Draft programme

Thursday, the 7th April 2016

18:00 Networking cocktail reception

Friday, the 8th April 2016

9:00 Opening session

Opening Speaker: Benedikt Widmaier

9:40 Thematic Session - Assessing Intercultural Education and its Impact

As a code of practice in education that seeks not to run parallel to, but to support and give depth to our national curricula, Intercultural Learning is a cornerstone of the approach to education in modern multicultural societies. Yet defining the success of Intercultural education and measuring intercultural competence remains a challenge. In the case of Intercultural learning programmes such as youth exchange, very few studies exist to analyze the long term impact of youth programmes on the individual and upon society, highlighting the gap between research, policy and implementation.

Speakers & Challengers: Dr. Julia Zimmermann, Andreas Westerwinter, Guido Frey

11:20 Thematic Session - Innovating approaches to Intercultural Education

Intercultural education is not confined to a single curriculum area. Intercultural education aspires to further improve the quality of education and to have a positive impact on society at large. A variety of approaches and programmes exist today whose goal is to promote Intercultural competence. In broad terms, Intercultural education exists as part of outward looking curriculums locally, but is all too often linked purely to linguistic proficiency. It is very rarely part of a cohesive, national curriculum dedicated to improving the intercultural competence of the public. This is true for programmes which have developed to promote Intercultural competence in a class setting, but even more so for mobility programmes.

Speakers & Challengers: Pierre Willaume, Jean-Pierre Dardaud

14:00 Thematic Session - Building partnerships to improve Intercultural Education

In order to be effective in promoting democratic ideals, our education systems must take into account the increasingly mobile and multicultural nature of modern societies. Difference and cultural, social or religious tension are not topics which we can afford to relegate to secondary levels when we look at the world as it is evolving. Our children need to be equipped to learn how to encounter and live with others in a sustainable way in order for them to become active citizens in the world which we will leave to them. Opportunities for qualitative Intercultural Learning for pupils, through mobility programmes, should be structurally encouraged and supported.

Speakers & Challengers: Anatoli Rakhkochkine, Sigrid Solnik, Jean-Pierre Dardaud

15:30 Round Table - Identifying Need for Intercultural Education and proficiency in the modern world

The idea of youth exchange and mobility, as part of a broader focus on Intercultural Education, has always existed to promote dialogue between people and cultures as an alternative to armed conflict. Whilst there is an enormous industry attached to youth mobility and linguistic exchange programmes, very few international programmes exist between cultures that could genuinely benefit from this fluid exchange of youth and culture, for example between Europe and the MENA countries. Moreover, the need for dialogue between cultures is as much a domestic phenomenon as an international one.

Panelists: Benedikt Widmaier, Benedikt Widmaier, Julia Zimmermann, Pierre Willaume, Anatoli Rakhkochkine

16:30 Closing Session (until 17:00)