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The Intercultural Citizenship Education Handbook presented in Alexandria as a tool to strengthening regional diversity and resisting intolerance

Alexandria, 15 June 2017 – The Anna Lindh Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship Education in the Euro-Mediterranean region was presented on 15 June 2017 at the Swedish Institute in Alexandria as a unique resource for educators, schools, civil society, governments, youth, and citizens at large for strengthening awareness around the common values among the people of the region. The presentation gathered diplomatic and civil society representatives, members of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s network in Egypt and educators from formal and non-formal sectors.

At the opening session, Amb. Hatem Atallah, Executive Director of the Anna Lindh Foundation, and Peter Weiderud, director of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria, highlighted the value of the Handbook as a tool for shedding light on the opportunities offered by the regional cultural diversity, and for facilitating the interaction with people from different cultural backgrounds to resist intolerance. Atallah said: “This Handbook is unique because it is an intercultural tool that proposes a common pedagogical approach to work on the issue of Intercultural Citizenship Education across the Euro-Med region.”

The situation of economic, environmental, political and social crisis in the region needs constructive thinking and cooperation of Euro-Med countries and people to find common solutions. Certainly we can find success stories from both sides of Euro-Med and replicate them in other parts of the region” (educator from Spain).

The Handbook, officially launched on 1 March 2017, has been developed  by a multi-country authors group and through a regional consultation among a group of around 300 educators.  The Handbook includes an introduction to the concepts of education to diversity, intercultural interaction and pro-active citizenship building, to the methodologies and education formats related to intercultural citizenship and some learning activities to be used by educators with their groups to enhance the knowledge and practices of intercultural citizenship.

It is a necessary mean to establish a link between living in a society at a local, national and global level. It is only by breaking down the barriers of ignorance that it is possible to open up the curiosity of others, the need for knowledge and mutual enrichment fueled by the exchange” (educator from Tunisia)

The Handbook
The Handbook is divided into 3 main parts: The first is an introduction to the concepts, methodologies and education formats related to intercultural citizenship. The second part provides a more in-depth presentation of the notion of intercultural citizenship education as a reference for educators to better understand and practically use the concepts and prepare for the learning activities. In the third part entitled “Educational Activities”, educators will find the different transversal and applicable activities in relation to different issues presented in the Handbook.

The Handbook is a resource that can be used over a number of pedagogical sessions or from which educators can extract content according to their set learning objectives. Two main proposals are presented: for the organization of a single activity and for the organisation of a comprehensive training scheme.

The Anna Lindh Intercultural Citizenship Education Programme
The Anna Lindh Intercultural Citizenship Education Handbook is the basic resource for a pilot  capacity-building programme initiated by Anna Lindh Foundation to constitute a first Euro-Mediterranean pool of trainers in the field of Intercultural Citizenship Education. The first regional training for trainers for educators in the formal and non-formal education sector was organized by the ALF at the end of March 2017 in Malta. Currently the pool of 30 trained educators are engaged in the organization of training activities on the topic of intercultural citizenship education and they are accompanied in their endeavor by a group of mentors supporting them at each stage of implementation and by a peer-to-peer support mechanism with other educators developing learning activities on similar issues.

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