Virtual Exchange on 'Intercultural learning in a post-COVID-19 world” – 15 October 2020

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As the COVID-19 pandemic is deeply reshaping our world, the Anna Lindh Foundation organizes a facilitated Virtual Exchange session on the 15th of October 2020 from 14:30 to 16:30 CET to discuss intercultural education in a post-COVID-19 world. At the centre of the discussions will be the opportunities to positively transform intercultural education, the lessons learnt from the pandemic, the role that civil society can play in shaping the future of intercultural learning and what the Anna Lindh Foundation can do to support civil society all over the Euro-Mediterranean region.

The Virtual Exchange brings together a group of educators in the formal and non-formal education sector who participated in the Regional Training for Trainers on Intercultural Citizenship Education organised by the ALF in November of 2019 in Nicosia, Cyprus. The same group of educators also participated in virtual exchanges on intercultural education on the 15th of April and the 12th of May. 

The Virtual Exchange is conceived to offer educators from different Euro-Mediterranean countries a space to encourage discussion and reflection on how the current pandemic has affected the work of educators and to share ideas on how the pandemic’s consequences on intercultural exchanges/dialogue can be minimized.

The Virtual Exchange on the 15th of October meeting will build on the experience gathered by the ALF in developing and implementing technology-based virtual exchange activities for youth. Hence an aim of the meeting is to share experiences among those educators who tested the methodology with a small-scale intercultural citizenship education activity. 

About the Anna Lindh Foundation Intercultural Learning and Cities Programme 

The Intercultural Learning and Cities Programme is the fruit of a consultative and participatory process which started in 2010 with the ALF main partners, educators and experts in the field of education. Those stakeholders concurred on the need to conceive a regional education programme to prepare people of the region, and youth in particular, to live and be active within multi-cultural societies.

Following a series of expert meetings and conventions, the ALF, in consultation with over 300 educators, published the Anna Lindh Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship Education in the Euro-Mediterranean Region as the first tool to support regional capacity-buildings, education activities on the ground and orientate education policies. 

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