The Italian Erasmus+ National Agency is organizing, as part of its training and promotional activities, an international contact seminar to take place in Palermo, 13-15 October 2016. The seminar aims at promoting cooperation and improving the quality of the international projects within the Key Action 2, Strategic Partnership in the sector of adult education. It will be an occasion to reinforce the impact of Erasmus+ Programme in line with the sectorial priorities related to adult education, with a particular focus on social inclusion of immigrants residing in Europe.
The increase of migration flows in recent years calls for a support either for individual learning (language, basic knowledge, and values of host societies) and for social learning (strengthening intercultural understanding and mutual respect). It is more and more urgent to ensure a shared comprehension of new and complicated challenges facing us. Therefore, it is important to promote a new cultural paradigm, in order to stimulate positive actions aimed at promoting active citizenship in different traditions and cultures. The sense of being active citizens in a multicultural and multiethnic society is at the center of this seminar that will stimulate a broad reflection on inclusion and informed citizenship.
People need to update their skills in order to enter and/or remain in the job market where knowledge implies having essential intercultural competences. The intercultural dialogue can and must pass through the exchange and comparison between generations of adults and young people, in shared places, in the family, at work, in social and cultural life.
The new policies in Europe and in the world must address and improve the opportunities and incentives for adults with poor basic skills, in particular for migrants and refugees, men and women who live and work in countries new to them, where they can build a full, active citizenship for a better future.
The Erasmus + programme will contribute to the growth and development of new educational approaches aimed at adults. Projects can be, in fact, a starting point to improve literacy and digital skills of citizens through the encounter with immigrants that promotes social inclusion.
Representatives of institutions concerned with this theme and involved in adult education sectors: teachers, trainers, educators, stakeholders, social workers and volunteers.
Institutions from the formal and non-formal adult education sector: evening schools, universities, public administration, employment centers, social parts, youth associations, socio-cultural associations.
by National Agency Erasmus+ Indire