About UDEL21

Project UDEL21 (Use Diversity to Enhance Learning in the 21st Century) aims to help schools and training providers on both regional and international level to integrate broadly defined diversity in education and therefore to realise better learning.

Participating countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovenia. All in all 720 schools will take part in this project which starts in September 2015 and ends in August 2018. During these three years a common frame of reference on diversity will be created, examples of good practices on exploiting full potential of diverse learning groups will be collected, tools based on the good practices will be developped (e.g. instruments, protocols, materials, case studies, schemes) and regional as well as international in-service trainings will be prepared and provided.

Our Goals

The vision of the project is to help to create better future society where everybody learns and lives better together in diversity! 
Integrating diversity in the school models is a crucial thing. We understand that to reach this goal it is important to equip teachers by the right knowledge and skills to be able incorporate local diversity into their practice and use it as a starting point. That is why the project defines a common frame of reference on diversity which provides common ground and shared understanding on how to integrate diversity in the school models and offers a European platform of information, discussions, and exchanges of experiences on the subject of diversity provides and offers to use a “library” of introductions and tools on diversity. The project shares experiences on training and presents a blueprint for this. Any European school, support organization or training provider can choose material from the “library” which fits best into their specific situation and can be inspired how to use diversity as a strength in education to realize better learning.

Project Outcomes

Common frame of reference (CFR)

The project will define common frame of reference on diversity which will provide common ground and shared understanding on how to integrate diversity in the school models and will offer European platform of information, discussions, and exchanges of experiences on the subject of diversity.
Defining of the CFR starts by good practices and the real problems of practitioners and searches how practice, research and policy can be connected according to diversity. The CFR looks at diversity from different points of view and focuses on several aspects of diversity namely social, linguistic, cultural, learning variability, physical, special needs etc.

The aim of the CFR is:

  • To get the connection with the practice of practitioners according to diversity;
  • To provide common ground in order to make sure that all have shared understanding on how to connect practice, research and policy according to diversity, how to integrate diversity in the school models and how to get teachers connected with students according to the several above mentioned aspects of diversity;
  • To provide a common basis for the tools and the in-service training (IST) modules;
  • To give guidance to teachers, principals, IST-providers, advisers, policy makers and others to renew, starting from their prior knowledge, their frame of thinking on how to cope with diversity.


Our work

In the project we developed a set of tools (e.g. instruments, protocols, materials, schemes) on coping with diversity or these tools are delivered by associated schools and revised by the project team in order to match with the Common frame of reference on diversity. 
Each partner developed activities in local schools around the project’s frames of references, introductions and tools on gender diversity, learning diversity, cultural diversity and language diversity. 
Together, the project-team designed international training. Based on all these experiences we provide a blueprint and roadmap that still has to be contextualized and adapted before it can be used.


2 international conferences

The projectteam organized two international conferences on the content of the project. The first one took place in the Czech Republic in September 2017, the second conference was held in Italy in May 2018.

Project Partners

Katholiek Onderwijs Vlaanderen

Carl Snoecx
Annemie Jennes
Diane Vanhove
Marleen Clissen

Secrétariat général de lʾenseignement catholique (SeGEC)

Bruno Mathelart
Sophie Dandache
Edith Devel, Emmanuel D’haeyere


Milan Kotík
Zdeňka Andělová, Barbora Vobořilová, Jana Swainson

Università degli Studi di Perugia (UNIPG)

Alessandra Valastro
Letizia Pietrolata
Mariella Morbidelli
Simone Petrucci

Osnovna šola Lucija

Jezerka Beškovnik
Andreja Klančar

Europa Büro, Stadtschulrat für Wien

Gudrun Jauk
Anja Thielmann


Course for teacher's trainers will be held in Castiglione Del Lago, IT, May 27 - June 1 2018.

2nd International Conference will be held in Perugia, IT, May 24-26 2018. Venue: Hotel Gió, University of Perugia. – see more

We are developing online environment for tools (activities, methods, approaches). Tools will be available from for practical use in a clasroom to support learning in/for diversity.