The 1st Annual InterCap International Conference INTERNATIONAL MIGRATION, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND DEVELOPMENT EDUCATION: WAYS FORWARD successfully took place in Theater hall, Vilnius University, Universiteto st.3, Vilnius (Lithuania) on 12 October 2018. The conference was organized and hosted by Diversity Development Group assisted by all project partners and in cooperation with two associated partners: The Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania and the Vilnius University.
The conference was attended by more than 60 participants (education actors, decision makers, public servants, local education authorities, instructional designers, teacher trainers, pre-service and in-service teachers, school staff and the general public) and aimed to address the emerging concern on the way in which public perceptions of (in)security influence the understanding of international migration on one hand, and creates unfriendly public and political discourse around asylum, migration and integration issues on the other hand.
Considering the complexity of interlinkages between international migration, sustainable development and development education, the conference obtained two main elements: conceptual and educational.
Conceptual part: links between international migration and sustainable development were discussed in the morning session. Setting the Scene with the emphasis on migration policy making. Three key notes speeches were delivered followed by a panel discussion focusing on the 10th Sustainable Development Goal about (reducing) global inequalities and (managing) migration policies
Educational part: four different workshops for representatives of educational institutions and one workshop for experts from governmental institutions and nongovernmental organisations were organised with the aim to present different approaches and methodologies of development education for better understanding the global phenomenon of migration.
The conference was live streamed and all six key note speeches are available at the YouTube Channel of the Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania.
The conference proceedings are available here.