Young Agents of Change: Promoting Intercultural and Inclusive Education for Migrant Families through the AFEX Project

Mariana Rico Montaña

Social and cultural anthropologist, Autonomous University of Barcelona and AFEX facilitator

Young agents of change are a key element in the success of the AFEX project. Their participation as facilitators, student volunteers and internship university students has allowed the creation of a multilingual, multilevel and intergenerational environment, thereby contributing to the intercultural and inclusive education of migrant families. In addition, the participation of young people has had a formative and personal development value that has made them committed citizens capable of transforming their environment. In a context of growing need for intercultural education, the participation of young people in projects like AFEX is an inspiring example of how youths can be agents of change and drivers of social transformation.

“AFEX, Aprenem: Famílies en Xarxa” [We Learn: Networking Families] is an intercultural and inclusive education project of Casa Asia in collaboration with the Federación de asociaciones de familias de alumnado de secundaria (Federation of Associations of Families of Secondary School Students, FA- PAES). It has the support of the Secretariat for Equality, Migration and Citizenship of the Government of Catalonia, the Barcelona Interculturality Plan of Barcelona City Council, and the Grup de Recerca en Ensenyament i Interacció Plurilingües (Multilingual Teaching and Interaction Research Group, GREIP) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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