EUROCITIES is organising a study visit to Barcelona on 24-26 April in the framework of its Working Group inclusion through education.
Barcelona is a city described by the diversity and heterogeneity of its population. This diversity is clearly visible in the schools around the city. To welcome diversity and foster inclusion in schools and in the classroom, Barcelona has been innovating in terms of (pre-)school organisation, school leadership, training of teachers and educators and the use of innovative methodologies and digital tools.
Focus of our study visit
Barcelona's education policy has a strong focus on delivering equal opportunities for all children to benefit from quality and inclusive education. This approach is fully in line with principle 1 of the European Pillar of Social Rights providing that everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and lifelong learning.
Over three days of site visits, presentations and workshops, participants will learn about Barcelona's strategy to promote inclusion and equal opportunities in education. Through field visits to preschools, primary schools and secondary schools, participants will have the chance to discuss with practitioners and discover their good practices in:
- innovative and friendly pre-school organisation
- how to use digital tools in an innovative and efficient way with pedagogical goals
- how to support projects in and with schools to reduce inequalities
- how to promote positive school leadership adapted to a territorial context (how to work together with various stakeholders in the area)
Format and methodology of the study visit
The study visit will follow the 'critical friend review' methodology whereby the visiting cities do not only learn from the good practices showcased, but also provide suggestions and recommendations to Barcelona on how to further improve its educational policy and practices to get ever closer to achieving equality of opportunities and inclusion through education.