From 16th to 19th December, Tarragona will host representatives from 108 associations from 12 European and Arab countries who will discuss and put into practice innovative ways of understanding and promoting non-formal education in Euro-Mediterranean countries with the end of acquiring knowledge, skills and new approaches.
It will take place within the framework of the meeting “Non-formal and Intercultural Education in the Mediterranean” on the premises of Rovira i Virgili University. The event includes an important programme of concerts, human tower shows and playful activities in several squares of the city, as well as workshops in the schools of Tarragona. The meeting is open to civil society organisations and all the residents of Tarragona, the city chosen for its Mediterranean character and rich archaeological heritage and for hosting the next Mediterranean Games.
The objectives are to give the 100 associations from Algeria, Lebanon, Belgium, Lithuania, Spain, Morocco, France, Palestine, Ireland, Portugal, Jordan and Tunisia the opportunity to share experiences and good practices in the field of non-formal education as well as to reflect on new initiatives in this field applicable to the different contexts of the Euro-Mediterranean countries.
The meeting is organised by the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed) and the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue between Cultures, with the collaboration of Tarragona City Council, Rovira i Virgili University and the UNESCO Chair for Intercultural Dialogue in the Mediterranean (URV). The initiative is framed within the mandate of the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation to promote dialogue and cooperation between the peoples and cultures of the Mediterranean, an issue especially relevant and urgent given the political instability and threats being currently experienced by the region.
The associations and civil society organisations taking part are members of the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF), a Euro-Mediterranean network based in Alexandria, promoted in the framework of the Euro-Mediterranean Process, bringing together 4,000 civil society associations from 43 countries working in the framework of intercultural dialogue. It is the second time that a meeting bringing together organisations from so many countries will be held.
In its turn, the IEMed is a centre specialised in Euro-Mediterranean relations, based in Barcelona since 1989. It is the coordinator of the Spanish Network of the Anna Lindh Foundation, which will be the network with the largest representation in Tarragona.