Migration, Education

Thinking out of the box


Who is behind this?

Noureddine Erradi

IFA: Integration For All



Who is joining forces?

Schools from six European countries

18 teachers of second language from six European countries will be invited to participate in an integration program . They will represent different European schools currently coaching and teaching immigrants and refugees.

Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

How will 18 teachers of second languages from six European countries react when asked to walk in the shoes of immigrants and refugees? They will follow for three days an integration program in a non-European Environment:Turkish school, or Japanese institute In Brussels. This idea will raise teachers consciousness about two fundamental questions : " What sort of boxes you are in?" " how you think outside of them?"we will provide the answers to these crucial questions which often remain taboo.

Where will your idea take place?

Brussels, Belgium

Why does Europe need your idea?

The teachers in European schools working with immigrants and refugees seem to have important cultural and language teaching problems. Two different worlds that meet but do not connect. The idea of this project is to lead the teachers to their own integration challenges via a program conductive in a non-European environment. Here they will experience and recognize the boxes they find themselves in and what they have to change about how and what they teach.

What is your impact?

In this project the teachers will face and answer the questions posted above" What sort of boxes you are in?" " How can you think outside them?" They wil be enabled to share their learnings and embed them within their schools. Another output will be a video recorded sharing of results and methods in a DVD documentary. This, together with journaling and an evaluation booklet that will be developed during and after their experiences. We expect that within one year more than 500 European schools wi

How do you get there?

18 European teachers of second languages from six European countries, will be invited to follow an integration program in a non-European environment conducted in a Turkish school in Tilburg,NL) for a period of three days. They will be interviewed in Turkish through an interpreter; and engage in a Turkish language course. The participants will be filmed and interviewed. They will be asked to write their own evaluations with tips and recommendations for their European colleagues.The documentary and booklet will be used by the participants within their schools, and also handed to their Ministries of Education. The presentation of the documentary will be in premiere at The European Parliament. The coordinator will contact the participants 6 months later to evaluate the long-term results

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

Teachers of second languages to migrants and refugees, coaches, trainers, policy makers, directors of schools and Media who are specialised in the integration issues, researchers, University students in intercultural competence studies, ministries of education and integration

What makes your idea stand apart?

This idea is unique. When you gather teachers from different European countries to follow an integration program in a non-European environment a feeling of solidarity is created from the outset. They will try to help each others as a group. They will become highly conscious of their teaching styles with immigrants.This project gives them this opportunity to get out of their boxes and look at the prejudices that sometimes prevented them from being successful in their teaching methods.

€ 45500,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 50000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

Production, travel and accommodation cost in tilburg,NL 10.000 €, Equipment, school ,filming and making interviews 15000 €, Personal costs 10.000 €, Implementation website The Other side of the medal 8.500 €, PR, marketing en dissemination of results 6.500 €.

What do you need from the Advocate Europe community?

Each new idea can awaken curiosity, creativity and action. I hope this idea can inspire many many people since it deals with the major problems we are facing today and have to solve for the future. the idea is for sure a one step ahead to new solutions and positive awareness



Idea created on Feb. 24, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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