European project under the motto "Open adult education institutions - working and learning in a diverse environment to promote equality".

"Diversity Capacities - Improving the capacities of Adult Education Institutions to successful dealing with diversity (DivCap)" is the full title of the project.

The project aims to strengthen the personal competencies of employees in dealing with diversity under the selected aspects of ethnicity, culture and religion and to implement concrete measures in educational institutions.

To this end, each partner organisation works together with a second educational institution in the country. In a first step, questionnaires and checklists were drawn up, with the help of which these two organisations were classified in terms of their openness with regard to the aspects mentioned: where are the organisations well positioned, what could be improved. In a further step, methods and materials were developed to support these organisations in their opening process.These will be tested in a pilot phase and the results will be published in the form of case studies, tools and checklists.

Based on these experiences, guidelines and recommendations will be developed for different target groups such as pedagogical staff, administrative staff and managers as well as a methodology for experimental learning settings.

The project is led by the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Institute for Social Work, Graz.

The international DivCap team during the project management meeting in Hannover, Germany


  • Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Graz, Austria
  • Ada-und-Theodoer-Lessing-Volkshochschule Hannover, Germany
  • DafniKEK, Patras, Greece
  • Cooperativa Cramars, Tolmezzo, Italy
  • Participatie en Diversiteit, Enschede, Netherlands
  • Fundacion Docete Omnes, Granada, Spain
  • Obrtničko Učiliste, Zagreb, Croatia

Project period

1.11.2018 – 30.4.2021

More information

Find out about the progress of the project at and download the materials that have been developed.