EUROPEAN MANIFESTO FOR INCLUSIVE LEARNING
A set of tools to positively influence decisions in education and training that influence migrants’, and our, lives.
In this section you will find:
֍ What and why of advocacy in the Manifesto?
֍ 50 good practices from the field in 6 EU countries
֍ A special issue of the EPALE journal on adult education and continuous learning
֍ Our lessons learnt and recommendations for the future
What and why of advocacy in the Manifesto?
Among the different definitions available, for the Manifesto of Inclusive Learning to advocate for mainstreaming education and training in all immigration and integration policies means the activities of speaking, lobbying, campaigning on the behalf of, in support of and together migrants and asylum seekers that are not in the condition to succeed in requesting the right to education and labour alone, in a new and unknown country.
50 good practices from the field in 7 EU countries
Nevertheless we gave ourselves two rules:
- Never for me, without me (we work together with migrants, not in their place)
- For you is also for me (positive change in terms of inclusivity of the education system can benefit all, migrants and non migrants)
Through advocacy we promote or reinforce changes in policy, programme or legislation. While also providing support directly through services in our daily activities, advocacy especially aims at winning support from others, i.e. creating a supportive environment.
Who is this Toolkit for?
The Advocacy Toolkit has been conceived as an inspiring set of ideas, tools and links that can support activists, researchers, teachers, educators, social workers, volunteers and citizens in general in carrying out advocacy activities for a more inclusive and welcoming Europe for migrants and asylum seekers. The tools are particularly relevant for experts and professionals active in the education and training sector, since the main objective is to show how sound education and training policy can smooth and fasten integration processes, but its content can be of inspiration or of use, we hope, also to anyone who wants to expand their understanding of the human rights-based approach to advocacy and how this approach is applied.
What can you learn from this Toolkit?
The Advocacy Toolkit starts from the principles of thee Manifesto for Inclusive Learning and it provides a broadly accepted definition as the capacity to bring on the surface important issues, and opportunities, that are often blurred by stereotypes and misinformation. The heart of the Toolkit provides 50 concrete, evidence-based practices that are coherent with the principles of the Manifesto. Also, final recommendations suggest the way forward in mainstreaming education and training in European and national integration and immigration policies and practices.
How can you make the most of this Toolkit?
While navigating this Toolkit, it is important to remember that due to the centrality of the challenge of human mobility there are a wide variety and a richness of documents available on the matter and these are only one set of potentially useful tools. Whenever possible we indicate link to interesting websites and events. Rather the aim is to provide readers with inspiring ideas for creating their own advocacy initiative, based on the reality in the environment in which they operate.