Founded in 1979, GERFEC aims to contribute to the building of peace in Europe.
It is looking to develop a pedagogy of intercultural and interfaith dialogue in schools.

Following our recent relocation from Strasbourg to Brussels we are hoping to encourage an ever-greater openness toward the educational problems of today’s Europe.

What is GERFEC ?
The GERFEC network
The GERFEC Council
Priorities for 2008-2009

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What is GERFEC ?

Name and purpose of the Association

“Le Groupement Européen pour la Recherche et la Formation des Enseignants Chrétiens, Croyants et de toutes Convictions” (European Group for research and training of teachers holding Christian and other beliefs and convictions.)GERFEC is an association set up under the French 1908 law, modified by the law of 1 st August 2003. It was registered in Strasbourg in 1979 as a “French association with European outreach”.

Aims
GERFEC aspires to encourage intercultural openness in Europe through the means of education.
At present GERFEC is concentrating on intercultural dialogue whereby Europeans may learn to live and work together in the context of today's Europe. In this we are at one with the Year of Intercultural Dialogue being promoted by the European Commission.

The GERFEC Council consists of representatives from each of the 14 countries at present working with us: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom.
We hope in the future to extend our representation to include other member-countries of the EU and of the Council of Europe.


The GERFEC network

The GERFEC network operates through all those who have taken part in our various European activities. At present GERFEC is contacting many of its former ‘stagiaires' with a view to forming a network of schools and colleges associated to GERFEC.
When this is complete we shall be able to realise such projects as :

  • Research and activity projects around intercultural dialogue.
  • Comenius and Leonardo projects between schools. Our courses draw participants from ten or more countries each time and offer an excellent opportunity to develop partnerships.
  • Themed exchanges not linked to European programmes. Such exchanges would concentrate particularly on intercultural and inter-convictional dialogue.

The aim of these networking activities is to help build, through education, a peaceful Europe.


The GERFEC Council

Belgium

Claude Gillard - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Geneviève Laloy - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Roseline Moreau - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Denmark

Aminah Tonnsen - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

France

Monique Chauvet - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Germany

Dr Georg Platz - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Greece

Elisabeth Rigoutsou – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hungary

Dr Zsuzsanna Gajdoczki – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Netherlands

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Norway

Dr Kari Flornes – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Poland

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Portugal

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Romania

Elena Giuroiu – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Spain

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Turkey

Prof. Dr. Mehmet Zeki AYDIN - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Dr. Uzeyir OK - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

United Kingdom

Jenny Banks Bryer - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Priorities for 2008-2009

In order to help develop an intercultural openness in Europe through its educational systems, GERFEC is organising the following activities and events:

  1. European Training Course for teachers and teacher-trainers. Title: “ Starting Dialogue in the Classroom from our different cultures and beliefs.” This course will take place in Coimbra, Portugal , from 22-28 July, 2009. Further information from Roseline Moreau This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  2. Introductory course “Stage A” 3-11 July 2009 organised by the GERFEC executive Bureau (France, Norway, Portugal). Title: “Building Europe in our schools”.
    Intercultural experience and reflexion among fellow-educationalists across Europe.
    The course takes place outside Strasbourg. Further information from Monique Chauvet This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  3. Launch of first phase of research project: co-ordinator Anne-Bénédicte de Saint-Amand.  

  4. Network set-up among Stage A participants to discuss actions set up following previous GERFEC courses.
  5. Comenius Project ( participants Portugal, France, Greece, Hungary) Title: “Mother Earth and Sustainable Life ”.
  6. Analysis of needs in the area of Europe and intercultural education in various GERFEC member-countries.

    • Meeting between president (or Executive Bureau member) and GERFEC co-ordinator in the country concerned.
    • Study of local context linked to GERFEC priorities leading to decision on
      • Training action
      • Or project (Comenius, Grundtvig etc)
      • Or other action to encourage intercultural opening.