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3nd Coordinator Meeting/2st Partnership Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, May 8/10, 2003.
Lisbon (Oeiras)

(2nd full meeting of partners)
Oeiras, May 8. and May 10, 2003

The meeting was divided into two parts: one meeting before the start of the first annual conference in Lison, one meeting afte the annual conference was finished.

1. People present
2. Background and update from overall coordinator
3. Update from national working groups
4, Patnership – final changes of 2003
5. WWW-site
6. Financial affairs
7. Reflection on MIR Contact Seminar and First Annual Conference
8. Course for teachers, Malmö, October 2003: overview from Swedish local organizer
9. 2004: Annual conference, Barcelona (Girona): overview from Swedish local organizer
10. Any other business

The following national working groups were represented:
Czech Republic:
Eva Kordova, Anglo Czech High School
Robert Dulfer, Spolecnost Rozmberk o.p.s. (Rozmberk Society)
Isabel Rasoilo, Universidade Aberta/CEMRI
Anna Farjas, IES la Garrotxa
Lena Björk, Linden (Lindängskolan)
CamillaHodel-Fryzell, Ängen (Lindängskolan)
Dirk Lange, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Elisabeth Liebsch, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Northern Ireland:
Evelyn Cardwell, Ulster American Folk Park
Jernej Mlekuz, Institute for Slovenian Emigration Studies ZRC SAZU
Barbare Klempas, Osnovna sola Oskarja Kovacica
Bodhild Baasland, Norwegian Board of Education
Martha Lea, Stavanger University College
D, D. Daatland, Stavanger University College
Rebeka Mesanc Zabcic, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Relations
Ulf Åkerberg (guest from ECOLE Com 3)
Ingrid Jurela Jarak (guest from Ministry of Education, Croatia)

1. People present during meeting
May 8th:
Dan Dyrli Daatland
Anna Farjas
Eva Kordova
Rebeka Mesanc Zabcic
Bodhild Baasland
Evelyn Cardwell
Lena Björk
Robert Dulfer
Martha Lea
Elisabeth Liebsch
Dirk Lange
Jernej Mlekuz

May 10th:
Dan Dyrli Daatland
Anna Farjas
Eva Kordova
Rebeka Mesanc Zabcic
Evelyn Cardwell
Lena Björk
Robert Dulfer
Martha Lea
Elisabeth Liebsch
Dirk Lange
Jernej Mlekuz
Ulf Åkerberg (guest from ECOLE Com 3)
Ingrid Jurela Jarak (guest from Croatia)

2. Background and update from overall co-ordinator
Information especially about the meting for network coordinators in Brussels, February of 2003. Other reminders as well.

3. Update from groups
a. Sweden. The energy so far has been used to plan the Malmö course in October. The Swedish national coordinators realise that one of their main tasks is to find member schools so that the Swedish group will increase in numbers. A plan for the activities of the year and a budget plan for the costs of these activities is necessary before more financial support is distributed from overall coordinator.
b. Slovenia. Working plan and budget OK. Projects presented by Barbara Klempas and Jernej Mlekuz. Wants also to take part in and contribute to the Historical Emigration project (Czech Republic) and project ideas presented by the German group (analysis of text books on migration; use of video in teaching).
Schools in the Slovenian group are all active apart from one.
c. Germany. Working plan and budget OK. 4 projects presented by Dirk Lange and Bernhard Stoltz. Now 4 partners from Berlin engaged after change of leadership in German group – Antoniuis Holtmann has retired and Dirk Lange has taken over. Tries to find a new partner school also in Oldenburg.
d. Ireland. Signed documents clear, but needs working plan and budget. Have enough local money to start working, though. Now 6 partners. New Citizenship Curriculum in schools should be of interest for the MIR network and for other partner institutions (This was confirmed around the table from other national coordinators). Wants to take part in the Historical Emigration project (Czech Republic) and other initiatives suggested during the contact seminar.
e. Czech Republic. Working plan and budget still needed. Same situation as in Sweden: overall coordinator needs this before more financial means can be sent to the Czech group of partners. Some changes in partner group (one school has had to withdraw because head of school has changed his mind). One project presented by Robert Dulfer: Investigating Yesterday’s Emigration – Understanding Today’s Emigration. This project might be joined by Slovenia, Norway and Ireland. Local project ideas was also mentioned that will involve Czech minorities living elsewhere in Eastern Europe (Rumania).
f. Portugal. Working plan and budget OK. Presented projects from different parts of Portugal in the conference main program. An exhibition (“Ludoteca”) from Escola superior de Educacao Joao de Deus. Presentation of CEMRI activities.
g. Spain. Working plan and budget soon coming. Presentation of some small local project ideas. Main interest by now: planning the Second Annual Conference, Girona, 2004.
h. Norway. Working plan and budget in earlier documents. 3 projects presented by Gust Helland, Liv Laksfoss and Liv Søyland (Gölin Kaurin Nilsen that involves several partner institutions from other national working groups. Contact has been also made between the Josephine Café project, Fernanda Estrela (ACODDEN Com 3) and Maria de Luz Correia (Portugal).
i. Croatia. The group is supported by the Minister of Education. They (Rebeca Mesaric) also act as evaluators of network events (course for teachers in the autumn and annual conference in spring). Activities in the Croatian group are going very well and were presented during workshops at the conference. However, too little time was set aside for this. This was regrettable.

4. Partnership –final changes of 2003
There have been some changes of partners and members in most of the groups since the Application. Spain has become a partner since it has been difficult to establish a stable Italian group around the only partner institution there. It is important that the coordinators in every country makes certain that all proper forms are signed by the relevant institutions and sent to the overall coordinator so as to pass over to TAO information about changes done.

5. WWW-site: MIR WWW Database
National coordinators should make certain that each partner and member institution (and staff taking part) is correctly registered in the database. National coordinators should also make certain that activities in each national working group is registered in such a way that all institutions in the network can see what is taking place between main events like annual conference (spring) and course for teachers (autumn). This includes sending out Information Letters in each national group and supporting partners and members in their endeavour to take part in transnational project groups, i.e. following up work done in the contact seminar the last few days in Lisbon.
The meeting was satisfied with workshops on how to use the WWW-site ran by O. Vikingstad (WWW designer) during the annual conference. These workshops were started at the Omagh course for teachers (October 2002) and will be repeated for new teachers at the next course for teachers (Malmö, October 2003).

6. Financial affairs
All have to present a working plan for the year and a budget for the same to get the second half of the first 40% of the money (which has been transferred from TAO to the overall coordinator).

7. Reflections on MIR Contact Seminar and First Annual Conference
There were different opinions whether it was best to start with the contact
seminar or to start with the annual conference proper. There were arguments for both choices. Some suggested an alternative for those who were interested in discussing certain themes, not necessary starting up a new projects. Perhaps more plenary workshops could make this possible?
The themes for the conference were wide. It may be an idea to choose more narrow themes.
The way the workshops were organised may be discussed before next annual conference.
The Portuguese local organizer was applauded for a interesting program, a good arrangement, interesting cultural activities, good work and great hospitality in general.

8. Course for teachers, Malmö, October 2003
The Malmö group presented the program. Most of the programme is finished and will only need small adjustments. By now there are around 60 applicants registered, but as the question of financial suppoort from the Socrates National Offices (i.e. Comenius 2.2 grants) is not clear perhaps only a third of these applicants are realistic participants. The national coordinators may assist applicants from partner institutions with funding from their local Com 3 budgets.

9. 2004: Second Annual Conference, Barcelona
The conference has been moved from Barcelona to Girona! Anna Farjas has been in contact with a few lecturers to make certain that they will be available. It was decided to add a day, so that the contact seminar and conference will take place 21 to 25 April, 2004. The saturday will be an open day for cultural activities and not used for the annual conference like this year. It will, however, be possible for project groups to come together and make use of Saturday.

10. Any other business
All national coordinators should make a preliminary report and evaluation of the activities so far. This will cover both activities in the national working groups and in the transnational project groups so as to prepare a proper annual report by the end of the year. It is important to get a good grip of own work. It will also make the later official report easier to do.


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