Toolbox 'Teaching Tolerance'

“Culture in its broadest sense is what makes you a foreigner when you are abroad“, says a popular definition of culture. Foreignness always presumes someone who perceives someone else as foreign. However, foreignness also helps you to discover your own culture. Creating awareness of your own culture, an important aim for achieving intercultural competence, is impossible without the reflection from a foreign point of view.
In this context the most important question is how to cope with intercultural competence.
The basis for a successful communication is above all emotional competence, together with intercultural sensitivity.
The understanding of other behaviours and ways of thinking as well as the ability to express one’s own point of view in a transparent way with the aim to be understood and respected.

This module aims at qualifying teachers to deal with foreign cultures and their specific features in a sensitive and goal oriented way. By dealing with cultural values, mistakes and prejudices the participants learn to analyse various ways of thinking and behaviour, norms and values in order to avoid misunderstandings.

Materials

2.1 Activating teachers with a background of immigration
2.2 Tolerance – Shall we teach it?
     2.2.1 Evaluation: Tolerance – shall we teach it?
2.3 What makes you a foreigner?
2.4 Meeting parents – Parents’ meetings
2.5 Are we tolerant?
2.6 Training modules: Practical activities that promote family involvement in school
     2.6.1 The family in the context of school