MigEDU-Diss (Migration Education – Dissemination Project)
|Dan D. Daatland|
|Address:||University of Stavanger (coordinator)|
|Student ages:||- - -|
Application under the Transversal Programme (LLP): Key Activity 4 (Dissemination and exploitation of results).
Partners: University of Stavanger (Norway), Malmö University (Sweden), Universidade Aberta (Lisbon, Portugal), Carl von Ossietzky University (Oldenburg, Germany), University of Nova Gorica (Slovenia), University of South Bohemia (Czech Republic).
“The complex topic of education and migration” – this is the phrasing chosen by EU Commission DG Education and Culture in a recent letter (March 2008) connected to the preparation of a new Green Paper on this issue.
The Consortium behind the present application – MigEdu-Diss – represents a number of projects and networks (Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig) that have worked particularly with the challenge that int. migration raises for education at large. There is now a growing need to pool the results from such projects and networks, and to do this by the help of joint dissemination events and exploitation materials.
This is the core of the application.
Results from some of these projects will be disseminated in dedicated seminars (3) for a larger audience.
In addition, the needs of targeted groups like staff in schools/kindergartens, staff and students of teacher training programmes, educational authorities, and didactic researchers of migration and education will be met in dedicated workshops/round tables (2) discussing transversal issues covered by several of the mentioned projects and networks.
Added to these five dissemination events will be the production of exploitation materials (guidelines and reports for the targeted groups mentioned) plus the updating of the existing web site of one network (Comenius 3) to hold and distribute the produced materials.
The expectation is that this pooling of efforts will help in the process of sustaining the work of EU-supported networks into lasting associations or foundations, and thus uphold the complementary relationship between networks/associations/foundations (long term) on one hand, and the more focused projects (short term) on the other – much in line with what has been the strategy of the EU Commission.
The phenomenon of migration is high on the political agenda in European countries. European authorities have addressed the challenges of int. migration for member countries on several occations. They are far too many to list here, but one could e.g. point to political documents published as a result of the Lisbon European Council and later elaborated in the Stockholm and Barcelona European Councils, and to very recent plans of The European Commission DG Education and Culture (see quote in the text box below).
The Consortium behind this application (“MigEdu-Diss”) has been involved in the challenges raised by increasing migration for particuarly the educational sector the last years. This has been dealt with in new higher education courses for the MA-level (Erasmus CD project), in in-service courses for teachers (Comenius) and in initiatives in teacher training (Comenius), and in the training of adult migrants (Grundtvig).
The consortium feels a need for these initiatives to meet in joint seminars where the experience gained so far can meet a larger audience, also involving public authorities and relevant NGOs.
There is a growing demand for results based on practical experience in this field. The Consortium represents different projects creating such results, and they (partner institutions) are also members of the same Com 3 network (LearningMigration) with the aim of continuing this collaboration in the future as an association.
One out of many examples of this growing demand is a very recent request from DG Education and Culture European Commission:
“”The European Commission DG Education and Culture is currently working on a Green Paper on the complex topic of Education and migration. The Green Paper, to be presented in June 2008, will include a short review of remarkable projects co-financed by the European Commission's Socrates programme.– We are looking for projects that have produced significant outputs on the theory and/or practice of intercultural and multicultural education, language education, social inequalities as addressed by educational policies – all of them having a clear correlation to the migrants target group. A clear, user-friendly and updated website, providing access to the material produced and information on the project is an asset for our selection.””
(DG Education and Culture, European Commission, letter of March 26, 2008).