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Panel discussion:
Intercultural Opening of Schools. Experiences and Visions

Prelude to the Project "Diversity in Schools"
3 September 2012

Logo of "Vielfalt in Schulen" (Diversity in Schools)

Language deficits of students, high dropout rates - particularly among young people from immigrant families - and new requirements for teachers are catchphrases in the discussion about the role of schools today in immigrant society. The lifeworld, social, cultural and religious diversity of the students is often seen as an obstacle rather than a starting point for the design of individual learning processes. The intercultural opening of schools aims to overcome this deficit perspective by developing solutions that take the school system as a whole into account.

Together with key players from the worlds of school, science, and politics, we shall discuss how the intercultural opening of schools can be advanced.

The Panel:


3 September 2012, 7:30 pm


Old Building, second level, Great Hall




Ulrike Wagner
Tel: +49 (0)30 259 93 542
Fax: +49 (0)30 259 93 439

Dr. Mark Terkessidis
Journalist, author and migration researcher (Cologne/Berlin)

Karim Fereidooni
Educational scientist and author (PH Heidelberg/Dorsten)

Kutlu Yurtseven
Teacher, Political Education lecturer, and rapper (Cologne)

Dr. Jutta Deppner (invited)
Former headmistress of the Hermann Hesse Gymnasium, school partner in the project "Diversity in Schools" (Berlin)

Moderator: Dr. Nkechi Madubuko
Moderator, author, and journalist (Marburg)

A small reception will be held following the panel discussion from about 7.45 pm.

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