Intercultural and Community Schools. Learning to Live Together
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AuthorEscarbajal Frutos, Andrés; Izquierdo Rus, Tomás; Aznar Díaz, Inmaculada; Cáceres Reche, María Del Pilar
Escarbajal-Frutos, A., Izquierdo-Rus, T., Aznar-Díaz, I., & Cáceres-Reche, M. P. (2019). Intercultural and Community Schools. Learning to Live together. Sustainability, 11(13), 3734.
We must remember the need to create communicative relationships among groups from different cultures, as well as to reinforce the configuration and organisation of the Spanish school system. The objective of this article is to highlight the urgent need to recognise cultural, religious and linguistic diversity as values. Furthermore, Spain has rejected the French assimilationist model, both in legal and practical spheres, and the only way to integrate this model is by implementing intercultural models. Following the Convention on the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression of the European Union, providing respect and recognition of plurality from intercultural inclusive positions is primordial in the learning context. We cannot talk about building an intercultural society without considering democratic practice and citizen participation; to this regard, dialogue and collaboration between the school community and educational centres are imperative. It is necessary to adopt an inclusive intercultural policy, to open education centres outside of traditional school hours, to reach agreements with cultural institutions, etc. Only in this way will an intercultural society become a reality.