"Social Inclusion in Europe: an Educational Challenge"
Brussels, 16th April 2010
Universitat de Barcelona
CREA - Centre of Research in Theories and Practices that Overcome Inequalities
26 - 27 April 2010
In the context of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion, the Directorate-General for Research of the European Commission would like to invite you to a press briefing on the theme of "Social Inclusion by Education in Europe's Multicultural Society".
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PRESS
Journalists will have the unique opportunity to:
1. EU's support for social inclusion
How well do new citizens from outside the EU actually integrate into society here? Are they excluded socially? How vulnerable are they? During the event, the European Commission will present some findings into these questions. Discover which strategies can promote integration and social inclusion, learn about the educational challenges posed by migration-related diversity and explore how minority ethnic youth can be protected against marginalisation.
2. New results and new challenges to foster social inclusion
The press event will showcase four successful EU-funded research projects on social inclusion by education, presenting key advances in the fight against social exclusion:
3. Visit to the Mare de Deu de Montserrat primary school
The "Mare de Deu de Montserrat" primary school is located in a very disadvantaged and marginalized neighbourhood in the outskirts of Barcelona. It is a state school for children aged 3 to 12. The school is already successfully implementing the strategies identified in the INCLUD-ED project. Nowadays, school failure is often connected to the increase of immigrant students. However, the Mare de Deu de Montserrat is a clear example that educational performance is not linked to the ethnic composition of the classroom but rather to the implementation of best practices and evidence-based methods that have proven to be successful.
European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion Website: www.2010againstpoverty.eu
For additional information
Information & Communication Officer
European Commission, DG Research
Tel. +32 2 295 74 14
For additional information and registration:
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
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