A sunny and warm Jaen (Andalucia, Spain) welcomed us for our sixth and last transnational meeting before our advocacy action in Brussels! This time the topic was “Social inclusion in Europe”. Our two working days have been fruitful and the recommendations are ready to be presented at our Bruxelles meeting on the 19th and 20th of June!
Our first day started with a warmhearted welcome from the Diputacion de Jaen at the Old Hospital San Juan de Dios and the presentation of the MOOC4EU project to all new participants. We then listened to the presentation of the expert on Social Inclusion José Miguel Morales, general secretary of Andalucia Acoge Association. While explaining the challenges of social inclusion Mr. Morales stressed out the importance of the joint effort of different entities working together for social inclusion. For example the role and engagement of citizens is dir
ectly linked to the one of territorial agents and governments. With one of these missing, a successful social inclusion is not achievable. He then explained us the approach for social inclusion developed in the 60ties, which affirms that guaranteeing “basic” needs to minorities and migrants is not enough for social equality. Often governments focus their policies on providing “basic” elements, such as housing, social security, working permits, documentation, but in order to develop the feeling of belonging and therefore a successful inclusion “motivational” aspects are as important. According to this approach it is fundamental to develop policies aiming at creating shared public spaces, common celebrations, leisure activities and encouraging active participation of minorities and migrants.
Following Mr. Morales’s presentation, the national situation of Spain, Albania, Romania, France and Belgium and the testimony of their minorities was presented. Meanwhile short individual meetings were organized between one representative of each organisation and Eurocircle in order to discuss the progress and the final steps for the realization of the video.
The second part of the day was dedicated to the common discussion on the MOOC video and the advocacy strategies planned for Brussels. A flyer and a teaser will be created to support our advocacy action. Finally the Consortium meeting took place where we discussed on future steps, meetings and tasks and particularly the Brussels agenda. While the organisation representatives were engaged in these afternoon discussions the minorities where free to visit Jaen and enjoy a guided tour of the city.
The second day of our meeting began with the last three national presentations on the situation in their respective countries. We then started our brainstorming in small groups on the obstacles and consequences of social inclusion. The next step was the definition of positive actions and propositions aiming at developing recommendations on this issue. Some of the aspects we talked about were the role of media on public opinion, the importance of language skills and access to education for minorities and migrants, the creation of networking and mutual trust, the development of intercultural activities. Here a few examples of recommendations developed in this session:
– Introduce a mandatory curricula on intercultural dialogue in national education systems
– Develop a communication campaign – with posters, ads for television and cinema with positive examples of minorities and migrants.
– Organize seminars and trainings for journalist on social inclusion and migration and the use of inclusive language in media.
Our working day finished with the recordings of recommendations by the minorities that we will be using for our teaser! Teaser, flyer and recommendations will be ready to be used in Bruxelles the 19th and 20th of June during our advocacy action!
Looking forward for our next transnational meeting, keep following us! 🙂