Intercultural education

Children’s Rights – Whole School Approach

The project aims to support the functioning of the Commissions for the prevention and elimination of violence, acts of corruption and discrimination in the school environment and the promotion of interculturality (CPEVACDSEPI) by fostering a child rights based approach.

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Intercultural Calendar

A pioneer in Romania and worldwide, the Intercultural Calendar presents the most relevant dates for the different cultural groups living in Romania. Besides the main events for the Romanian majority, the calendar marks the important dates for the 20 minorities officially recognized in Romania.

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For an Intercultural Perspective in Education for Democratic Citizenship: The Challenges of Non-formal Education

A national seminar with this title took place in Bucharest in January 2004 as part of a SOCRATES – GRUNDTVIG project coordinated by the Tallaght Partnership (Ireland) and implemented by the Intercultural Institute of Timisoara in collaboration with organisations from Spain and Bulgaria, with cooperation from the Council of Europe and UNESCO. The event was attended by representatives of several important public institutions, including the Ministry of Education, the Department for Interethnic Relations, the Youth Agency and the Institute for Educational Sciences, the Council of Europe Information Office in Bucharest, as well as some of the most active Romanian NGOs in this field.

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Intercultural Education and Democratic Citizenship in Schools

This major principle at the basis of our activities – approaching intercultural and civic education together – also catered for a series of activities implemented since the spring of 2002 in partnership with the British Council Romania. These activities aimed at integrating education for democratic citizenship and intercultural education as transversal elements of school life, changing not only the content and the methods of teaching and of the out-of-school activities, but also the general organizational culture of schools, including the way students are involved in the decision-making process.

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NEWTECH – The use of new technologies of information and communication in intercultural education

From 2001 to 2004 IIT coordinated a project focused on the use of the new information and communication technologies (ICT) in intercultural education. The project aimed to develop, experiment and adapt a new teaching methodology for intercultural education based on the use of ICT; to create, evaluate and disseminate pedagogical tools and materials for initial and in-service teacher training on intercultural education, based on the use of ICT; to develop and test initial and in-service teacher training modules based on the methodology elaborated in the project.

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Romanimation

Romanimation was a mobile European project held in several locations in Romania, chronologically as follows: Timisoara – Dudestii Noi – Baile Calacea – Satchinez – Timisoara. For three weeks (4-24 August 2004), an international group of 26 participants from six European countries moved between the locations to implement the project.

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EURROM – Integration of Roma Culture in Education, in Curricular and Extra-curricular Activities

The EURROM project aimed at integrating Roma culture in the educational process in schools and it was developed in a partnership between organizations from 4 countries: Romania, France, Spain and Slovakia.

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European Human Bridges

European Human Bridges project aimed to promote integration through various methods of exploring issues of social exclusion and intercultural learning. It was an integrated long-term project networking European disabled and non-disabled young people developed in the European Youth Campaign “all different – all equal” by a group of individuals and organisations, with yearly events.

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BABELTIC – Second Languages and New Technologies

The aim of the project was to integrate three important concepts in society and current education: New Technologies (ICTs), Second Language Learning and Culture. Teachers and educators have to be able to develop abilities and didactic strategies necessary for the curricular use of the ICTs. The common European Framework for Languages remarks that the person who learns second languages also develops his/her intercultural abilities. For that reason cultural contents must not appear in an isolated way but they must be an integral part of the programmed communicative situations.

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YES to Intercultural Dialogue

This project was an international training course organized by Youth Express Network in partnership with Intercultural Institute of Timisoara and Parudimos Association. The main aim of the training was to bring together people with different cultural backgrounds and to experience, together with the local Roma community to address the complexity of intercultural dialogue through experiential learning.

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