National seminar CiSoTRA 2019 in Germany, Regensburg

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Cisotra national seminar
On 7th of November CiSoTra Germany celebrated its second national seminar, The seminar was integrated to the largest conference on education issues in eastern Bavaria the “Education Conference 2019” hosted by the City Hall and County of Regensburg. The conference was attended by an expert audience of 150 stakeholders from schools, public institutions, training providers, social work and universities. The conference was organised by CiSoTra Advisory Board member Johanna Bräu, coordinator for education of migrants in the City Hall of Regensburg. CiSoTra hosted the workshop on “Values, Culture and Society”, which was attended by more than 20 experts from school and social work. German partner Alexander Krauss of ISOB introduced to the CiSoTra framework for transition in the migration society. Prof. Dr. Michael Fricke,  (Theology, University of Regensburg) spoke on the model of “diaconic learning”, Cornelia Merl, Advisory Board CiSoTra, Teacher and Psychologist, reported about attitudes and needs of migrant children. She emphasized the need for formats in which feelings and concerns can be voiced and discussed in school. Claudia Federspiel of the project “Heroes”  reported about approaches to work with stereotypes of masculinity in migrant cultures. Siddika Kirgil, teacher for Islam religious education in schools discussed value education in Islamic religious education. The panel showed that integration in the society necessitates an active dialogue about feelings, mental models of family, gender and societal roles, as migrants as well as the “host” society are often unclear about how to cope with presumably “foreign” attitudes and values. The discussion showed that often value orientations and conflicting values as e.g. the importance of the education by the parents vs. the universalist common values taught by schools, are in fact transcending “national” groups and are often controversial within the “national” or “cultural” groups, including the host “culture” or society.