The aim of “Europe in Perspective: International Co-operation in Cultural Learning” is to create new transnational and European professional development opportunities that strengthen the capacity of those working in schools as well as in non-formal arts and cultural education to develop more intercultural understanding and European awareness. In order to achieve this, a multinational modular training concept is to be developed and tested in the field.
The training will be designed for teachers and artists/arts educators/cultural practitioners already actively involved in working in partnership together to deliver programmes in schools. It will:
- demonstrate how to integrate more such learning in their partnership programmes;
- define the ingredients of a successful intercultural learning experience in this context;
- provide a personally motivating intercultural and European learning experience;
- create a platform through which practitioners can meet potential international partners;
- stimulate cross-border exchange projects with young people and school children as part of local co-operations between schools and their cultural partners.
The project will be designed to support the work of those wanting to explore diversity and interculturality within their local area. The experiential nature of the multinational training will ensure that participants will be able to extend their understanding of intercultural practice through direct involvement in activities and experiences and thus extend their understanding of the benefits of international exchange – an effective form of non-formal education, which rarely plays a significant part in partnerships between schools and cultural partners.
The professional training modules will be developed in consultation both with practitioners within the sector and organisations providing training and professional development to the sector. The modules will be internationally planned and realised and thus capable of being relevant across Europe.
The project will test the modules directly and support the initial application of the ideas generated through the training, particularly in the area of international exchange.
The pilot trainings are the first tests of the modular training units and will bring together pairs of artists/cultural practitioners and teachers from a variety of European countries to contribute to the further development of the training concept.
The trainings will focus on topics related to diversity and intercultural learning (in a European and transnational context) and are intended to provide insights and understandings which participating pairs will be able to apply in the course of their general professional practice.
In each 6 day workshop (including arrival and departure days), teachers and their cultural partners from different countries will experience a programme that has been developed with training institutions/organisations across Europe. The modular training course will provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the different dimensions of the issues as well as to experience practical approaches to engaging with them.
After each course, participants will share their experiences and reflections on the training course with the organisers, so that the training can be improved and shaped by the needs of professionals in culture and education.
The pilot trainings have taken place in the the first half of 2018 in Berlin, Newcastle and Budapest.
The standard trainings will be the second part of testing of the training modules and will be organised in responsibility of teams within the group of training partners. They will be a first test of the modules under real life conditions within the regular programme of different training institutions.
As well as the pilot trainings, they will be focussing on the topics diversity and intercultural learning (in a European and transnational context) and will support the participating pairs of teachers and artists/cultural practitioners in integrating these dimensions into their local partnership working.
The three standard trainings will be realised in the first half of 2019 in Germany, Hungary and Greece. The main responsibility to realise these trainings has been taken over by the project partners Bundesakademie für Kulturelle Bildung Wolfenbüttel from Germany, T-Tudok Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research Inc. from Hungary and Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr) from Greece.
Central to the concept of the training is the idea that intercultural understanding can be developed through reflection and acknowledgement of plurality and multiperspectivity. This includes tolerating ambiguity within a country, society or local surrounding as well as appreciating one’s individual inner diversity. We all have complex and constantly developing identities, formed through the interaction with different people and a variety of forms of cultural expression. A simplistic reduction on static, unified national identities as well as attributing particular characteristics to certain cultural backgrounds doesn’t live up to the reality of living in a globalised world but restricts people’s potential to live their lives self-determined and form a society as reflective subjects and responsible citizens in a diverse world. Cultural programmes, developed in local partnerships between the cultural sector and formal education, have the capacity to provide young people with the opportunity to escape from such restrictive ideas and realise their full potential. In so doing, they provide a powerful means to help young people ‘learn to be’ and ‘learn to live together’ in Europe and in a globalised world.
The training will follow the principles of non-formal learning and will have an experiential focus. The multinational training will ensure that participants will be able to extend their understanding of intercultural practice through direct involvement in activities and experiences and thus extend their understanding of the benefits of international exchange. The methods and techniques deployed in the training will create a learning atmosphere in which the participants are fully engaged socially, physically, emotionally and intellectually. Sharing and exchanging their experiences and perceptions will also be an important element in the training.
The participants will be able to try out new approaches, ways of communicating and actions in the safe environment of a group setting.
The training is being led by Paul Collard, Chief Executive of the international foundation Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) who has been working in the arts and with young people for over 30 years. He is an expert in delivering programmes that use creativity and culture as drivers of social and economic change. CCE is delivering training programmes to support and strengthen the work of teachers and artists with young people and children all around the world, including currently in Norway, Holland, Germany, Scotland, Wales, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Pakistan, Australia, Thailand and Chile.
The training will be designed for teams of teachers and artists/cultural practitioners:
- already actively involved in working in partnership to deliver programmes or projects in schools
- wanting to explore diversity and interculturality within their local area
- interested in adapting a new perspective into their work
- motivated and willing to exchange and share experience on a European level
- motivated and willing to reflect on the training concept after taking part and to give a detailed feedback
The participants will receive a certificate by the organising partners that acknowledges their participation in the multinational training course on the specific topics and underlines their support in further developing a Europe-wide training concept.
If you are interested in participating in one of the trainings, please get in contact with Laura Mattick.
The training will
- strengthen the capacity of those working in schools as well as in non-formal arts and cultural education to develop more intercultural understanding;
- demonstrate how to integrate more intercultural and diversity oriented learning in local partnership programmes linking schools and cultural partners;
- define the ingredients of a successful intercultural and diversity oriented learning experience in this context;
- provide a personally motivating intercultural and European learning experience and extend the understanding of the benefits of international exchange;
- create a platform through which practitioners can meet potential international partners.