|8th Coordinator Meeting, Oldenburg, Oct 21-22, 2005|
Main attached documents:
(1) Draft Agenda for MIR Coordinators
(2) Draft Agenda for LearningMigration Coordinators
(3) Letter to coordinators concerning Agenda and timing of meetings
(4) Draft versions of Ljubljana reports: (a) Conference, (b) Workshops, (c) Round table, (d) Film Festival. (e) Contact Seminar (later)
(5) Draft versions of Annual Reports from each national group (2005 Report).
(6) Minutes 8th Coord Meeting
Oldenburg Coordinator meeting Oct 22, 2005
Participants of the meeting:
Rebeca Mesaric, Croatia
Eva Kordova, Czech Republic
Dirk Lange, Germany
Evelyn Cardwell, Island of Ireland
Dan D. Daatland, Norway
Bodhild Baasland, Norway
Elisabeth Egeli, Norway
Martha Lea, Norway
Tor Åge Risnes, Norway
Shalini Frøiland, Norway
Synnøva Drange, Norway
Isabel Rasoilo, Portugal
Jernej Mlekuz, Slovenia
Anna Farjas, Spain
Xevi Casademont, Spain
Camilla Hodel-Fryzell, Sweden
Lena Björk, Sweden
Ulf Åkerberg, Sweden
1. WELCOME, INTRODUCTION
The overall coordinator Dan Dyrli Daatland was the chair of the meeting.
2. UPDATE FROM COORDINATOR
Dan Dyrli Daatland and Bodhild Baasland joined a Brussels on meeting October 17. A short summary will be given at the later coordinator meeting for LearningMigration**.
**This last meeting of coordinators in the MIR network was followed the day after by the first meeting of coordinators of the new LearningMigration Com 3 network. This is also the reason why the Norwegian group is so strong – giving more people from the lead partner/beneficiary the opportunity of taking part in cordinator meetings.
Persons not having taken part in meetings earlier: Shalini Frøiland (taking the place of Idar Ree as project assistant) with a special responsibility for developing the WWW-site together with designer Onar Vikingstad. She is also working part time at the office of international activities at the University of Stavanger. Elisabeth Egeli will assist in working with partner and member schools (her expetise is teaching of democratic citizenship/second language for migrants). Tor Åge Risnes is responsible for international activities at the Faculty of Art and Education at the University of Stavanger.
Documents concerning the various items of the agenda were commented.
The usual reminders of progress in work according to workplan and aims/objectives of application.
3. UPDATE FROM GROUPS – EVALUATING ACTIVITIES
Draft version of written annual summaries have been received from partners. The oral summaries minuted below have particular weight on main points and later developments in the various groups, and also serve as the basis for discussions between partners concerning monitoring, evaluation, sustainability of work, dissemination of products.
Working with a stable partner group of five institutions. A member school with a record of project activities has joined. Work on migration research of particular relevance for migration and human rights has been given special attention as a follow up of course for teachers (Croatian and Norwegians) oranised at the end of 2004. Generous financial grants have been received from ministries in both countries (Ministry for educationa and sports in Croatia, and Ministry for foreign affairs in Norway). Croatian teachers have been well represented in all main events last year.
Change in the group: there are now 5 partners (and 7 members) because the Pedagogical Centre does not exist any more. There has been many activities, courses and projects with titles like Forced Migration History in the Region (won a national prize), Principles of Multicultural Tolerance or Historic Emigration to USA. The close collaboration within the core of the network group secures sustainability. The network will be even stronger linked to the university through co-coordinator Salim Murad in the future. The web presentation will have to be improved.
Great activity in connection with the organizing of the Oldenburg course (October 2005) and parallel expert conference. Many useful contacts made during this work. Good presentations from German participants at the Slovenian Conference in April, particularly as regards films and videos at the film festival, and the presentation of the project Ready for the Rights of children in my and your World. The University in Oldenburg (German lead partner) ia also a partner of the Joint European MA (Migration and Intercultural Relations) which is important for the future and will lead to sustainability in the work around migration questions at large. The German group has been able to obtain financial support from several quarters last year. Work on finalising applications on migration issues for Com 2 (MILES) and Grundtvig. Also taking part in discussions within the network of moving acivities to the Framework Programme (EU research) if possible – Germany to lead this work if successful. Future looks promising.
Island of Ireland
There may be some confusion around the two St. Mary institutions. The one, St. Mary College, is partner and the other, St. Mary’s High School, is member. The most important new activity inside the local network has been the introduction of regular group meetings, and proper use of the MIR WWW-site. It has had positive effect on dissemination, and sharing good practice. and it has enhanced the cooperation between partner and member institutions in the group. One institution will join the new YES 2 network. A positive experience is the support from the National Socrates Agency in Dublin. The various future activities and participation in new projects show good sustainability.
Continuation of stuctured partner meetings before and after spring and autumn main events in MIR. Some member institutions have good activities (will be followed up when three of them will act as partners in the new LearningMigration network). Instability in the contribution of some partners (particular one school). Result is less or no money grant offered since work has not been satisfactory. MIR network activities have gradually been more integrated in general activities of the university and within other partner institutions. A new centre is planned at the university for multiculturality, migration and human rights, and the collaborating Erasmus “Joint MA Migration” has now been accreditated. Financial means received from the Norw. Foreign Ministry to support Croatia in network activites. This + the co-operation with the Norw. Emigration Centre in the Cultural Capital of Europe event (Stavanger 2008) + work with new Com 1 and 2-initiatives are good for sustainability.
Partners are stable, new members have joined the network. There has been a project about citizenship (by Ana P. Diaz), but it has not yeat been turned into a full application to the National Agency. A part of the Ministry of Education will become a new partner in the new network. There has been cooperation about video production between partners. Portuguese partners are involved with Stavanger about their being the Cultural Capital of Europe in 2008.
The main work in 2005 was the the third MIR conference in April, which offered lectures, workshops, a pre-conference film festival, a post-conference round table, and some cultural activities. After the conference hard work on the proceedings (printed report) + production of video/DVD.
Contributions of research work done by partners (higher education partners). Publication of recommended examples of research and didactical (digital) material on the theme of migration has been published on the MIR WWW-site. The Slovenian partners probably have contributed more than any other partner country in this respect.
To be improved: the collaboration with the national Socrates Agency and the cooperation between schools may be improved
The main project of the Spanish group has been the film Neither easy, nor difficult. There have been pedagogical activities combined with the work and production of the film. It will be distributed to different high schools and education institutions in the province of Girona. The film project has been supported by other institutions (Town Council of Girona, Diputació de Girona, TOSCA (Environment education). There is collaboration with other projects (Yes2, Nightingale) and one member institution has a project with one member institution in Norway: AMER-Garnes art project. The Catalan culture and the Norwegian culture through their artists. The support from different institutions and the interest from the university tells about both good dissemination and seems to be a guarantee for sustainability together with the fact that the partner institutions will continue in the new network.
Sweden is part of several project ideas discussed within the network (Catch it, The Nightingale (leadership for an application next year), The Sofia project, SET = Social and Emotional Training, the Umbrella project (new application, new name). A film The others the same were presented in Ljubljana (film festival) – collaboration will continue as reagards media with particularly German partners. The Pedagogical Centre, City of Malmö, also presented their network of activities and cooperation with different institutions to meet the needs in a society with high in-migration like the city of Malmö. The Sofia project and other initiatives from the partner institution in Gothenburg (Burgården) have been presented during the recent expert conference in Oldenburg.
4. FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
An extra 1000 € has been sent to partners to support their taking part in main events in 2005 (apart from the regular sending of received installments from the EU Commission). All partners may not have received this yet. The partners have to spend all their money before the end of November, included the remaining 20% of the budget total (as stated on meetings earlier: the last installment from the EU will not be receieved before well after the end of the activities). This means that the coordinating institution in each country will have to cover this amount of money beforehand.
The presentation of the total distribution of the money had some minor faults. A correct version will be sent asap.
5. FINAL REPORT TO COMMISSION
6. ANNUAL REPORTS FROM NATIONAL COORDINATORS FOR 2005
The final report to the Socrates Commission is a set of standard forms which all national coordinators are well acquainted with. The overall coordinator will give the information asked for and summarise the activities to verify that the network has fulfilled what was promised in the application. To make this work easier it is necessary for every coordinator to look at the application “promises”, and the “outline” for doing the annual report from partners for 2005, when they do the final revision of their own annual report. The annual reports (2005) should be sent to the overall coordinator as soon as possible after the coordinator meeting.
"Outline" for annual reports - download from coordinator meeting no 7 (Ljubljana april 2005).
7. MAIN EVENTS
The main events for all partners in 2005 were the conference in Ljubljana in April (plus parallell activities before and after the actual two day conference), and the Oldenburg course for teachers (plus parallel expert confference) just finished (October).
The Conference in Ljubljana presented lectures, workshops, film festival, round table seminar, and offer of cultural activities. Positive: the events had a greater scope and variety than previous conferences (more pre- and post . Negative:compared to the conference in Girona the Ljubljana conference did not have many participants from own country (more than 50 in Spain in 2004). One reason might be that the whole program was presented in English, with no translation to the national language (thus demanding also from local paticipants a certain mastering of the English language). This is an advantage to the foreign participants, however. Exhibitions and local examples of best practice were excellent. Total: satisfaction with the conference theme and the organising of the conference in Ljubljana.
The questionnaires from the Oldenburg course + expert conference will take time to analyse. Dirk Lange, the main responsible person for the course + conference, was satisfied both with the lectures and the lecturers. The content was relevant. Co-organisers of the expert conference seem to be happy also. Perhaps more time for discussions about new projects and less time for presenting old or ongoing ones. Formal lectures with full translation were tiring for some of the participants not used to this (!). Also suggested that a good alternative to a workshop might be posters and small exhibitions.
8. CO-WORKING PROJECTS
Progress of these projects were commented:
-Erasmus MA Migration
-Erasmus Culture Capital Stavanger 2008
-EU Research: 7th Framework Programme
9. OTHER BUSINESS