Educational work with refugees in Germany – Closing event of the project “Curriculum interculturALE”

Workshop participants discussed different approaches in the educational work with refugees

In the context of the “Curriculum interculturALE” project, DVV International has developed an intercultural-didactical training course since April 2017. It is based on the international experience of the institute and is aimed at instructors in Germany who lead courses for refugees at German adult education centres (Volkshochschulen). The closing event, on 19 and 20 January 2019, provided an opportunity to take stock and discuss the results of the project.

More than 60 participants from Germany and abroad travelled to the closing event in Bonn – ranging from the international experts who developed the training concept to the instructors from eight different VHS regional associations who took part in one of the intercultural-didactical training courses held last year.

What are the challenges in working with refugees? How can these challenges be met? And why do we need approaches such as participatory education, active citizenship and diversity to meet refugees on an equal footing? On these and other questions, the guests exchanged ideas in various workshops on the first day. The event ended with a joint workshop on “What instructors can learn from colleagues in crisis areas”. Lisa Küchenhoff from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) presented the training concept “Healing Classrooms” to the participants and discussed how to create a safe and respectful learning environment for refugees.

On the second day, a World Café provided an opportunity to shed light on various aspects of integration. In a series of small group discussions, among other things, the participants talked about what integration means for each individual, what role language instruction plays in the integration process and how an integrative course can succeed.

The event was accompanied by the exhibition “11 Blickwinkel – Neuanfang in Erfurt” (11 Points of View – New Beginning in Erfurt), in which refugees photographically documented their impressions of arriving in Germany.

The training concept “Curriculum interculturALE” was developed and tested as a pilot project by DVV International in cooperation with a team of international experts and partners from its offices in the Middle East. It is based on the approach that the knowledge and methods gained from working with refugees in developing countries can be used to master the challenges of integration in Germany.

The project was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the “Einstieg Deutsch” (First steps in German) project, which is being conducted by the German Adult Education Association (DVV).

More information on the project can be found at

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