International LTN GAP Seminar: “Immigration and Good Quality Education”, Palermo 2018

Please find below the keynote presentations from the course.


20180428 Palermo : Balancing between economic growth and Quality Education

GAP Slides-2018 : Addressing Immigrant Student Achievement Gaps across Canada

EU Slides-2018

Palermo_SMU : Teachers skills for intercultural dialogue and a good quality education for all

With input from recognised experts and interactive discussions among the participants, the Palermo Seminar will explore, learn more and elaborate on how schools and teacher education institutions can handle Immigration and migration from the perspective of Quality Education.

We welcome you to participate in the Palermo Seminar, which will be enjoyable, inspiring and addressing this key issue crucial to the development of education and training, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education.


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. ESD means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning. The United Nations has adopted the UNESCO Roadmap for implementing the Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development.

The GAP has two objectives:
* to reorient education and learning so that everyone has the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that empower them to contribute to sustainable development – and make a difference;
* to strengthen education and learning in all agendas, programmes and activities that promote sustainable development.

The Learning Teacher Network is an official UNESCO GAP Key Partner on the capacity building of educators and trainers (GAP, Priority Action Area 3).

The Sustainable Development Goal number 4 “Quality Education” – within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


The charming venue Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes is located in the historical centre of Palermo, Sicily.

Founded in 1874 and renovated in 1907 by one of the great masters of the Art Nouveau Style, Ernesto Basile, the exquisite Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes hotel exudes historical charm. Grand decor of marble floors and antiques combine nicely with very latest technology to make your stay a memorable one. The recently restored restaurant, bar and banquet room will host the event in great style with unforgettable moments.

Accommodation for three (3) nights with breakfasts (arrival Thursday 26 April 2018, departure Sunday 29 April 2018) at the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes is included in the full conference package. The hotel rooms are modern, spacious, and with free WiFi.

For details on how to get to the hotel click here.

Seminar Programme

Thursday 26 April 2018
Afternoon: Delegates arrive at hotel
16.30 Registration of delegates
17.00 Initial welcome session (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, LTN/Osnabrück University and Dr. Martin Fitzgerald, LTN/Limerick Institute of Technology) and Valeria Cortina, Centro Astalli Palermo) followed by a guided sightseeing walk in the city centre
19.00 Evening dinner

Friday 27 April 2018
09.00 Overall introduction and introductory sessions (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using)
09.30 Keynote: ESD in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seizing the Opportunities (Charles Hopkins, UNESCO/York University)
10.30 Coffee
11.00 Immigration and Good Quality Education at School – Study visit
12.20 Group photo followed by Lunch at 12.30
14.00 Keynote: Teachers skills for intercultural dialogue and a good quality education for all (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using, Osnabrück University)
15.00 Coffee
15.30 Interactive dialogue and discussion with participants and speakers (Moderator Dr. Martin Fitzgerald)
17.00 Town Hall Meeting
19.00 Evening Dinner

Saturday 28 April 2018
09.00 Keynote: ESD in the Sustainable Development Goals: Seizing the Opportunities (Charles Hopkins, UNESCO/York University)
10.00 Coffee
10.30 Presentation of Case Studies with interactive dialogue and round table responses (Dr. Martin Fitzgerald)
P1 “Addressing Immigrant Student Achievement Gaps across Canada” Prof. Louis Volante, Canada
P2 “Cultural Empathy through Authenticity and Openness” Kader Maikal and Birthe Witt Jason, Danmark
P3 “We, the Kids of the EU, believe…“
Tajana Bundara, Natalia Caracci and Marjeta Raztresen, Multinational
P4 United World College in Mostar: educating for peace & promoting diversity Jasminka Omerović and Elma Mahmutovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
12.30 Lunch
13.30 Group Discussions on Migration and Good Quality Education (Moderator: TBA)
14.30 Coffee
15.00 Continued session from above (Moderator: Dr. Bill Goddard)
16.30 Summing up, looking ahead and closing of seminar (Dr. Susanne Müller-Using and Dr. Martin Fitzgerald)
16.30 Free time

Sunday 29 April 2018
08.30 Farewell and Certificate procedure


Seminar fee

The seminar fee is €340.

Students and teacher students will be able to apply for a discounted fee.

The conference fee includes 
– full board (lunches on Friday and Saturday; all coffees; evening meals on Thursday and Friday; drinks to all meals); 
– access to all sessions; 
– all materials;
– certificate of attendance.

Seminar fee for local teachers

The discounted seminar fee is €240 (no evening dinners).


Accommodation including breakfast at the conference venue/the Grand Hotel des Palmes is for three nights, with arrival on Thursday 26 April 2018 and departure on Sunday 29 April 2018. The cost for the three nights is €370 for single room use and €215 per person in a shared double room.

At registration the conference organiser will make the hotel reservation for you and invoice the room nights together with the conference fee.

On the on-line registration form you can choose whether to include accommodation at the conference venue/the Grand Hotel des Palmes or not.

Registered Delegates

Country Name Institution
BiH Elma Mahmutović LTN /United World College
BiH  Jasminka Omerović  United World College in Mostar
Canada Charles Hopkins UNESCO
Canada Loius Volante Brock University, Hamilton, Ontario
China  Wan Lu  Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities
China  Yunhua Liu  Shangri-la Institute for Sustainable Communities
Croatia Marita Guć Osnovna škola Manuš, Split
Croatia Tajana Bundara Osnovna škola Manuš, Split
Denmark Rasmus Østerby Thorning School, Kjellerup
Denmark Lone Stig Andersen Thorning skole, Kjellerup
Denmark Eva Tornøe Therkildsen Sabro-Korsvejskolen, Sabro
Denmark Birthe Witt Jason Sabro-Korsvejskolen, Sabro
Germany  Rainer Kopp Forum Eltern und Schule
Germany Susanne Muller-Using Costa Rica Center/Osnabrück University, Osnabrück
Ireland Martin Fitzgerald Department of Applied Social Sciences
LIT, Tipperary Campus
Italy Alessandra Benanti  Direzione Didattica Maneri- Ingrassia, Palermo
Italy Natalia Caracci Isttituto Comprensivo Emanuele Armaforte
Italy Valeria Cortina Centro Astalli Palermo
Scotland Francine Whitmore Glasgow English as an Additional Language, Glasgow Dyslexia Support and International
Shanghai/China Janne Leino Hanns Seidel Foundation
Slovenia Damjana Potočnik  Oš Valentina Vodnika
Sweden Bo Hellstrom Swedish Council for higher education/Den globala skolan/The global school
Sweden Mathias Demetriades  The Global School
Sweden Markus Forsell  Anderstorpsgymnasiet
Sweden Maria Holm  Department for Education, Karlstad
Sweden Kjell Nilsson  Nyköpingsgymnasium
Sweden Daniel Olsson  Karlstad Komun
Sweden Per Sonderberg  Anderstorpsgymnasiet
The Netherlands Anton de Vries Stenden University
The Netherlands  Iris Siemons Rotterdam University of applied sciences 
The Netherlands Maria Stock Vervoorn   The Hague University of Applied Science
UK Helen Horton  University of Sunderland, Lancaster
UK John Murray  Francis Askew Primary Academy, Kingston-upon-Hull
UK Leon Tikly University of Bristol