International teacher training

I learned that diversity is more about un-learning the old than about learning

new things. Thank you very much for this very inspiring and well organized course!”

[Sebastian G., course participant 2015]

International teacher training course in Afacan/Turkey


Flight and migration – inclusive teaching practices in European classrooms

A practical approach with exercises and teaching units on the topic of migration, flight and diversity


About the course:

Migration and refugees have become relevant topics in a lot of European countries and this means also new situations for schools and teachers. Students with migratory backgrounds are in the classroom carry different perspectives and offer new aspects of diversity. Acknowledging the heterogeneous composition of classes, teachers will have to confront themselves with new challenges and approaches of teaching.


  • The course will approach the topics from two sides.


  • New methods on the topics of migration and diversity learning are presented in a practical way, we will try out several methods.

  • We will introduce Turkey not only as a main country of emigration to Europe, but also as a country with a large internal migration and a high number of refugees. The course will give an overview of the current situation, as well as visits to schools and projects, where we will meet teachers and people involved in migration projects there.

  • Nowadays students with migratory background especially those coming from the so called “muslim countries” are confronted with prejudices. Besides dealing with these subjects the course will generally provide material and approaches to work with diversity in classrooms.

  • Participants will get some insights into the Turkish society, and - with a focus on educational questions- develop intercultural learning.

About our institution:

The teacher training department of the Humanistic Association of Germany (HVD), section Berlin is engaged in various European networks and projects on the topic of migration. We offer a subject called “Lebenskunde” in Berlin public schools, a subject which deals with ethic and moral learning from a non-religious perspective. The human rights convention from the UN is one of our guidelines. Anti-discrimination and inclusion1 are important topics in our teaching and teacher trainings. Since many years we have contacts to Turkish institutions like the International Intercultural Centre in Afacan, the venue of our course. We will offer the course on a European level, because the topics are relevant in a lot of European countries and the exchange about experiences and strategies can be very fruitful.

Organizing Institution:

Humanistischer Verband Deutschlands, Bereich Lebenskunde Aus-und Fortbildung

Humanistic Association Germany, department of teacher training


Wallstr. 61-65 | D-10179 Berlin | Germany |


Bernhard Stolz | Tel: 0049-30-29493815 |

Target group:

Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, special needs), headteachers/principals/managers of schools, further pedagogical staff, all people who are working within the field of migration.


Procedure of application for Erasmus+ grants:

Since 2015 only institutions like schools can apply for Erasmus+ grants (former Comenius program). Interested schools or other educational institutions should contact the course organizer and inform about the number of participants who might be sent to the course, you will receive a pre-registration paper, finally the application of the institution has to be sent at the National Erasmus+ /Comenius agency in the country. Deadline for application at your national agency: 02.02.2016

After being accepted by your national agency please contact us again, then you will receive travel information, bank account and more detailed information. 

Maximum number of participants: 28

Minimum number of participants: 15

Fee in € for accommodation and meals : 650.00 (Accommodation & all meals)

Course fee in € (Tuition and materials): 550.00

Our team 

Bernhard Stolz, Dipl. Päd.,(graduate degree in education), Teacher

Sandra Moßner, MA. Päd. (graduate degree in education), Teacher, trainer at Technical University, Berlin

Burcu Önenc, Sociologist Municipality of Izmir Nevin Alkan, Teacher, Intercultural Trainer

Felicitas Klingler, Scientist in Islam studies

Hülya Mete, Sociologist Mimar Sinan Universitesi, Istanbul



The course will take place at Afacan Genclik evi, 438 sokak, No:2, Yenisakran/Turkey. Located 90 km north of Izmir directly at the Aegean coast

Find out more about the location:



Contact person for the course organization: Bernhard Stolz

Training contents:

Participants will:

  • get to know examples of various teaching and learning methods linked to the topics of flight, migration, diversity and inclusion

  • learn to be aware of and reflect own involvement in prejudices and racism

  • get an overview of Anti-discriminatory approaches (e.g. Anti-Bias, Empowerment strategies) and will practice it during the course week

  • share and receive inputs from various European countries

  • receive information on migration and diversity and the actual situation of refugees in Turkey

  • be able to realize links and issues arising from migration

  • get to know the Turkish educational system



  • the course will include lectures and workshops

  • there will be a focus on active learning methods 

  • participants will get opportunities for group work, for self-reflection, for discussions and for sharing experiences

  • we also offer movies related to the topic

Follow up:

Participants will receive copies of the introduced material. An online group for exchange and material sharing will be established after the course. 

Preparatory activities:

We like to share our experiences, therefore it would be helpful to bring some information about the actual situation concerning migrants and refugees in your country/ school and (if you have) some practical examples from your work



Interim Program:

The course program starts at 26th of September 2016 at 9:00 am and ends at 1st of October 2016 at 16:00 pm


SUNDAY, 25th of September 2016:

Day of arrival

Welcome activities


MONDAY, 26th of September 2016:


Introduction, Ice Breaking Activities, Wall of diversity

Experiences of participants in the field of migration and education

The school system in Turkey



A short look into the history of Turkey

Lecture and discussion about diversity and internal migration and the situation of refugees in Turkey

7.00 pm dinner


Evening: Migration in Movies I (open-air cinema):

Iki dil –bir bavul (two languages-one suitcase) by Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Dogan


TUESDAY, 27th of September 2016:


Module: “Muslim Cultures” in western Europe, prejudices and realities; practical exercises



Inputs about perception of migration from various countries

Module “Teach Me” (Part1): Participants introduce their own experiences and materials

7.00 pm dinner


WEDNESDAY, 28th of September 2016:



Visiting a local institution dealing with migration

Bus trip to Izmir

Guided tour in Kadifekale (Migrant district) by a local social worker

(Including a lecture on the specific migrant situation in Izmir)


Afterwards: free time


THURSDAY, 29th of September 2016:




Diversity in European Classrooms (I), The question of identity

Working with pupils with migration background in European countries

Various methods get introduced acc. to different class room situations

Teach me (part2)



Diversity in European Classrooms (II)

Introducing methods about self-reflection and reflection of power structures in the society

Practical exercises for school

7.00 pm dinner



Migration in movies II (open-air cinema):

Welcome” by Phillippe Lioret


FRIDAY, 30th of September 2016:



How to establish international co-operation and partnerships projects

Best practice examples



Ancient Cultures in Turkey

Excursion to Pergamon

Afterwards: free time in Bergama


7.00 pm dinner


SATURDAY, 1st of October 2016:



“Teach Me” (part3)

Implementation of new approaches, experiences and knowledge in my daily teaching



- Evaluation of the course



SUNDAY, 2nd of October 2016:



Day of departure


We understand inclusion in its broad meaning, not only concerning physical and mental disabilities, but in general finding all diverse interests, capacities and perspectives of pupils and teachers – concerning e.g. gender, social and regional descent, family constructions, nationality, skin colour / race, physical and mental abilities, etc. - included in the daily school life and within the subjects of school and hence offering erveryone an opportunity of identification within the schoolcontext.


International teacher training course in Afacan/Turkey 24.-29.09.2012