The purpose of the CLIEC project was to introduce interactive methods of intercultural teaching, developed by the coordinator of the Centre for Intercultural Education in Ghent, to a group of pilot schools in partner countries. The tested method, (NIKE in Polish; CLIM or Cooperative Learning in Multicultural Groups in English), is a special form of working in groups, employing ready teaching aids. The goals of the CLIM method are to teach intercultural competencies to citizens, to combat ethnocentrism, prejudice and stereotypes, to prevent violence and aggression, to teach peaceful ways of resolving conflicts, and to inculcate openness and helpfulness in contacts with members of different cultures. The method helps counteract passivity, encourages critical recognition and evaluation of one’s own culture, and supports minorities in their right to maintain their cultural differences. The role of the teacher using the CLIM method involves observing the students, evaluating their behavior and progress, offering support, and reacting to the presence of stereotypes and content that fosters prejudice in textbooks and teaching materials.
The website has links to partner institutions, descriptions of two case studies, frequently asked questions, and sample materials from one of the NIKE teaching packets, downloadable in pdf format.