Intercultural dialogue is a feature and fundamental objective of all Euro-Mediterranean youth activities. Intercultural dialogue is also a cross-cutting theme for the Council of Europe and the European Commission and is meant to be an implicit part of all the Euro-Mediterranean activities, since intercultural dialogue is a matter of each and everyone one of us.

In line with this approach, the EU-CoE youth partnership organised training courses, seminars on intercultural dialogue, as well as launched the project on the Indicators for intercultural dialogue in non-formal learning/ education activities as a tool for organisers, facilitators, trainers of non-formal learning / education activities.


Euro-Mediterranean seminar 'Indicators for intercultural dialogue in non-formal education activities', September 2011, Spain

Mollina, Spain, 22-24 September 2011 

In the framework of the 12th University on youth and development

The seminar brought together twenty five youth workers, trainers in non-formal education, educational experts and researchers, stakeholders, and youth policy experts from the Euro-Mediterranean region, and aimed to discuss the relevance, feasibility and practical implementation of the project on indicators for intercultural dialogue for non-formal education activities.

As one of the outcomes of the seminar, the next steps of the work on Intercultural Dialogue indicators and criteria have been agreed upon. After the consolidation of the draft version of the document presented in Mollina - which may take the form of "guidelines", a test phase will take place. The process will be two-fold: the list of indicators and criteria will serve as a check-list for organisers of activities focusing, tackling or including ICD, and the indicators as such may be adjusted to support evaluation processes and tools (evaluation forms, ex-ante and ex-post evaluations). The test phase will include participants from the seminar ‘Indicators for Intercultural Dialogue in Non-formal Education Activities' but will also take into account other actors such as those actively involved in adult education, in Erasmus, in publications linked to intercultural learning and intercultural dialogue such as the T-Kit on Intercultural Learning (currently under a revision process) or in international organisations such as UNESCO or the Alliance of Civilizations, to name a few. A second seminar may then be organised to look at the outcomes of the test phase and thoroughly examine the revised version of the "guidelines" and list of criteria and indicators.