|6th Coodinator Meeting, Ceske Budejovitse, Oct 22-23, 2004|
|Ceske Budejovitse, Czech republic|
COORDINATOR MEETING, CESKE BUDEJOVITSE OCTOBER 22-23, 2004
Participants at the meeting:
Robert Dulfer, Czech Republic
Eva Kordova, Czech Republic
(Olga Cerna, Czech Republic – assisting during work)
Isabel Rasoilo, Portugal
Jernej Mlekuz , Slovenia
Evelyn Cardwell, Island of Ireland
Lena Björk, Sweden
Camilla Hodel-Fryzell, Sweden
Bernhard Stolz, Germany
Anna Farjas, Spain
Rebeca Mesaric, Croatia
Dan Dyrli Daatland, Norway
Bodhild Baasland, Norway
Hans Storhaug, Norway
Please read also ”INFO ALL 21/2004 (Aug 30, 2004)” with information about cooredinator meeting. http://www.migrationhistory.com/comenius/index.php?section=infoletters&id=117
The meeting was opened by overall coordinator Dan Dyrli Daatland, Norway. Greeting from Czech coordinator, Eva Kordova. Practical information from local organisator Robert Dulfer.
2: Update about progress of work (reporting from overall coordinator)
- The “ususal” check-up by going through the list of products (application) and workplan and having a dialogue with all coordinators as to the status of this work. Work is progressing generally according to plan, but there is lacking behind in the buidling up of the two WWW-databases for research and digital educational resources. This year especially Slovenia has added material. Also some additions by Spain. Two outcomes – guidelines of best practice for schools and for teacher training has not been started on but seems more and more to be covered by the very rich video material from the two annual conferences organised so far. Similarly, the conference report from Girona (under work) will also have a good coverage of this kind of material. Therefore, similar to simplifying the work of the two mentioned databases by including them as menu options in the MIR WWW-database rather than developing completely separate www-sites, it seems to be a better solution to include even more material of best practice in the videos + conference reports to be published in the future rather than producing special reports.
- coordinators are reminded about finishing annual report for 2004. Looking over the draft versions of annual reports received so far (covering first half of the year) the distributing of a simpliefied common outline for this report seems to have worked well – greater uniformity makes reports easier to read.
3: Update from national coordinators.
Contact to the national Socrates agency is good (as always): Mr Egil Eiene is very helpful. As usual we have had full financial backing from the agency for some participants at the course for teachers. In addition, other partners/members have travelled with own money. Regular meetings in the group continues. To be improved: publishing of material on the MIR WWW-site; to take more project initiatives; do do even more dissemination in own country.
Increase in size of group – more members especially in Berlin. Has kept the two-camp structure (Berlin and Oldenburg). These groups meet only at major events in the network – otherwise they work separately, but have good results. Especially promising is the work with video and film in Berlin. Seems to be a theme for the next MIR conference in Ljubljana (rumours). Continue work on school book analyses (migration). Can see possibilities for spreading out and finding more financial backing within Germany for our work.
Two secondary schools joined as members last year.
Research done on Equity in Education – a research theme that goes well with the aims of MIR. Interviewing is done – results may be published at the MIR conference in Ljubljana next spring.
The institute is helping teachers with organising seminars and round tables. The institute also collaborates with the university, especially with courses for teacher trainers, with lecturing on migration and interculturality. Partner schools are stable and are working well.
Slovene coordinator has helped pulishing material on the MIR WWW-site about school activities: round tables, exhibitions etc.
Since the Malmo course for teachers one year ago the collaboration with local partners has been going better. The roles and profile of the group is more clear. It has also been helpful to have a meeting between teachers in the two cities with partners: Malmo (main city) and Gothenburg.
Regular meetings in our gorup continues and collaboration is good. Very satisfied with good working relations with SELB (Southern Education and Library Board). Staff from SELB took part in MIR conference in Girona, and they are helping out financially to support teachers going to both conference, contact seminar, and course for teachers.
Short update of activities also from Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia, and Portugal). In Spain hard work with the Girona conference took a lot of energy, but also rewarding in terms of lasting collaboration. The Czech Republic naturally has had focuses on organising the course for teachers since spring this year.
4: Activities according to Application and Contract (aims and objectives, outcomes)
Some time was then spent on talking through the workplan and list of outcomes from the application. The workplan slightly adjusted (e.g. the change of organisers for the course for teachers autumn of 2004 and 2005: The Czech and Germans changing between themselves. Some small errors corrected. – The amendment of the contract as regards new partners have not had consequences for the workplan as new partnes are joining existing national gorups with defined work to do already.
5: Budget – administrative and financial affairs
Similar procedure as last year (2003): payment of 2nd half of installment after draft budget and local workplan has been sent to oveall coordinator from all national coordinators.
6: Girona conference – evaluation
Pre-evaluation was done at the coordinator meeting in Girona. In general a good conference with a lot more people than the year before. Some critical comments as regards accommodation and the starting up of the conference. Situation improved quickly although some people felt they were quartered away from the rest of the group.
The Croatian evaluator has further analysed the questionaires. Confirming of both criticism (e.g. accommodation and interpretation, and praise: quality of speakers and round table + interesting work shops). Evaluation will be published on the MIR WWW-site.
7: Next annual confernce (Ljubljana) + next course for teachers (Germany). Contact Seminars.
- Jernej Mlekuz gave a sumamry of plans inLjubljana. Accommodation will be in several small hotels in the centre of Ljubljana. One hotel will be very cheap. Conference venue probably at the institute (not very big but very central). Would like to have a film festival to make use of the expertise on this within the network (Germany, Portugal and others).
- Dirk Lange was not present. The information about the course for teachers in Germany could therefore not be very detailed. May be in Oldenburg, may be in Bremen. May be organised back to back with a seminar of some kind about migration (not clear).
8: The question of sustainability – new network period?
Whether the MIR group + others will continue in another financially supported network or not will naturally be very important for choice of strategy for sustainability. This is still very open. Deadline for pre-application is Nov 1. If successful, the final date for full proposal will be February 1, 2005. In one year’s time one will know whether to continue without any financial support, or as a new network (which will be extremely difficult to make happen).
9: Collaboration with Stavanger2008: Cultural Capital of Europe Project
Director Hans Storhaug – partner in MIR – presented the new project ”Youth and Migration” that would be financially supported by the EU through the European Capital of Culture project. Storhaug invited people in MIR to get involved. He met some critical questions as regards the focus of his project (young pople changing families and (almost) religion). Some scepticism from Germany and others. However, the meeting agreed to support ”Youth and Migration” fully and make certain that it would be a European project with participating schools from many countries.