of the region with a tentative ratio of 5 members per national network for both options A and B and with a gender and age balance (with young participants of age 18-30 being favored).

More information

Ms Suvi Laakso, Coordinator of the Finnish Anna Lindh Network, suvi.laakso@fime.fi, +358 40 7756 877

Event webpage: http://www.annalindhfinland.fi/en/finnish-national-network/anna-lindh-ne...

[1] This call for participation is restricted to members of the Anna Lindh Foundation networks in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Morocco, Poland, Sweden, Tunisia and Turkey.