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Malta hosts Education on Intercultural Citizenship Training for the Euro-Med Region

Believing in the important role of education in promoting intercultural dialogue, the Anna Lindh Foundation organised, between 25 and 31 March 2017 in Malta, a regional training for trainers on intercultural citizenship education in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The training gathered 31 formal and non-formal educators from 30 Euro-Med countries including:  Albania, Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, UK and Estonia.

Supporting educators to promote intercultural  citizenship in their  local communities. The regional training aimed at building the capacity of the educators to support them in organizing educational activities promoting intercultural dialogue in their respective communities. It was designed by a team of experts coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation using as main educational reference the Anna Lindh Foundation’s “ Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Med region”.

The Citizenship Handbook. Launched in March 2017 by the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Handbook is the first of its kind developed during 3 years by educators from the Mediterranean region and Europe. It 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.

To access the Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Med Region Click Here

A 5-days journey. On the first day, the participants shared the challenges they face when it comes to intercultural learning in their local communities and explored the universal values that can be promoted through intercultural citizenship education. On the second day, the educators defined the concept of identity from several perspectives and discussed how to proceed on raising awareness on the complexity of the concept and the multiple senses of belonging. They also reflected on the cultural diversity of the region, including its similarities and differences. On the third and fourth days, the participants learned the participatory education methodologies, planning and evaluation. And on the final day, the participants shared their experience and defined key elements to maintain a learning community beyond the training.

This training was organised in the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation’s flagship programme  Education for Intercultural Citizenship  funded by the European Union.

Following the training, the ALF team asked the participants about the importance of this new learning approach and its impact on local communities. Here's what some of the educators said