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Diversity in Education


LISBON (Portugal)

30 March - 3 April 2020

You are interested in the course for the year 2019-2020?
Please make a pre-registration, it doesn’t oblige you to nothing afterwards, but makes it possible to keep contact.

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Dates can be subject to change and are only final after official confirmation by the course provider.



Local partners organize these international courses in cooperation with Eekhout Academy.

The hosting partner organisation is  ALMADAFORMA, in cooperation with the  Centre for the Study of Migration and Intercultural Relations (CEMRI) of the University Aberta and the Eekhout Academy.

School’s Training Centre of Almada
Rua projetada V à rua da Urraca,
2825-105 Almada
PIC 945946911


Our society is evolving fasttowards great(er) diversity. Hence the schools - as a reflection of that society - evolve at the same speed and in the same direction. We meet more frequently with (grand)parents from less obvious family backgrounds or multicultural families. Gender issues influence strongly modern society and school life. More often we encounter students with different ethnical-cultural,linguistic or religious backgrounds, students and teachers with a disability, families with less fortunate financial means or who have no access to good schooling due to economic status...  

It becomes challenging to enable success for all learners, including children with different and diverse backgrounds.

In this course, participants will learn how to deal with diversity in an educational environment, they will experience it within the course and will learn to consider it a meaningful challenge, for example by: strengthening collaboration among all actors within schools, as well as with families, and other external stakeholders; supporting diversity awareness and holistic approaches to teaching and learning and improving education by opening to inclusion.

Coping with diversity is a way of looking at different people in another way, especially in times when schools are being confronted with inclusion and pupils with lots of diverse backgrounds.

During this course, which is set in Lisbon Centre (Portugal), we provide the knowledge, skills and attitudes the participants need to cope with diversity. 
We have a study visit to a Sikh Temple, a centre for gender and a social centre or school. In the course we also incorporate diversity in the informal moments, every meal has a different gastronomical background.

We selected Lisbon on purpose as during centuries the city was the centre of a global empire. Although this empire is long gone, the people remained and created a mixture of colour, flavour, spices, gastronomy, music, culture… Next to London, Lisbon can be considered as one of the first multicultural capital cities where diversity became a part of the normal urban life. Lisbon is also one of the most open southern European cities towards gender and social innovation.

- Gaining insight and awareness in different aspects of diversity in education.
- Getting a clear view of the actual level of diversity management in your school and creating a plan on future (higher) levels of diversity management in your own school or institution.
- Drawing up a realistic list of priorities and possible solutions, designing projects and creating attainable challenges to implement these solutions and projects in your own school or institution.

Example of programme ‘Diversity in Education’

- Registration, course documents and ice breaking activity
- Course overview and course objectives 

- Introduction to diversity
- Identity, layers and composition of identity, rigidity and flexibility of identity
- Culture, layers of culture, surface and profound culture 
- How to approach (cultural) diversity in society and education

- A possible framework: Index for Inclusive Schools
- Profile of inclusive teachers

- Gender as integral part of diversity
- First approach on gender policy at school
- Visit to the LGBTCentre in Lisbon

- Religion and diversity at school: Man’s law or God’s law
- Preparation of study visit to Sikh Temple
- Visit to SikhTemple 
- Typical religious lunch in Sikh Temple

- Diversity and inguistic aspects
- Bilingual or monolingual education for ‘new comers‘

- How to build solid, long-term bridges between schools and the family/students
- Networking with 'actors - facilitators' in the surroundings of the school
- Visit to school or socio-educational centre in Lisbon: Exchange of ideas and experiences with teachers, educators and students on integration of foreign students, prejudices, communication between school and family…

- Presenting of own action plan for the implementation of the diversity policy at your school/organisation
- Evaluation and certificates
- Follow up tasks and contact possibilities: Skype, SharePoint, Facebook, Moodle... 

A course day starts at 09.00 h and ends at 16.00 h, with a break for lunch of 1 h.
On Friday we end at 15.30 h, allowing participants to catch the last airplane. 

The first and last evening, the participants have the opportunity to join a cultural programme, welcome supper and farewell supper.  

During the course week, there is a free period for personal reflection and transfer exercises and a voluntary cultural activity. 

AcQuired competences

  • Gain insight and awareness in different aspects of diversity in education;
  • Get a clear view of the actual level of diversity management in your school;
  • Acquire a number of skills and competences in setting up a diversity management method;
  • Learn about strategies to tackle / handle, implement and sustain a fair diversity policy;
  • Be able to customize and develop supporting instruments and tools for evaluation, self-evaluation and measurement of educational processes;
  • Create a plan on future (higher) levels of diversity management in your own school or institution;
  • Draw up a realistic list of priorities and possible solutions;
  • Design projects and create attainable challenges to implement these solutions and projects in your own school or institution;
  • Improved competence of the use of colloquial English;
  • Use of working methods of cooperative learning to have more effective meetings;
  • Improved knowledge of other European educational systems;
  • Improved insight of differences and similarities between European countries, resulting in a better understanding and respect;
  • Participants understand the concept of UDL and its foundations;
  • Participants can put on a UDL-lens and assess their lessons and learning environments with the use of the UDL guidelines;
  • Participants are convinced that a universal design of the learning environment works better than a ‘one size fits all’;
  • Pick up ideas from other countries which they can incorporate and transfer into their own practice;
  • Write own action plan on the setting up of universal design of learning in the own organisation.

Feedback from participants

  • Lisbon is the perfect city for a course on diversity; all you learn in the course can be seen in real life in the streets and public places of the marvelous city.
  • Real life situation and examples during exercises worked wonderful.
  • Before the course I thought I knew all about it, but diversity is more than skin colour.
  • What an opportunity to be able to visit an genuine Sikh Temple.
  • Exciting course, it opened my eyes for obvious aspects of my school policy I hadn't realized before.
  • Visit to Portuguese social centre for immigration was for me a useful shock.



The course is organized in the conference room of the University Aberta of Lisbon and participants stay at a nice hotel, both located in the centre of Lisbon (10 km from Lisbon airport), near the roundabout of Marquês dePombal. The hotel is situated near the historic places of the city and close to the River Tagus.
There is a very easy access from the airport. Public transport and taxis provide fast connection from and to Lisbon centre.


- We offer a flexible cost structure, allowing you to select the package that fits best your personal or school situation.
- For a detailed explanation, have a look at our 'Cost Structure'.

- You can request an Erasmus Plus grant from your national agency which will cover almost all costs of this course.
- We can guide you through the process of funding and application. To do so, you need the make a pre-registration.
- After pre-registration, we’ll contact you by mail and provide the application help.


- There is a taxi service at the airport that can drive you to the hotel. The normal price is about € 10. At night and during traffic jam, the driver will ask a higher price until € 20.
- It's particularly difficult to leave or enter  Lisbon between 08:30 and 10:30 h. and 16:30 and 19:00 h by car or taxi. 

- You can take the metro located at exit of the arrival hall of the airport and leave the metro at the station "Marquês de Pombal".


Don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information on the content and the organization of the course.
We can provide support during the process, give some help and provide tips for the application documents, advice you on the European Staff Development Plan (part of the application) or your professionalization plan and help you after approval with the practical arrangements (e.g. information on travel and accommodation).

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