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Project Outline

European Migration, Minorities and Prejudices

Socrates – Comenius, Action 1 (European Educational Project)

Preliminary Remarks

European societies have tremendously changed in the 20th Century. Out of political, economical , cultural and ethnic reasons people have had to move from one country to another. This process of voluntary and involuntary migration has created social tensions within the different European societies. Prejudices against the minorities have been the result of the migration process. Given the present economical and social problems in the various European societies educators have to teach the young generation to be tolerant towards minorities in their own countries as well as towards their European neighbours.

The new information and communication technologies - especially the Internet and the World Wide Web - offer a good chance to create a better understanding of other cultures and ethnic groups by having a look at people in the own as well in other countries and the reasons why they had to leave their hometowns or the process on integration takes place.. In addition, students and pupils from one country have the chance to communicate with students and pupils from different European countries in order to gain a better understanding of different cultures and to minimise prejudices.

Project Activities

The complete project will take three years. During the first phase (08/99 – 07/00) the emigration and immigration on the local and national level will be examined. Therefore, newspapers and journals have to be analysed as well as research in archives, museum and immigrants have to be interviewed. At the same time the instructors have to become acquainted with the publication methods in the Internet (html editors). That means that the work has to be done by teams including e.g. IT, History, Sociology and Foreign Language Teachers. In addition, the structure and content of the Virtual European Classroom in the Internet has to be discussed and decided on. This will take place on workshops, conferences and study visits. Furthermore, the technical equipment has to be installed.

During the second phase (08/00 – 12/01) the collected information and material on "European Migration, Minorities, and Prejudices" will be published by the partners within the Virtual European Classroom to inform the students and teachers in the participating schools and colleges. This includes the students' and teachers' introduction in the Internet. Besides the ongoing collection and storage of information on emigration, immigration, minorities there will be virtual libraries, staff rooms and student cafeterias created in the Internet in order to use open and distance learning styles as well as to discuss topics of interest with people in other countries.

Especially during the third phase (01/02 – 07/02) the evaluation, documentation and the dissemination of the project results will take place by articles, a brochure, lectures, workshops and a final conference. This process occurs on the local, regional, national and international level.

32051 Herford / Germany
Dr. Heinrich Pingel-Rollmann

 15 January, 1999

updated: 29 May, 2000