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Democratic heritage

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Democratic heritage is a European collaboration project funded by Erasmus+. The project involves 6 European institutions working together for peace and democracy.

Migration is one of the main themes that will continue challenging the attitudes of European governments, populations and individuals in both our current and future generations. Countries all over the Europe are engaged in developing strategies in integration and education of migrants, refugees and newcomers, and national and transnational institutions are still only beginning to develop suitable frameworks education in common, democratic values, civic engagement and participation with migrant adult learners. 

Democratic heritage - an erasmus+ project

About the Democratic heritage project

Integrating newcomers into our societies is a challenge which can only be solved on a transnational level. In our project, “Democratic Heritage – Memorials and heritage museums engaging migrants in developing resilient democracies”(DH) seven partners across five countries working with cultural heritage such as memorial sites, museums, NGOs, governmental institutions, and cultural centers have gathered to develop a cross-European forum where we will share and evaluate our best practices in adult migrant learning of common values, civil and democratic competencies: experiences and methods in working with newcomers, refugees and migrants.

Using the European Councils democratic competencies together with the expertise from our institutions current learning programs, DH wishes to share and develop best practices on how institutions can further develop their innovative participatory methodologies and activities minted on newcomers, refugees and migrant populations in differing European contexts.

The project includes workshops on best practices across borders, data gathering as well as evaluation of innovative methods and practices. The evaluation will be conducted based on surveys and questionnaires developed by the project group and will provide new and useful knowledge which will further advance the knowledge of democratic learning for migrants, refugees and newcomers.

Institutions represented in the project

Falstadsenteret logo

The Falstad Centre (FC) was established in 2000, on the grounds of the former SS Camp Falstad in Nazi-occupied Norway. FC is a state sponsored institution, devoted to education, research and communication of WW2 camp history and human rights. FC has extended experience in using participatory methodologies in human rights education and has been

partner in multiple cross-disciplinary projects at national and international levels, which, among others, include: the art project Falstad Kunst (funded by Public Art Norway 2009-2010)

involving Norwegian and international artists; Re-Call (funded by the EC Culture 2007 programme in 2012), bringing together artists, students and young researchers from Europe; the inclusion-through-art-project Kulturmøter (funded by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration 2017-2019, ongoing); the art project Faces of Power (funded by the Norwegian Arts

Council 2019, ongoing), involving artists and authors from the region, iC-ACCESS (Horizon 2020, 2016-2019).

FC is the lead partner in the project. FC is responsible for the overall project managment, i.e. organisation and coordination of the project, including quality assessment and risk control.

FC has since it was established in 2006 been involved in several multidisciplinary projects across sectors, and has extensive experience with project management on national andinternational levels. FC is also responsible of dissemination (WP6), which is closely linked to the overall organisation in the project design, and for leading the work package on art workshops (WP4).


Art27 is an association based on the 27th article of the Universal declaration of Human Rights, that states “Everyone has the right to participate freely in the cultural live of a community and to enjoy the arts …”

To achieve this goal, we set ourselves these targets:

  1. Enjoy art and culture.
  2. Create a space for artists: in real time and in the virtual space
  3. Art education- society based
  4. Respect for heritage.
  5. Fair (Art) Trade.
  6. Partnerships.

Art 27 is a human rights organisation of volunteers – all professionals in their expertise area – who invest some of their leisure time and knowhow in the organisation. There is 1 fulltime staff-member. Others are there on a voluntary or freelance base.

Art 27 is specialized in “edutainment” as an informal-learning method to learn for life by working with:

  • Children and their parents
  • Turkish Women (in a former coalmine area) as participating visitors
  • Artists who need a second chance to show their potency
  • Refugees to rebuild their self-reliance with their own skills and get them involved in society- Different ‘publics’ that get involved in edutainment processes in street actions or “exhibitions” Art is an eye opener on the global world: learning to look, observe, talk, discuss and give honest opinions.

Art 27 sets up “Work in progress exhibitions” in different places; a “location” is an important instrument in our edutainment-approach: act where people feel at home, in their habitat – but always in an individual approach on the route to a responsible attitude of the individual.

Filipstad kommun logo

Filipstads kommun is the municipal government of Filipstad with 10800 inhabitants. It is responsible for infrastructure, formal education for children and adult learners, elderlycare and childcare, social welfare, library and other services. The number of employees in total is around 1100 persons. The primary task of participating unit, The cultural school, is artistic and cultural education of children and youth as well as 3 different youthcenters. However, Susanne Berggren, head of the unit, has been involved in intersectional work with integration in the municipality, including collaboration with civil society on every level of activity from singular leisure activities

to method-development in adult learning and research on national level. The cultural school has also hosted activities to promote learning, health and civic engagement within the

group of asylumseekers, who does not enjoy the right to formal education or workmarket-introduction programmes funded by the state or municipality.

The unit employs 9 persons on a long term basis and several per the hour or project.

Centre for peace studies logo

Centre for Peace Studies (CPS) is a Croatian non-governmental and non-profit organization promoting non-violence and social change through education, intercultural mediation, social support in integration, legal assistance, monitoring and advocacy of policy changes in Croatia and the EU, public campaigns, research and activism. It is one of the most relevant

civil society organizations in Croatia and a leading stakeholder on migration and integration, human rights and anti-discrimination.

CPS grew out of various forms of direct peace-building in Croatia during the anti-war campaign in the 1990s. It was founded in 1996 in Pakrac and formally registered in Zagreb the following year. CMS believes that by building a network of educated citizens who have peace-building skills and apply the values of peacebuilding in everyday life, we contribute to the making of an active and influential civil society. Through encouraging active and/or interested citizens, we want to be a driving force in promoting a lasting and positive peace in the region. Through

public events and actions, we want to influence the public, the media and government structures to encourage them to engage in the processes of dealing with the past and the articulation of peace-building policies.

The Green Cultural and Educational Centre Visio is a Finnish adult education institution. Visio aims to advance sustainable development, green values and democracy through adult education, cultural projects and research. Study Centre Visio and Think Tank Visio are run by the Green Cultural Association, which was founded in 1990.

In 2018 we realised all together 5276 hours of adult education, 39% of which were immigrant education. These hours consisted out of 289 seperate events, which had 5211 participants in total, out of which 67% were women.

The aim of Visio’s immigrant education is to strengthen the role of immigrants as active, environmentally conscious citizens and independent actors within Finnish society. What we do regarding the immigrant education? Financial support for the trainings organized by nonprofit organisations. Activity based training on reading and writing Materials for environment based integration: most lately a material dealing with themes of cultural heritage and cultural environment.

University of Murcia logo

The University of Murcia (UMU) is an international institution with over a hundred years behind it, although its origins can be traced back to the 12th century. Today, it is home to more than 30,000 students (2,000 of them from abroad), 3,000 researchers and lecturers, and an administration force counting 1,200. The UMU is a reference for Higher Education in southeast Spain. At the same time it is a driving force in society in the Mediterranean Basin thanks to its Campus de Excelencia Internacional Mare Nostrum (CMN).

The University of Murcia is an all-inclusive state university offering 60 degree qualifications – five of them dual degrees – 72 masters degrees and 36 PhD qualifications in Fine Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Health Sciences, Sciences, Social Sciences and Law. The UMU boasts 21 university centers in 5 campuses. In addition, the Universidad Internacional del Mar (UNIMAR) offers around one hundred summer courses in various areas of knowledge.

World Value Survey logo

The World Values Survey (WVS) is a worldwide network of researchers studying values and their impact on social and political life. The network mainly collects data on people’s values

via extensive surveys among representative samples of nearly 90 per cent of the world’s population.

The World Values Survey runs an ongoing social science research project with the aim of exploring socio-cultural, moral, religious and political values in different cultures around the

world. WVS has conducted representative national surveys in 97 countries covering almost 90 percent of the world’s population. The surveys are conducted in the form of face to face

interviews, in very poor, as well as very rich countries, in authoritarian systems and liberal democracies, covering all important cultural areas.

Goals for the project

The main objective of DH will be to share and develop the institutions innovative participatory methodologies, and seeing how they correspond to the learning requirements detailed in the Council of Europe’s democratic competencies. This will be ensured through the committing to a series of transnational best practice workshops and the production of a handbook, serving as intellectual outputs co-produced by all project partners. The handbook will be translated to 7 languages.  second objective will be to collate and collect the data from the activities to help generate more information on the effect that this methodology can have on refugee, migrants and newcomers, relating to the European Council Democratic Competencies. This will be ensured through the development of a survey by the World Value Survey which serves as a second intellectual output, and will allow the collection of underrepresented data from migrant, refugee and newcomer populations. A third objective is the creation of a project website, which will share best practices, concrete examples as well as survey data, which will be available to other institutions engaged in adult migrant learning programs beyond the project periode. The partners involved in this project represent various organizations in the EU/EAA who all have developed and practice different strategies in working with migrants, refugees and newcomer through shared frame of common values, civic engagement and participation. Having a diverse set of partners allows this project to collect responses from both participants and teachers as well as collecting an international sample of empirical material from groups of migrants and refugees that are underrepresented in statistical studies. Developing a cross-european forum where experiences, techniques and methodologies in working with migrants, refugees and newcomer education can be shared, developed and tested in the field is a one of the primary objectives that this project will contribute to.