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Evens Prize for Intercultural Education 2005

The laureates

 The first prize of 25.000 € went to the Inter-project coordinated by UNED (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia / Spanish Distance University – Madrid).
INTER: A practical Guide to implement Intercultural Education at school is the title of a project whose aim is to improve quality of education and contribute to innovation in school by supporting them in the implementation of an intercultural approach. The project focuses on developing, utilising and validating a practical Guide for teacher training (both initial and in-service trainers) which facilitates analysis, implementation and improvement of Intercultural Education in school.

The second prize of 10.000 € went to “Love Difference” of the Love Difference Association (Biella, Italy). Love Difference was founded in June 2002, promoted by Fondazione Michelangelo Pistoletto, Center for Contemporary Art with the collaboration of international institutions, cultural centers, professors, curators and artists, counting currently around 400 members worldwide. The aim of the “Love Difference” project is to connect people and institutions of Mediterranean regions who are interested in creating new perspectives to overcome the tragic conflict among different cultures. All the “Love Difference” activities have interdisciplinary, innovative, transparent, participative, shared and sustainable dimensions.

The third prize of 5.000 € went to the Community of Sant’Egidio in Antwerp for their project/movement “Country of the Rainbow“. The Country of the Rainbow movement wants to build a more cooperative, just and humane world, a world with more solidarity with others and respect for nature. The Peace Schools of the movement, running in four disadvantaged neighborhoods in the city of Antwerp, provide after school tuition for the so-called drop-out children. In the Peace Schools children from all nationalities, cultures and religions are gathered in a positive and warm atmosphere where they are offered the opportunity to develop their talents. In the Country of the Rainbow movement the children work out concrete projects on environmental pollution, developing a more stable multicultural community and solidarity with the Third World. All initiatives and activities are carried out by volunteers of the Sant’Egidio Community.

Jury statement

The jury considered the “Inter” project to be a very innovative and intercultural project which is capable of being transferred and implemented in schools, providing a practical tool for initial and in-service training of teachers. The award to “Love Difference” by the jury was for their creative and interdisciplinary approach to enable a responsible change towards civil society and the promotion of intercultural dialogue as well as for their intercultural networking. “Country of the Rainbow” was awarded the third prize for their community-oriented work with children and youngsters in disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Award Ceremony

The Award Ceremony took place on October 22, 2005 at the Filmmuseum & MuHKA museum in Antwerp, Belgium, together with the Evens Prize for Visual Arts 2005.