European values in the UK

Between Brexit consequences and Hip Hop communities

The UK is experiencing acute pressures to make fundamental change following the national referendum decision to withdraw from the European Union and the formal legal decision to commence negotiations to effect the decision of the referendum earlier this year (“Brexit”). This has led to an increased awareness of the need to identify the nature of British values vis a vis European values which until recently had been largely unaddressed, but now have emerged as closely related to changing perceptions of national and personal identity.

INTEVAL (UK) has undertaken a literature search to explore the different usage of the concept of European values and especially how the divergent use of the idea of values is now – after the Brexit decision – being used in political and cultural narratives, and how this is being learned and taught. They have decided to focus their national work with that of other provider organisations in Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Edinburgh is the seat of the Scottish Assembly and has a diverse population with areas of high disadvantage and social exclusion. It also has a strong tradition of community education and social engagement.

INTEVAL have undertaken a scoping initiative to survey organisations in Edinburgh which may be suitable to take part in project activities in Edinburgh. This has included the local Hip Hop Community, political organisations, local community groups and groups set up to assist refugees and migrants who are arriving in Edinburgh. As an example, they have initiated discussions around European Values with the Hip Hop Community during Jam Piece 2017, an international Festival of Hip Hop Dance in partnership with Edinburgh Festival Theatre and Breakin Convention. A recap of this event can be found at http://www.thestateleith.com/jam-piece/

INTEVAL are now constructing three workshop/seminar programmes in Edinburgh. The first is to explore, with relevant stakeholders, the development of different approaches to relating the idea of European values to the realities of life in Edinburgh. The second to look into innovative learning and teaching methodologies, especially those related to including learning about values as part of the established curriculum in other learning provision, and the development of informal and non-formal learning about values. The third strand will explore the practical issues of developing provision in the future. This will include the practical development of the offered curriculum.

 

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