Speakers included the CoE Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre, the CoE Director General of Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, President of the Norwegian Parliament Thorbjørn Jagland, the Director of the Norwegian Institute of Foreign Affairs Jan Egeland and the Polish Deputy Minister of National Education Krzysztof Stanowski.
The theme of the Conference was closely linked to the mandate of the Wergeland Centre: “Building bridges: education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship, from policy to practice”. From the policies and legal instruments to the concrete challenges that teachers and teacher trainers are faced with in the classroom every day:
· What is the role of teachers and teacher trainers in fostering a democratic culture and intercultural dialogue?
· What are the competences that teachers must learn and teach in order to handle diversity of cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds in the classroom?
· How can we strengthen the cooperation among the organisations working in the field?
· What part can The European Wergeland Centre play in these processes?
These are some of the questions that were posed and discussed during the conference.
Based on the presentations, discussions and feedback received, we have produced a conference report, which also includes suggestions and recommendations for the European Wergeland Centre, proposed by the keynote speakers and panellists. The report is available from the EWC website, where you also will find picture galleries, as well as some of the presentations from the conference.