Partner Meeting - Caudete (Spain) 27 to 29 April 2022

From April 27th to 29th, 2022, Caudete (Spain) hosted the 5th transnational meeting of the CROSS Erasmusplus project “CROSS-Creating Other Learning Environments”. Three days of intense work on the topic of immigration and how to make Third Places, such as, Libraries, Adult Education and Cultural Centres, meeting places for teaching and informal learning for migrants.

On the first day the project partners had a warm welcome by the Mayor of Caudete Moisés López Martínez and the First Deputy Mayor of Caudete Felipe Bañón Graciá. The meeting  started with a speech "Libraries for all" by Alicia Sellés, Librarian and President of FESABID (Spanish Federation of Societies of Archivistics, Library Science, Documentation and Museums) which gave the project partners a good overview of good practices in Spanish libraries and showed examples of what excellent approaches can look like.

The participants proceeded with information on the situation of migration in different EU states and saw presentations of good practices by the VHS Iserlohn (Germany), the Adult Centre GERO (Luxembourg), the Library of Oosterschelde (The Netherlands) and the project of the Library of Caudete called Welcome Library.

In workshops all project partners discussed and collected further practical information for the toolbox which we will present at our next and final meeting in Luxembourg. The participants worked on

  • tools for the development, establishing and running of Third Places and relating adult education concepts,
  • analogue and digital tools for communication, cooperation, coordination and collaboration, and
  • the characteristics of Third Places to be attractive for Migrants” with the Aronson Puzzle method

Further the project partners also attended a performance of Spanish dance by the dance teacher of the Caudete Universidad Popular, had visits to the Exhibition Hall, Library, Classrooms of the Universidad Popular, Auditorium, Plenary Hall and Youth Centre to learn more about the Third Place approach of Caudete.