Europe in Perspective: International Co-operation in Cultural Learning

Europe has always been a continent within which many populations with diverse cultural backgrounds have co-existed. Intensification of the discussions around integration, tolerance, cultural diversity and renationalisation show that the challenge of living together in a diverse environment still proves difficult to manage though.

At the same time, artists and cultural institutions, as well as arts educators, have explored new ways to support formal, non-formal and informal education – motivated by the belief that learning in and through the arts can bring necessary benefits in terms of personal and societal improvement. But many of these activities are not addressing the challenges of living in a diverse and globalised world as much as necessary to substantially contribute to an improvement in intercultural understanding and learning to live together in diversity.

In this context, the aim of Europe in Perspective: International Co-operation in Cultural Learning is to create new transnational and European professional development opportunities that strengthen the capacity of those working in schools, as well as in non-formal arts and cultural education to develop more intercultural understanding and European awareness. In order to achieve this, multinational modular training units are to be developed and tested in the field.

The training will be designed for teachers, artists and arts educators already actively involved in working in local partnership to deliver programmes in schools and wanting to embed diversity and interculturality within their practice. The experiential nature of the multinational training will ensure that participants will be able to extend their understanding of intercultural practice through direct involvement in activities and experiences and thus extend their understanding of the benefits of international exchange.

The professional training modules will be developed in consultation both with practitioners and those organisations providing training and professional development to the sector. The modules will be internationally planned and realised and thus capable of being relevant across Europe.

In addition, and so as to encourage a diverse, European and intercultural perspective within regional and national programmes promoting local co-operation between schools and cultural partners, regular strategic exchange and communication with institutions or authorities in charge of these programmes will take place.

As a result, Europe in Perspective will ensure:

  • more European and intercultural learning experiences for teachers and their cultural partners by participating in multinational training;
  • more knowledge for teachers and their cultural partners about intercultural learning possibilities and ways to explore diversity in local co-operation projects;
  • more knowledge for teachers and their cultural partners about cross-border exchange possibilities in Europe;
  • more intercultural learning for school children in local co-operation projects of schools and their cultural partners;
  • more intercultural learning possibilities to foster the development of European awareness of school children through cross-border exchange programmes between schools in co-operation with cultural partners.

“Europe in Perspective: International Co-operation in Cultural Learning“ is a project of the German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning (BKJ) and the international foundation Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE). It is a strategic partnership with KulturKontakt Austria (KKA), the National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts (LKCA), T-TUDOK Centre for Knowledge Management and Educational Research and realised in consultation with further European partners. “Europe in Perspective” is funded by Stiftung Mercator and supported by the European Union within the scope of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme.


For further Information on the project please contact

Laura Mattick

BKJ – German Federation for Arts Education and Cultural Learning, Küppelstein 34, 42857 Remscheid

Fon +49 (0) 21 91.79 43 87