Barry van Driel
International Association for Intercultural Education
Schools across Europe can play a crucial role for building bridges among young people from different backgrounds. Many inspirational initiatives exist but get no recognition. The IAIE plans to identify and give recognition to best practices of social inclusion in educational settings, especially schools that have welcomed and integrated refugees. The IAIE would give small awards to the institutions that have implemented best practices and make educators everywhere aware of these schools .
This would be a European Recognition Award. The IAIE has a huge network of educators around Europe.
The arrival of refugees has spurred much xenophobia, Islamophobia and intolerance, and our project seeks to counter them by shining a light on good practices in educational institutions acknowledging that inclusion, basic respect and interaction among groups are the cornerstone of democracy.
Several educational institutions will have received the acknowledgement, visibility and public platform to demonstrate that intercultural inclusion is something that is not only doable, but desirable for communities across Europe. They will become the positive role models that counter xenophobia.
IAIE already has a network of members that are active in the field of intercultural education, and has published in recent past about good practices in teaching and including refugees in European classrooms. We will identify the good practices through publicizing the project through our network and our partners' network; through research identifying the commonalities among the good practices identified in the process; through a workshop with best practice finalists.
IAIE consists of professionals active in the field of intercultural education, promoting diversity and countering intolerance, and most of us come from intercultural or mixed heritage backgrounds. We believe that schools and universities should take a more active role in social inclusion.
Our key target group are the educators, teachers, educational professions and organizers who go above and beyond their basic job duties in order to devise methods, create opportunities and promote intercultural inclusion and education in their surroundings. We wish to acknowledge
Any ideas or advice is welcome, especially those who already have best practices of social intercultural inclusion that you would want to nominate to be included, featured and promoted in the IAIE Advocate Europe project!