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“To know in order to welcome; welcome to include”

“Throughout history,
people have migrated from one place to another. People try to reach European shores for different reasons and through different channels. They look for legal pathways, but they risk also their lives, to escape from political oppression, war and poverty, as well as to find family reunification, entrepreneurship, knowledge and education.
Every person's migration tells its own story.”
European Agenda on Migration

The Manifesto of Inclusive Learning puts each citizen with his/her cultural heritage at the centre of continuous education and recognizes the diversity of education and training approaches as an opportunity to promote social change and build a Europe for all from grassroots. The Manifesto was co-created from the experiences of over 150 participants at the EPALE National Seminary "La Formazione Accogliente" (Welcoming training) held in La Spezia on 14-16 September 2017. Through the Manifesto the signatories design a shared horizon to their educational agency, putting in common objectives and language.

The principles of the Manifesto in a transition phase between
a society that no longer exists and one that we are still designing,
the following ten general principles apply:

Centrality of education and training, be it formal and
non-formal, understood as a relationship that transforms and connects those who teach and those who learn, in every place and time of life
Hosting, understood as the recognition of the common humanity of the other person and his/her needs and aspirations, without discrimination

Solidarity, intended as an enhancement of sharing, reciprocity and mutual
Protection of the weakest, understood as the ability to look at the world always from the point of view of the most fragile, offer them protection first and paths of autonomy than.
Confidence in a shared future, intended as the conscious choice to include migrant people, starting from young people and women, first or second generation, in the design of an inclusive society, as the result of the meeting and the metissage between different stories, cultures and interpretations of the world
Accountability of the Institutions and the Third Sector, seen as an instrument of transparency and security for all citizens and their associations.
Networking to strengthen collaboration and stimulate creative synergy and social innovation

Evidence-based approach, understood as the continuous tension towards the scientific analysis of change, based on quantitative, qualitative and mixed tools and methods, to overcome perceptions, stereotypes and information that are often distorted and manipulated.
Centrality of narrative approach, understood as a research method and a tool for respectful dialogue on the “stories” that make "History"
Curiosity and respect for all the diversity of which everyone is a bearer against the culture of hate, xenophobia and any possible expression of intolerance

Who is the Manifesto addressed to?
The manifesto puts the focus on three main stakeholders recipients of the actions that are developed in the CPIA, SPRAR, CAS and all the other areas of response to migrants. The three groups interact and for each one the following necessary actions are identified below:

Applicants for international protection (asylum seekers) and migrants

Thanks to an adequate and personalized training process, they consolidate knowledge, skills and attitudes useful for realizing their life project through:
  • Recognition of formal, non-formal and informal skills and support in the construction of a personal and professional project
  • Literacy in the language of the host country
  • Vocational training for the labour market
  • Guidance (eg job grants and traineeships)
  • Access to University and tertiary education
  • Civic education, on the rule of law and guidance to compliance with the rules of the host country
  • Accompaniment to know and understand the characteristics and culture of the host territory
  • Training on career management skills, in particular critical thinking, effective and transformative communication, creativity, team working, just to name a few
  • Recognition of one's own cultural heritage, including the freedom to profess one's religion while respecting all the others

The signatories of the Manifesto, therefore, propose to put in place an integrated model of training and guidance to sustain knowledge of territory and labour market

Operators of the reception chain

Each operator must receive appropriate training and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes in line with national and European policies in order to:
  • Listen, guide, mediate and support migrants with methods and techniques appropriate to them and their specific needs (only as an example: unaccompanied minors, women survivors of violence or adults with post-traumatic stress)
  • Manage the various stages of the reception chain, according to their skills and knowledge (consistent with needs in the legal, psychological, pedagogical, health sectors etc.)
  • Understand and collaborate with the entire network of public and private institutions at a local, national and international level
  • Enjoy continuous training, pre-service and at the workplace
  • Propose, plan and implement innovation of services and projects, based on own experience and continuous evaluation, be it internal self-assessment and impact evaluation, based on shared and validated indicators
  • Collaborate with teachers of the Provincial Centres of Adult Education (CPIA) that are public schools and service networks intended as point of departure and arrival of each asylum seekers’ training process
  • Design and nurture creative opportunities for information, intercultural dialogue and activation for the common good among local autochthone and migrant communities
  • Communicate correctly with migrant communities taking into account the intercultural dimension
  • Get to know basic elements of the history and cultural heritage of the migrants’ countries of origin
  • Communicate and disseminate their work, including through ICT, in order to make information and initiatives accessible to all.

The signatories of the Manifesto therefore propose to recognize a new professional figure, the so called "operator of migrants' reception chain", trained to act as indicated, at the levels of the European Qualification Framework EQF from 5 to 8
Local educating communities

They are the protagonists of change and represent the educating community that welcomes and includes migrants. They should be activated in collaboration with the Institutions, the service network and the Third Sector and contribute to building a territory that is fit for everyone, with a social and productive fabric that generates inclusion, labour and well-being.
Therefore it is important to stimulate the following non-formal and informal education process:
  • Create opportunities for sharing and participation that foster mutual knowledge, dialogue and overcoming of prejudices, fear and hatred
  • Open doors, or make them transparent, of places and spaces for training of asylum seekers. The CPIAs with a structured and well-defined staff must be recognized and made visible to the local population, as the public school responsible for the education of ALL adults, without distinction
  • Involve primary and secondary schools, universities and vocational training institutions through research in order to build a culture of reception, evidence and knowledge (also through work school alternation, for example)
  • Build vocational training programmes, in collaboration with local authorities, private companies and Schools, that take into account local cultural heritage, artisanship and vocation of each territory
  • Involve trade associations in the planning of vocational training and launch awareness campaigns for companies
  • Activate the community of artists, intellectuals, sportsmen, show business figures and other excellences of human creativity to stimulate dialogue and interest towards the incoming new citizens
  • Organize convivial and cultural events in neighbourhoods and small towns - including the suburbs of large urban areas and rural areas - which, starting from the enhancement of the everyday and the common aspects of all cultures, promote mutual understanding and respect.
  • Connect with local and national networks to promote the rights of universal citizenship

The signatories of the Manifesto therefore propose both to public and private bodies to take all the concrete and necessary measures for the implementation and impact evaluation of the proposed activities.

La Spezia, Italy  15th September 2017


The Manifesto for inclusive learning is available in the following languages

Finnish   -  Dutch  -  German  -  Greek  -  Italian  -  Polish

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