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Slovenia will host II. Euro-Mediterranean conference on intercultural dialogue Educate for Dialogue

Ljubljana, 6 October 2017 - Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, the Anna Lindh Foundation, the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia and the Euro-Mediterranean University – EMUNI are organising a conference on intercultural citizenship education (ICE) in the Euro-Mediterranean region which will take place on 9 and 10 October in Piran, Slovenia.


Our political efforts in pursuit of regional and international stability are increasingly widening to encompass elements of ‘soft security’, starting with our citizens' well-being. Across the Euro-Mediterranean region, which is characterised by increased movements of people and increased multiculturality, the ‘feel-good’ factor also largely depends on the success of intercultural and inter-faith dialogue.


In this context, education has taken centre stage – education that creates not only employable, but also responsible and engaged young citizens. It must involve the widest range of social stakeholders to empower new generations, from the youngest onwards, with the social, civic and intercultural skills required in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world.


The conference will be a major EuroMed event to showcase, debate and advocate for intercultural citizenship education as a central tool for intercultural dialogue, and to offer a set of recommendations for governments, schools, trainers and other social stakeholders. It will provide an opportunity for networking to exchange good practices and create a shared approach to promoting intercultural citizenship education. It will involve experts, educators, representatives of national and local education authorities, international organisations, civil society and other social stakeholders from across the region.


The recently launched Anna Lindh Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship Education in the Euro-Mediterranean region constitutes an important reference work for developing the conference agenda. Developed by a multi-country team, in consultation with some 300 regional educators, it is a unique intercultural resource, proposing a common pedagogical approach to intercultural citizenship education across the EuroMed region.


The conference includes plenary sessions, interactive debates, and a ‘networking café’ to create new partnerships and exchange good practices. The working languages are English, French, Arabic and Slovenian.