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On the 1st of March 2017, the Anna Lindh Education Handbook on Intercultural Citizenship in the Euro-Mediterranean Region was published. It is the first manual of its kind, and has been developed over the past 3 years by educators from the Mediterranean region and Europe. It is a tool to support learning with young people focused on the knowledge and skills to play an active role in civic life at the local and international level. The Principal Scientific Advisor on the handbook was Léonce Bekemans (Professor and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam at the University of Padova).
The Handbook covers both theoretical and practical aspects of intercultural citizenship learning, including practical case-studies from across the Mediterranean region. The team of authors includes: Leonce Bekemans (Human Rights Centre, University of Padova), Tarak Mahdhaoui (Lam Echaml Association), Miquel Essomba (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Farah Cherif D’Ouezzan (Centre for Cross-Cultural Learning), Miguel Silva (Global Education Programme, Council of Europe), Steven Stegers (EUROCLIO) and Haifa Sabbagh (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute). One of the preparatory meetings for the handbook was held at the University Human Rights Centre in June 2013.
The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding. It aims to overcome misunderstandings that affect relations between regions and States in the Mediterranean through dialogue, actions, and reflections. ALF works to restore trust in dialogue and bridge the gaps in mutual perceptions, as well as promoting diversity and coexistence. The foundation is co-financed by the 43 countries of the Union for the Mediterranean and the European Commission. It represents an important network for the civil society of the Mediterranean region, uniting over 4000 organisations from different countries.