Context

Today’s world is full of diver­sity, mobi­lity and change. Tra­vel­ling, work emi­gra­tion, stu­dy­ing in fore­ign coun­tries, con­tact with immi­grants, work in inter­na­tio­nal firms, gro­wing possi­bi­li­ties to join work expe­rience or inter­na­tio­nal exchange – all this means that inter­cul­tu­ral com­pe­ten­ces become more and more impor­tant. Com­pe­ten­ces which are a mixture of know­ledge con­cer­ning cul­tu­ral dif­fe­ren­ces and their effect on beha­viour, the abi­lity to ini­tiate and build posi­tive, inter­cul­tu­ral rela­tion­ships as well as a tole­rant atti­tude towards diver­sity and curio­sity are very much wan­ted. The docu­ment „Europe 2020” descri­bes exac­tly this vision of Europe and Euro­pe­ans in future. This stra­tegy for smart, susta­ina­ble and inc­lu­sive growth shows, that young people will have to be very fle­xi­ble and mobile in order to cope with the chal­len­ges of a chan­ging world. Fur­ther­more they will have to be pre­pa­red for life-long exten­sion of their own quali­fi­ca­tion. In order to reach these aims the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion plans to realize the pro­ject “Youth on the move”. The pro­ject wants “to enhance the per­for­mance and inter­na­tio­nal attrac­ti­ve­ness of Europe’s higher edu­ca­tion insti­tu­tions and raise the ove­rall quality of all levels of edu­ca­tion and tra­ining in the EU (…).”.

Ele­ments of the pro­ject will be i.a.:

  • moder­ni­sa­tion agenda of higher edu­ca­tion (cur­ri­cula, gover­nance and financing)
  • Taking fur­ther steps to pro­mote the reco­gni­tion of non-formal and infor­mal learning

The Natio­nal Agency of the pro­gramme „Youth in Action” and the German-Polish Youth Office the­re­fore pre­sent a com­monly deve­lo­ped cycle of work­shops for inter­cul­tu­ral edu­ca­tion with the title „Mię­dzy Innymi” (Amongst others).
It adds to the pre­sump­tions of the stra­tegy „Europe 2030” as well as to the pilot pro­ject “Youth on the move”, allo­wing young people to deve­lop basic com­pe­ten­ces in order to be suc­cess­ful on the job mar­ket. At the same time it joins ele­ments as regards con­tent (sup­ply­ing cer­tain know­ledge requ­ired for life/work in an inter­cul­tu­ral sur­ro­un­ding) with ele­ments deve­lo­ping abi­li­ties and basic groundwork.