History

Belieforama began life as a European Union funded project (Grundtvig, 2004-2006) which consisted of developing and evaluating a body of award-winning training materials: the ‘Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination’ training programme.

Following the success of this development phase, a second EU project followed (Transversal, 2007-2009) which allowed for the multiplication, dissemination and evaluation of these materials. As a result, the Handbook for Adult Educators now exists in three languages (English, French and German) with course materials available in an additional four languages (Bulgarian, Turkish, Romanian and Danish). A total of 150 people have been trained to use the materials in their own environments and contexts thus reaching hundreds of students, teachers, professionals and private individuals with an interest in this field.

A comprehensive external evaluation of the programme, assessing its pedagogical approach, effectiveness and impact, was completed by the International Centre for Guidance Studies at the University of Derby.

The evaluation focused not only on the integrity and quality of the programme itself but also on the immediate and longer term impacts. The results were overwhelmingly positive.

The Religious Diversity and Anti-Discrimination training programme is also featured in: Human Rights Education in the School Systems of Europe, Central Asia and North America: A Compendium of Good Practice published by the Office of Democracy Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the OSCE, Council of Europe , office of the UN High Commission for Human Rights and UNESCO, 2009.

At the end of 2009 a third phase of EU funding began which led to the current project, now named 'Belieforama’. This phase continue through to 2012.

The project has built its success on an active partnership of organisations interested in issues of religion and belief.
Currently, Belieforama is developing, piloting and implementing new methods and materials for validating the competence of educators working with this training programme. At the same time, we are building the Community of Practice by providing long-term creative exchanges on continued programme development.