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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 25427)  

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Title Module 2 Teaching Multiculturalism Training 
Description The main objective of this module is to develop knowledge and understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of intercultural understanding as well as of an interactive, collaborative methodology of teaching and training
-30 trainees
-3 days
-3 facilitators
Status Completed 
Date 01/12/2009 - 04/12/2009 
Location Mavrovo, Kosovo*
Countries Others: Kosovo*
  Joint Programme Activity - Kosovo-IBP
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Kosovo-IBP - Education in Kosovo: Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process*    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2008/DG4/JP/1763   Education in UNMIK/Kosovo : Inter-culturalism and the Bologna Process
Expected Result 1.3 - Teacher training for multiculturalism a. teacher trainers and teachers trained in the key competences for intercultural education and dialogue and mediation and peaceful resolution of conflicts as well as in appropriate methodology of teaching and training b. regional awareness of the fundamental role of intercultural education and appropriate methodology of teaching raised, including exchange of views on the role of education for the future; views on educational initiatives in the areas mentioned above exchanged c. cooperation, exchange of experiences and mutual support between teachers trainers and teachers put into operation
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.1 – Education and linguistic diversity: promoting democratic culture
Programme ☆ V.1.1  Organisation and contents of European education for democratic citizenship and intercultural understanding
Project 2002/DG4/94 Linking policy and practice for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural education
Expected Result 3 Sustainable mechanisms, guidelines and methods for increasing the qualification and professionalism of educational staff in EDC/HRE are developed.

Working Method

Organisation of meetings - Workshop (excl. training) 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Education & Languages)
CoE Contact KEATING, Sarah   email
Web Pages
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1 http://www.ibp-kosovo.org  
Last Modified 07/12/2009 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 25427) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) The aims of the second module were :
1.To further develop knowledge and understanding of conceptual issues, (concepts of culture, identity, diversity, discrimination, stereotypes...);
2.To review all the activities that were piloted in the 2 previous workshops and develop a deeper understanding of their aims and methodology;
3.To get feedback on the activities that participants have piloted since module 1;
4.To develop a framework for the inter-module tasks.
Output/Results oThe concepts of ICU were discussed through group work on the soon to be published CoE document “The dimensions of intercultural education” by Gerd Neuner; followed by a lecture on the main concepts; culture, identity, diversity and human rights.
oThe activities were reviewed and deeper understanding was developed. A good methodological discussion followed the exercise on the previous activities from the seminar and Module 1 on the necessity to deconstruct the activities to understand how their explicit content (topic) and implicit or hidden content (method) develop ICU.
oPresentations of piloting experiences from participants in the introduction of the module showed a very good level of dedication to the project and a developing understanding of methods and concepts.
oThe next steps were outlined in collaboration with the KEC team. The process for the follow up phases was identified, understood and participants engaged very actively in this session thus demonstrating their interest and motivation toward developing their practice as teachers.
Conclusions/Follow Up Strong points:
-The main objectives of the programme were attained.
-The quality of participant’s feedback on their piloting experience shows that the two previous workshops were successful in raising awareness and understanding of teaching for ICU.
-The ongoing participation of the Serb speaking participants present in the workshop and the good relations between Serbian speaking and Albanian speaking participants are proof of a considerable achievement of the project. The group is thus modeling ICU in situ.
-The pacing of the module was adequate and the group had enough time to complete the activities and debrief sufficiently.
-Peer learning was a very strong component of the module.
-There was a good atmosphere and ethos in the group .
-Participants voiced unanimously that they feel empowered to act as multipliers.
-The interpretation was of better quality.
-The venue was excellent.

Areas of improvement:
-Most participants felt that they achieved a better understanding of concepts, but 1/3 of the group felt they had not gained more understanding from the previous module.
-The team of facilitators chose to put in place structures meant to best reproduce the challenging real life situations of the local school system. Some participants had difficulties relating to this choice and regretted that facilitators were not flexible enough to accommodate their own needs.
-The micro teaching activity and it’s debriefing session, especially showed that the participants do not yet grasp the importance of attitude and behaviour (through body language, voice, handling discipline, avoiding public humiliation of pupils who do not listen...) in developing their teaching for ICU.
-There are still too many participants who don’t dare speak in plenary sessions.
-5 Participants did not show up in the morning of day 3.
-Better quality training facilities and technical equipment are needed (seminar room, computer, microphones, etc…).

Inter-module tasks – peer training :
The aim of the tasks is to help teachers implement ICU through a cross curricular approach and start the cascading process (multiplying the training):
1.Each teacher will develop a lesson plan that implements ICU in their subject matter.
2.He/she will get feedback to improve the lesson plan and ensure that it is true to the CoE principles in education for ICU.
3.Each teacher will implement this lesson plan in his\her class.
4.They will invite 1 or 2 colleagues to observe their teaching and these colleagues should in turn use the lesson in their own class.
5.A portfolio is made available for participants to record their progress (professional development). They were given a folder and materials to start their portfolio.
6.Evaluation/materials for debriefing with the colleagues have been uploaded on the project platform and participants will, with the support of the KEC team, be able to evaluate their teaching experiences.

For the programme of the next module:
oFocus on ways to implement ICU not only through content (topic), but also through the way one teaches (methods) and through one’s attitude (savoir être): “so the means, so the end”
oReal time meta-analysis of our own methods as facilitators during the training sessions should help participant grasp the importance and interconnectedness of savoir-être and savoir faire in teachers’ and teacher trainers’practices.
oThe team should introduce the concepts of teacher development. We suggest using results from the CoE Pestalozzi 2009 project “Core components for teaching for sustainable democratic societies” to pursue this aim.
oThere is a need to employ specific training methods to get everyone to talk during plenary sessions.
Participants Over 37 Kosovar teachers (the majority teaching in Albanian language and 7 teaching in Serbian language)
Ministry of Education
oNita Dermaku – Asllani
oAfërdita Kryeziu 
Consultants/Experts Pestalozzi team of facilitators
oRasa Askinyte-Degesiene, Lithuania
oPascale Mompoint-Gaillard, France
oHans Peter Schmidtke, Germany 
CoE Secretariat Emir Adzovic, project co-ordinator 
Total No. Participants 50 
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  * All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.  
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