Visit of our long time friends and colleagues from Opole University, Poland
I had another opportunity to visit Kaye College in Beersheva in May 2022 thanks to Erasmus+ KA107 funding we received at the University of Opole. I am a Polish sociologist and the UO leader of the networked Diversity and Migrations FORTHEM European Universities Alliance, so I am always keen on visiting the Multicultural Center and learning and being inspired by the complicated, yet fascinating diversity of Israel. On the first day, I visited teachers in Rahat, where I had a talk about teachers training and increasing diversity in Polish classrooms. On the second day I was included in the yearly trip for Israeli and Arab students, to different and very diverse places, like an unrecognized village and a school there or a kibbutz. We had fantastic discussions there. I also had a public lecture on the dynamics of migration to Poland and the reception of refugees from different backgrounds – Muslim countiries and Ukraine alike. It resonated very well with the reality of multicultural Beersheba and its fascinating ethnic composition. In my free time, I wandered around the city and explored its stunning brutalist architecture.
Dr. Michał Wanke, Department of Cultural Studies, University of Opole