The project

The Teaching Immigration in European Schools (TIES) project develops innovative teaching modules to bring academic knowledge on migration into European classrooms. In close dialogue with teachers, students, and migrants, we develop best practice guidelines and ten teaching modules covering different aspects of migration to be taught in classrooms across Europe. The modules are 45-minutes long and use interactive teaching methods such as storytelling and audio-visual methods. These modules will be freely available on the website in six languages and can be taught in different subjects and school types.

The TIES project runs from September 2020 to August 2023. It is funded through a National Geographic Explorer Grant (NGS-64631E-19, 2020-2023) and is hosted by the International Migration Institute at the University of Amsterdam with the German Institute for Global and Area Studies as a cooperation partner.

What we do

  • We conduct interviews with teachers to map how migration is taught at secondary schools in different European countries and to understand what teachers’ challenges and specific needs are when it comes to teaching migration.
  • We visit schools to engage students in a conversation about migration to understand their specific interests and collect feedback on our modules.
  • We organise a series of workshops in spring and summer 2021 in Amsterdam. They involve a crash course on migration with researchers, training sessions with educators on interactive teaching methods such as storytelling and audio-visual methods, and focus group discussions with teachers and students around challenges and best practices of teaching migration.
  • We build a database of interested migration scholars, educators and educational stakeholders across Europe.
  • We develop best practice guidelines and ten teaching modules covering central aspects of migration across the world, oriented towards secondary school students and can be taught in different subjects and school types. 
  • We translate these modules into six languages (English, German, Dutch, Italian, French, Polish) and adapt materials and activities to different contexts across Europe. The teaching modules will be made freely available on this website throughout 2022 and 2023.