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Original title:
Step in! Building Inclusive Societies through Active Citizenship
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Natalija Vrečer, PhD (project coordinator)
1 January 2012–31 December 2013

Slovenian Migration Institute (SMI) is a partner in the Step In! (Grundtvig) project, coordinated by Prof. Dirk Lange from the Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany. Universities, research institutes, NGOs and adult education providers from seven countries combine their competencies in the field of civic education, integration and migration. The project consortium consists of organizations and institutions from Czech Republic, Cyprus, Italy, Scotland and Sweden beside Slovenia and Germany. The project’s overall objective is the development of an innovative education strategy to increase political participation and civic engagement of migrants and ethnic minorities, and to promote active citizenship. The consortium will conceptualize seven different education modules which will be tested and implemented all over Europe. The project accommodates the fact that successful processes of integration demand not only efforts on the part of the minorities, but also on the part of the receiving countries majorities and institutions. In this sense, the target groups of the project are (1.) migrants and members of ethnic minorities, (2.) members of the receiving countries, especially members of political parties, NGOs, public authorities, and (3.) adult education professionals and providers.

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Black and Ethnic Minorities Infrastructure in Scotland • Provincia di Parma, Italy • University of Nicosia, Department of Education, Cyprus • Society of Citizens Assisting Migrants, Czech Republic • Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Slovenian Migration Institute • Folkuniversitetet Kristianstad, Sweden