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EYID – as the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 ends soon…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on December 17, 2008

  1. Continued commitment to intercultural dialogue at the EYID closing conference
  2. Media education the focus for the 2009 Evens Intercultural Education Prize
  3. Green Paper on Migration & education
  4. Radio 1812 invites you to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December
  5. Imagine. Create. Innovate.” – next year in Europe
  6. ZwischenSCHRITT” (“Intermediate step”): Closing Event of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in Austria
  7. The Home not Home exhibition travels across Sweden, Germany and Turkey
European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008

European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID) 2008

    • Continued commitment to intercultural dialogue at the EYID closing conference

    “The end of this Year’s campaign is by no means the end of our commitment to intercultural dialogue”, promised Ján Figel’, European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, at the closing conference of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008.
    The conference in Paris, organised by the French Presidency of the European Union and the European Commission on 17-19 November, welcomed more than 600 participants from across Europe and beyond. Under the title “New Perspectives for Intercultural Dialogue in Europe”, top-level speakers, including Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Christine Albanel, French Minister of Culture and Communication, and Odile Quintin, General Director of DG Education and Culture of the European Commission, reflected on the projects undertaken during the year, and on the lessons for stimulating intercultural dialogue over the long term.
    Abd Al Malik, Ambassador for the European Year, stressed the importance of artists in promoting intercultural dialogue in the world, and the conference featured a wide range of visual and artistic expressions, as well as round table discussions examining the role of the media, the potential for public action, teaching methods in education for intercultural dialogue, and intercultural dialogue between Europe and non-EU countries.
    Read on…

    • Media education the focus for the 2009 Evens Intercultural Education Prize

    The importance of media education for young children will be the theme of the Evens Prize for Intercultural Education to be awarded in 2009, under the patronage of Viviane Reding, European Commissioner for Information Society and Media. The Evens Foundation wants to stimulate efforts to develop media literacy and media intelligence among children aged 4 to 12 years. The prize of EUR 50.000 will be distributed among the best projects that raise critical awareness, comprehension, cultural awareness and creativity, so as to help develop critical and active citizens.
    Proposals will be invited from teachers or parents involved in formal or non-formal education with children in the target age group. Around the theme of Learning to Live Together, proposals should demonstrate the development of intercultural competences – the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes to function flexibly in plural and diverse societies in an increasingly globalizing world. Communication skills linked to negotiation and a broad range of perspectives are central to this approach, in which educators redefine their role and become mediators and guides rather than knowledge transmitters.
    Applications before Jan 15. Details from .
    Read on…

    • Green Paper on Migration and education

    This is your chance to actively participate in European policy making on education systems! The European Commission is inviting opinions on how education policies could be improved to face the challenges posed by immigration and by the movement of families around the EU.
    Significant numbers of children in Europe’s schools now come from other Member States, or from outside the EU altogether. A Commission Green Paper adopted in July opens the debate on the best ways of dealing with this new reality.
    Everyone is entitled to give their views on what should be done, and what the EU should do to support Member States. But hurry – you have to contribute before 31 December. Send your contribution to: The European Commission will analyse the results of the consultation, and publish its conclusions in early 2009.
    Issues include preventing the creation of segregated school settings, ensuring fair treatment for all in education, and accommodating the growing diversity of languages and cultural perspectives. It’s important, because many migrant children are at risk from educational disadvantage, and the risk is often passed on to the next generation too. Policies can make a difference, improving everyone’s chances, and helping create a more integrated society.
    Read on…

    • Radio 1812 invites you to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December

    For the third time, Radio 1812 will bring together radio stations from around the world to celebrate International Migrants Day on 18 December. Last year, some 150 radio stations from more than 30 countries took part in this event. From Australia to Argentina, from Spain to Senegal, and from Belgium to Bolivia, small community-based radio stations as well as large public and international broadcasters produced and aired special programmes on migration.
    During this European Year for Intercultural Dialogue, celebrating International Migrants Day presents an extra opportunity to bring the stories from migrants to European audiences. Radio 1812 is therefore ready to welcome radio journalists – and anyone else – interested in participating to get in touch with The goal is an even wider coverage in the European Union than in previous years.
    Read on…

    • “Imagine. Create. Innovate.” – next year in Europe

    2009 has been designated the “European Year of Creativity and Innovation”. The European Commission launched the communication campaign on 5 December, with the slogan “Imagine. Create. Innovate.”.
    The aim is to promote creative and innovative approaches in different sectors of human activity, to better equip the European Union for the challenges ahead in a globalised world.
    “The European Year of Innovation and Creativity 2009 will help unlock Europe’s creative and innovative potential, a task that has become even more important in times of economic crisis”, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Training and Youth Ján Figel’ said during the launch ceremony.
    “What I would like to see at the end of the Year is that the citizens of Europe understand better that by promoting human talents and the human capacity to innovate, we can actively shape Europe for the better, to help it fully develop its potential, both economically and socially”, Figel’ said.
    Governments, businesses and civil society should engage in a debate on how Europeans should change for the EU to remain competitive on the global stage while also preserving “a socially cohesive society, united in its rich diversity”, the commissioner said.
    The launch – which also involved three of the ambassadors of the Year, Jordi Savall, Edward de Bono, and Karlheinz Brandenburg – culminated with a concert of the Vienna Vegetable Orchestra.
    To read more, please visit the official website of the Year 2009 at .

    • “ZwischenSCHRITT” (“Intermediate step”): Closing Event of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in Austria

    On 27 November, in Vienna, 200 young people celebrated at the dance event “ZwischenSCHRITT”. The youth event provided the chance to review the diverse activities of the European Year 2008 and to look forward to the European Year of Creativity and Innovation 2009. The dance performance “Tanz die Toleranz – form of expression”, the multilingual rap and dance presentation of “MUCKEMCY and friends” as well as the music of “Rappaholix” were the night’s highlights.
    The Federal Ministry of Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK) was the National Coordinating Body in Austria for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue (EYID 2008) and has encouraged close cooperation with other ministries, social partners and key contacts in the sectors of education, culture, youth and media.
    In January, 2008, the Federal Minister, Claudia Schmied, founded a new department in terms of sustainability within the BMUKK for migration, intercultural education and language politics.
    In time for the end of the European Year 2008, the opening concert “Be a Mensch” is also now available on DVD, featuring 40 musicians from four continents.
    For further information: .

    • The Home not Home exhibition travels across Sweden, Germany and Turkey

    Home not Home, an intercultural project examining new conceptions of “home” in Europe today, is currently on tour around Sweden, Turkey and Germany: This artistic co-operation is creating new frames of artistic references through its focus on women’s stories and identity. These new cultural experiences and perspectives are designed to increase intercultural understanding.
    Home not Home has three key elements. “Head on” is a contemporary theatre performance based on the award-winning movie by Fatih Akin, produced by the Riksteatern and directed by Dritëro Kasapi. It is a touching love story, with plenty of live music, about an unexpected encounter which changes the lives of two people for ever. In a second room, the video installation “Restore Hope: See me!”, by the Turkish artist Selda Asal, reveals the stories of vulnerable people on the margins of society. And a forum entitled “The Room in Between” offers discussions, audience research and seminars organized by Intercult, Re:Orient and Sprong in collaboration with local partners in each city.
    All the activities raise existential questions from a global perspective by touching subjects such as love, identity, power or hate. Home not Home has been developed as the Swedish national project for the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue.
    Read on…

    (Source: 12/2008 – EYID Newsletter | The EYID Team | European Commission, Directorate-General Education and Culture)

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