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Cultures from Around the Block

The urban setting is both a place of integration and division. The Multicultural Centre Prague recognises the important part dialogue between divided group can play in overcoming the problems that often persist in ethnically diverse cities, and thus has undertaken the project Cultures from Around the Block, a flagship project as apart of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. For more information click here.

Libraries as Gateways to the Integration of Immigrants in the EU

The project aims at best possible local integration of immigrants in different EU countries through education and information provided in public libraries. For more information, please click here

Integra

Integra is a project which falls under an integrated approach of the person handicapped in ordinary employment. In several their aspects, our societies are built according to the needs for an average citizen, non handicapped. Some are thus excluded from it: they do not have access to the same rights or opportunities which are offered.
This uneven situation is present in various fields such as education, mobility, employment, the access to work whereas the latter make individual still today, "a socially integrated being".
Although the European Community works actively since many years with the promotion of the improvement of the living and working conditions of the handicapped people, and that legal provisions are taken in certain countries in order to better integrate them on the labour market, force is to note that this scenario remains generally an exception. Indeed, the handicapped people of birth (or following an accident during their professional or even private life), encounter difficulties of all kinds, this whatever their handicap.
2003, the European Year of the Handicapped People, was undoubtedly one of the agents which allowed an awakening of lived and difficulties encountered by the handicapped person as well as multiform complexity of the handicap but nothing is still gained and the way is still long to naturally see changing "the glance".

Goals:

  • To contribute to make fall the obstacles which meet of the workers handicapped to reach employment, at the working station in the companies: a challenge for each one.
  • To show the employment of the handicapped people, like a positive factor for the company: a change of mentality, a taboo to be eliminated.


Target groups:
  • Trade-union representatives
  • Persons in charge for human resources in the companies
  • Operators of formation
  • Handicapped people


The project is articulated around three axes:
  • Observation: Constitution of a common corpus of knowledge on the methods installation for the integration of the people handicapped in employment in each country of the partnership. Description of the most effective practices.
  • Action-Sensitizing: Constitution of bank good practices of sensitizing already developed in the countries of the partnership and measurement of their impacts. Sensitizing of the actors who can intervene and support the integration of the people handicapped in the work context.
  • Action-Formation: Realization of a specific module of formation addressing to the representatives of workers.

Activities:
Four seminars will punctuate the project during the years 2006 and 2007:
In Barcelona, May 2006
In Prague, November 2006
In Rzesozw (Poland), April 2007
In Brussels, October/November 2007

Guide-Tools will be produced. These guides will include:
  • best practices of integration in each country of the partnership
  • publicity campaigns ' all public' and specifically work context (various visual aids)
  • a module of formations carrying the sensitizing and the action of the representatives of the workers (teaching equipment)

During the project a web site updated www.eu-integra.org regularly presents the evolution of work and tools.

Project coordinator: Michaela Vodenková Poláková
Phone.: 296 325 349
E-mail: education@mkc.cz

Intercultural Map

Integration of immigrants is one of the greatest challenges that European countries face. One precondition for successful integration strategies is the cooperation among players active in the field. A joint initiative of Lai-momo, Africa e Mediteraneo (both Italy), Centre Bruxellois d'Action Interculturelles (Belgium), Agora (Spain) and the Multicultural Centre Prague, this project aims to foster coordination and co-operation.

This initiative intends to provide an answer to some urgent questions: how is the European society coping with growing immigration? What actors are active in the intercultural sphere? What approaches do they use? Are they interacting with minority groups? How could the various sections of society develop a shared view of intercultural knowledge?

The project's result will be a European map of intercultural projects. This map should present cognitive, theoretical and methodological instruments to organizations and individuals active in the field of integration of immigrants. Results will be catalogued and included in a database of intercultural projects and subjects. The database will be available online and open to suggestions and additions to constantly update and expand it.

The project has been generously supported by the European Commission (JLS/2004/INTI/153 INTI Program - Integration of Immigrants).

Coordinator: Marek Čaněk
E-mail: mise@mkc.cz
Phone: +420 296 325 348

Adult Education in Interculturality

This is an international project with participants from the Czech Republic, Romania and Spain focusing on the development, exchange and broadening of innovative approaches to adult education in interculturalism. The project is coordinated by the Center for Continuing Education for Teachers of Adults of the Department of Education, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

The project has several objectives:
  • Specialized training for education of adults (professional, volunteer, non-governmental sector) who can apply these innovative approaches in their work;
  • Support, supervision and orientation of education of adults in interculturalism;
  • Development, implementation and publication of four educational modules to strengthen European, democratic, plural, and multicultural society with regard to the conditions in each participant's country;
  • Evaluate findings from the Czech project and other educational projects by the Multicultural Center Prague and disseminate printed and electronic versions of modules (HTML).

The two-year project takes place in the context of the European Union's Grundtvig project in the area of continuing education for adults. The project is financially supported by the European Union's Grundtvig Scheme.

November 27 - December 1, 2000 - Education about Minorities and for Minorities

This international seminar about multicultural education in various parts of Europe took place in the context of the EU-ARION project. Discussions about the suitability, form and content of multicultural education take place in many parts of the world as more and more societies are becoming increasingly heterogeneous. Education of minorities inspires a debate about approaches toward diversity in schools, making of curricula and general educational community processes. The international seminar contributed to the debate concerning the Czech Republic's system of education and focused on the following topics:

  • Different models of multicultural education;
  • Support, supervision and orientation of education of adults in interculturalism;
  • Preparation of teachers for multicultural education;
  • Linguistic diversity in schools;
  • Heterogeneity and its appreciation in the school environment.

The seminar participants included teachers, school principals and inspectors from the Czech Republic and a number of EU members including the UK, Finland, Italy, Spain, Ireland and Greece. The project was financially supported by the Open Society Fund Prague and the European Union's Socrates-ARION program.