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GEM IN - Game to EMbrace INtercultural education


Lifespan
December 2019- 2021

Project at a glance
The purpose of the project GEM IN “Game to EMbrace INtercultural education” is to support intercultural education at school and in non-formal youth environments as vehicle to foster social inclusion, cross-cultural dialogue and active citizenship by promoting European values. At the same time the project intends to provide inputs and policy recommendations for intervention strategies to promote intercultural education and active citizenship through an innovative educational framework.

Short description
GEM IN project aims to disseminate and scale up a selection of good practices developed within a previous project titled GEM in schools, non-formal and youth educational environments, promoting intercultural education as key level to enhance the acquisition of social and civic competences and to promote the ownership of shared values.

 

Step 1: The good practices from the GEM for EuroMed project will be adapted and transferred to a sample of 6 selected European countries: Austria, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Portugal.
A sample of 6 selected European countries will implement at a higher/systemic level the good practices adapted. In addition, the GEM IN project will further develop some components of the previous implemented programme, building on lessons learned, on one side and introducing ICT based innovative elements, on the other one enabling them to support students

Step 2: Upscaling intercultural Education
GEM IN shall equip teachers and non-formal educators with ad hoc training and a set of tools and methodologies and young people to get a deeper knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights, thus enhancing their social and civic competences.
The project shall also promote critical reflection and innovative approaches to discuss about citizenship education under an intercultural perspective. GEM IN will lead the envisaged targets to discover common values and fundamental rights, thanks to an educational path that will be mostly based on “learning by playing” approach, which represents one of the most valuable assets of the good practice to be scaled up.

Step 3: Exploitation, policy impact and follow-up
In a final step, the know-how and products developed will be translated into policy recommendations for intervention strategies to promote intercultural education thus contributing to strengthen a common European identity valorising all its diversity through education and culture. Common values, inclusive and intercultural education, civic competences, European dimension, participation and good practices are the key words of GEM IN in order to help to create vibrant civil societies following the motto "unity in diversity".

Activities
International workshops, training of teachers and non-formal educators using the pedagogical kit, round tables with policy makers and headmasters.

Partners
CESIE Italy Lead project
Vittorio Emanuele II (Italy)
Symplexis (Greece)
Regional Directorate of primary and secondary education in Western Greece (Greece)
INOVA+ (Portugal)
Casa do Professor (Portugal)
CARDET (Cyprus)
The Grammar School Nicosia (Cyprus)
Verein Multikulturell (Austria)

Outcomes
A Project platform will allow to maintain communication with target groups and relevant stakeholders.
An Educational programme: a series of tested quality pedagogical tools to support teachers, educators and social workers in their daily work with students and young people.

  • The board game created in the framework of the GEM for EuroMed project will be adapted with the new contexts in order to better meet the needs of the newly identified target groups.
  • A catalogue of good practices will be used as a basis for designing a guide on methodological approach of the educational programme.

     

Policy recommendations: an operational pack for Educational and policy stakeholders: will be produced in order to provide policy makers and educational stakeholders with practical guidelines in the development of intervention strategies at both local and national level on two main issues:

  • The integration and implementation of intercultural citizenship educational programmes in formal and non-formal educational environments
  • And supporting the acquisition of social, civic competences and the understanding of common values.

 

A GEM IN Label gained by the participant to the community of practice will be awarded to new schools and educational centres applying the GEM in Educational programme.


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