In the first week of September the EFIL (European Federation for Intercultural Learning) hosted a 5-day training in Berlin, showcasing a recently developed “training toolbox” which aims to expand the intercultural competences of educators.

The main purpose of the toolbox is to encourage school staff to enhance the intercultural dimension of educating practices, and it aims to achieve this through the provision of practical tools and the promotion of existing resources related to intercultural learning.

Henk Bolk participated in the training with headmasters and teachers from various European countries on behalf of EuroClio, and came back very enthusiastic:

“I think the toolbox will be very useful. There are ready-to-use tools within the curriculum, cross curricular, for specific subjects etc. All the things we as history teachers like to teach are in it: citizenship, critical thinking, multiperspectivity etc. Every school can use the toolbox according to their own program. My school, the Lorentz Casimir Lyceum Eindhoven, is known for Foreign Trips and Exchange Programs, but nevertheless we look for ‘New Roads’ in Internationalisation and Intercultural Learning”.

In Berlin, the participants were coached on how to give the training in their own countries and to promote the toolbox across Europe. EuroClio hopes to further build upon the training at the 25th EuroClio Annual Conference in Marseille.

The training tackled questions of how to further enhance intercultural aspects of education