Project types: education


1st phase: 2002-2005; 2nd phase until 2008 - education

Network on Intercultural Learning in Europe (NILE)

This 3-year intercultural project involved adult education organisations which gathered to discuss intercultural learning in the face of migration and lifelong learning in Europe. In the context of rising racism in Europe, this project tried to link pedagogical approaches from intercultural learning to processes of globalization and migration. The project sought to determine terminology and approaches on intercultural issues.

Start date: 2nd-3rd February 2012 - education


Funded by the European Commission, this project is coordinated by Professor Dirk Lange from the Lebiniz Universität Hannover. Organisations from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Germany, Italy, Scotland, Slovenia and Sweden come together to develop innovative education strategies to increase political participation, civic engagement and promote active citizenship amongst migrant and ethnic minorities. Targeted groups are migrants and ethnic minorities, receiving countries’ authorities and adult learning professionals and providers.

01/10/2009-30/09/2011 - education


P.IN.O.K.I.O. is a project promoted by the Carlo Collodi National Foundation Italy in collaboration with other 7 European partners.

The project’s main idea is to use children’s literature works as a resource and technology and web tools as a strategy to access and work on teachers’ training promoting intercultural dialogue in the classes and among the parents.

The project considers the extent to which cultural diversity is a source of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and how this can become a positive force releasing new energy and resources for the development of cities.

A programme of work, funded by the European Commission as part of its Life Long Learning Programme to develop a framework model of ‘intercultural’ competence that is based on the needs of professionals involved in culturally diverse or ‘intercultural’ situations. The project describes ‘Interculturalism’ as ‘sharing and learning across a culture(s) that promotes understanding, equality, harmony and justice in a diverse society’.

The project addressed the challenges facing artists today, tackling issues such as modernity in a multicultural world, the art of filmmaking and the question: what is to be done? In 2007, students from THE European League of Institutes of the Arts (ELIA) member schools in seven countries participated in the film project "The Language of the Arts and Intercultural Dialogue".

A group of talented young Roma aged between seven and fourteen are using pinhole photography to produce a picture book that will teach people about their culture. Working with The Children’s Society and arts group, Akademia Pstryk, the group has illustrated the story using pinhole photographs. This little-known technique is not only a cheaper alternative to digital photography; it is also very environmentally friendly. Using cardboard boxes, paper and chemicals no longer needed by professional labs, the young people made their own cameras and developed their own photos.

The project aimed to strengthen the diverse cultural identities in the country (pieces of the puzzle) while facilitating a common sense of belonging to the community (whole puzzle). Several art forms were used to communicate the myths, tales and contemporary stories of ethnic minorities living in Bucharest such as theatre performances, video installations, traditional crafts, music, etc., as a means to provide new insights on the past and present.

Seven partners from different countries, coordinated by Pam Schweitzer from Age Exchange in London, cooperated to create this reminiscence arts project, culminating in a touring exhibition of three-dimensional Life Portrait Boxes. The boxes have been created out of disused grenade boxes, supplied by the armies of all participating countries. They symbolise peaceful cooperation between older people from European states who were, in many cases, wartime adversaries.

The project creates communication networking platforms among the art universities of the EU and Turkey, as well as promoting sustainable cooperation, information exchange, knowledge sharing and discussion of good practice.

The project is funded by the EU's Programme for the Promotion of Civil Dialogue between EU and Turkey, which is implemented by the Secreteriat General of EU Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkey.


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