About the Project

More than Words aims to improve the intercultural communication and training skills of educators, social and cultural workers, and others professionally involved with minority and migrant communities. We will develop a pan-European curriculum of intercultural training methods that can be applied to work with people whose knowledge of the host country’s language is limited or non—existent. This curriculum will synthesise the experience of the project partners in different areas of training and creativity, such as theatre, dance, humour therapy and storytelling. The project is crucial in terms of Europe’s relationships with migrant communities and other minorities, especially given the current political and social tensions across the Continent. Educational work with new European citizens is not simply a question of the desire to learn. A lack of communication skills often hinders mutual understanding between migrants and other social groups. Communication barriers may also include difficulties related to cultural differences, even when there is a common language. This is a challenge that transcends borders, and requires a pan-European, multi-agency strategy as a response. The main outcome of the project is therefore a European training module, offering new approaches for both governmental and non-governmental agencies in responding to these highly significant challenges. Other intellectual outputs will include a synthesis of good practices, an online platform of intercultural training, and a documentary film presenting the different stages of project implementation. All these outputs will be disseminated through local multiplier events, allowing user organisations to benefit from project findings and methodologies. More than Words will follow a three year project plan based around work packages, intellectual outputs, staff training and transnational meetings. The lead in these work packages will be divided among the partners, ensuring that all partners take an active role in and responsibility for the implementation of the project. Work packages will take place in parallel and in deep interaction with one another. Within them the main project activities will be as follows: • organisation of five staff trainings that, based on pre-prepared guideline and needs assessment, will present four methods of non-verbal intercultural training and their synthesis; • creation of a pan-European training module in strong interaction with the trainings, tested at local multiplier events; • creation of an interactive platform of intercultural training; • creation of the documentary film reflecting the project narrative; • dissemination of the project’s results to other appropriate parties and organisations at local multiplier events.

Results

Thematic trainings & good practices
Theatre
Creating intercultural theatre and performance, by Border Crossings
Storytelling
Digital Storytelling as a tool of intercultural communication and digital learning, by CRN
Clown
Humor and Clown therapy by Euro-Net
Dancing
Dancing and Body movement by IKTE

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Partners

Our project is based on a strategic partnership of like-minded organisations across Europe, working with migrants and minority communities, to develop and share practice for the creation of a collective working methodology in intercultural training. The lead partner, Border Crossings, is a UK-based organisation working in intercultural dialogue through vocational education and performing arts. It has developed strong creative methodologies to encourage understanding between cultures through theatre and creative learning practices. The partners’ approach, experiences and areas of work are diverse and complementary. 

The partnership is composed of two key groups of partners.  The needs assessment group is composed of 3 organisations with direct experience dealing with the needs of migrants and marginalised groups: Narud, AEL and Dla Ziemi.  The training providers group will contribute with their innovative methods of non-verbal intercultural training: Border Crossings for theatre, CRN for digital storytelling, Euro-Net for humour and clowning strategies and IKTE for dance and body movement therapy. They will provide the staff trainings, and create the synthesised training and reports, based on the needs and accompanied by the monitoring activities of the first group.

Border Crossings
Border Crossings

creates new intercultural, multi-media theatre in response to the contemporary globalized world. bordercrossings.org.uk

CRN
CRN

CRN is actively involved in scientific research, teaching and cultural activities that link the realm of ideas with everyday experience. www.comparative-research.net

Euro-Net
Euro-Net

Long-experienced in EU project  it is the ideal subject for the creation of innovative products because since 1998 it has realized more than 230 European projects gaining a great experience in different fields e.g. communication, comics, picture books, interactive games, multimedia, short films and cartoons. www.euro-net.eu

IKTE
IKTE

The Hungarian Association for Expressive Arts and Dance Therapy (in Hungarian: Integrált Kifejezés- és Táncterápiás Egyesület, IKTE) is offering trainings, workshops and professional cooperation based on the specific methodology Integral Expression and Dance (IED) Therapy. This approach belongs to expressive arts therapies. www.ikte.hu

Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi
Stowarzyszenie Dla Ziemi

We have been in action since 1995. We are located in Bratnik, in the warm embrace of the Kozłówka Landscape Park. We strive to make refugees and migrants feel welcome in our Lublin Region, just like at home. So that the children and their parents, who were forced to flee from their own, could learn and play together with their Polish peers. So that the inhabitants of our region recognise refugees as people seeking help – not trouble. dlaziemi.org

Association des Égyptiens au Luxembourg
Association des Égyptiens au Luxembourg

AEL is working on enhancing the communication, integration & cooperation on cultural, humanitarian, social and economic levels.

NARUD
NARUD

Network African Rural and Urban Development and is a migrant-diasporic organization active since 2005 through the collaboration of a group of students from Africa and was founded in 2007 as a nonprofit organization. The main objective of the association is to promote the integration of people from the African diaspora living in Germany in the Berlin districts with special development needs, to communicate the values ​​of African culture and to open up civil society for intercultural dialogue. www.narud.org

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Project No. 2017-1-UK01-KA204-036613
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