Pre-Conference Event: Forum on Intercultural Dialogue and Learning – Refugee and Migrant Education from Local Perspectives

The Diversity Conference is pleased to announce the Pre-Conference Event.

Join other conference delegates the day before the conference begins for a forum focusing on refugee and migrant education from local perspectives.

Education represents a basic human right and can have a crucial role in supporting social integration and inclusion. However, implementing culturally responsive practices lies on the commitment of national and local governments as well as third-sector players that put into practice migration policies. Thus, refugee and migrant education finds itself at the crossroads of international goals (i.e. quality inclusive education for all - Agenda 2030) and national/local policy orientations towards migrants and their rights to education, work, social identity, and citizenship. Refugee and migrant education also challenges the inclusiveness and equity of education systems.

In this framework, the local context matters as realization of normative aspirations go through everyday practices and local responsiveness. It is at the local school level that ethnic, cultural, and religious diversities can be accepted, promoted, or ignored (through implicit or explicit practices). It is also the teachers’ action that can make the difference in the implementation of policies in our own localities.

This Forum reflects on what is successfully done in refugee and migrant education at local levels and which innovations local actors can promote or need. The following issues will be discussed:

  • How do the local players support migrant and refugee education?
  • What kind of opportunities are available to refugees or new migrants who have titles and degrees in specific fields or desire to invest in education?
  • How can languages knowledge be improved or recognized? (both host country and origin languages)
  • How can educational approaches and methods support integration within the school?
  • What attention is given to the development of intercultural competences both by teachers and students?
  • Which are the relations between formal and non-formal educational opportunities and players?
  • What are the educational expectations of refugee families and children and how they can actively contribute to the educational process?
  • Are there successful experiences of job-education match that value the cultural and linguistic competencies of those who have a migrant background?

The pre-conference event will give an insight on innovative practices implemented in diverse localities including Melbourne, Australia; Nicosia, Cyprus; Patras, Greece; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Salzburg, Austria.

9:45-10:00Welcome Remarks at The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre
10:00-13:00Forum Sessions
13:00-13:15Transition Break
13:15-14:15Lunch (included)
14:15-16:00Guided Visit of The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre
16:00-17:30Guided Visit of the Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese Dairies (with transportation)
17:30-17:45Return to The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre

This event is made possible through the support of the following partners:

In collaboration with the Reggio Childhood Studies PhD Program and with the support of:

Pre-Conference Event Details
Date: Tuesday, 9 June
Time: 09:45-17:45 (9:45 AM - 5:45 PM)
Meeting Location: The Loris Malaguzzi International Centre, viale Ramazzini 72/A, Reggio Emilia (RE), Italy (view map)
Cost: US$45

NOTE: Transportation between Milan and Reggio Emilia is not included. Trains operate between the two cities (travel time is about 2 hours) and the price of a standard class, round-trip ticket ranges between US$10 and US$20. Train tickets can be purchased in advance from,,, or another booking site.

Booking: Reservations can be made by clicking the button below. Please note, spaces are limited and only reservations that have been paid in full will be considered confirmed. Simply requesting a reservation will not guarantee a place on the tour.