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RELIGION, BELIEFS AND LAICITY IN
CULTURAL HERITAGE TO
FOSTER SOCIAL INCLUSION
IN ADULT TRAININGS
REBELAH is a two year strategic partnership involving 6 organizations in 4 countries: Storytelling Centre (NL), University of Groningen (NL), Elan Interculturel (FR), Kepes (HU), Ibn Battuta Foundation (SP) and La Xixa Teatre as project coordinator (SP).
CONTEXT AND NEEDS
Exclusionary narratives that surge throughout Europe are entering the learning environments, negatively affecting religious and ethnic minority learners. In a training group with 15 adults: in Spain, 3 participants would feel uncomfortable with a Muslim or a Roma peer; in France 2 and 3 respectively, in the Netherlands, 1 each; and in Hungary more than half the group would be uncomfortable with either a Muslim or a Roma peer. In such a context, cultural heritage is an essential tool for both trainers and learners to recover Europe’s plural past in favour of inclusive and safe learning spaces.
In the context of adult trainings, we will:
Foster inclusion, diversity and non-discrimination, particularly in regards to religious minorities
Promote the social and educational value of European cultural heritage and its potential to generate interreligious co-existence
Extend and develop competences of adult trainers to foster inclusion through their teaching practice, particularly in multicultural learner contexts.
REBELAH’s main target group are adult trainers. Secondary target groups are adult learners, activists, community leaders and local minorities. Policy makers, heritage and adult trainer organizations will also be targeted by the project to assure increased impact of project activities and outputs. We expect to involve 444 participants from the different target group in project activities, and disseminate the project to the over 50,000 people that compose our consortium's social network base.
Partner experience in adult education shows that the Critical Incident Methodology, Forum Theatre, Process Work, Storytelling, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Metacognitive Therapy are methods which allow for a profound transformation of the learning environment, and are useful in building trainer and learner skills on how to comprehensively address conflicts, discriminatory behaviours and cultural shocks. We will bring these embodied methodologies into the field of cultural heritage, to generate an innovative approach to inclusive adult learning environments, in particularly for minority learners.
✦ “Fostering inclusive learning environments through cultural heritage: Tool-kit for adult trainers.” The toolkit is composed of an interactive map with multi-format narratives about cultural heritage elements, infosheets, and an activity handbook with related teambuilders.
✦ “Inclusion, religion and beliefs in secular adult learning environments: a train the trainer handbook.” The handbook contents include a theoretical introduction on the educational value of cultural heritage to generate inclusive learning environments with special attention to religion and beliefs, followed by modules on different tools that are relevant for the trainer to gain intercultural competence in their teaching practice. Each module should work as a “learning journey/path of self-discovery” where trainers can gain awareness about their heritage, their identity, how this impacts their teaching practice, and how to make their teaching practice more inclusive.
During the project we will be holding workshops and conferences, as well as creating relevant tools for educators and community leaders.
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