The project launched by the city of Tenerife, November 2016 to February 2019, aimed to build an intercultural and open society within the framework of Leadership and Political Commitment. Through the project the Strategic Framework of Intercultural Coexistence “Tenerife Vive Diversidad“ was drafted, applying participative methodologies. The process involved a large proportion society and key agents on Tenerife, who until now were not participants of the old strategy for the management of cultural diversity “Together in the same direction”.
The main objective was to promote intercultural coexistence and human rights, offering municipalities, entities and society on the island of Tenerife a tool to enhance their public policies and actions relating to diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion. Tenerife Vive Diversidad is a strategic framework elaborated through a participatory approach, setting forward 18 specific objectives and 54 inspiring measures including recommendations for application and starting points for interventions based on the 9 dimensions of coexistence.
The strategy aims to serve as a reference point for public administrations, associations and the citizens of the island of Tenerife, assisting them to manage cultural diversity, promote intercultural coexistence. Then strategy also provides guidance for the development of human rights as well as how to promote actions advancing the rights and needs of ethnic minorities and migrants.
The strategy was the result of a participatory process involving 300 persons and 50 associations. Through 14 workshops and three in-depth interviews, participants were asked what kind of coexistence they believed exists on the island of Tenerife and how it could be improved. A broad and diverse representation of society was sought at all times; and work was therefore carried out with a diversity of groups, taking into account factors such as age, gender, origin and religious identity.
In addition, other spaces for collective reflection in the context of the general activities of Estrategia Juntos En la misma dirección were offered. Once the information was collected, a drafting team preparing the strategy was created. The drafting also included the proposals of the Interdepartmental Commission formed by technicians and technicians from various areas of the Cabildo de Tenerife, as well as the political level.
This work process will continue on a permanent basis. The action is in its initial phase and the unanimous approval by the Plenary of the Island Council of Tenerife took place on Wednesday 27 February 2019.
The project was supported by several partners, including the Island Council of Tenerife, the University of La Laguna, the Immigration Observatory of Tenerife, 6 municipalities (Candelaria, Granadilla de Abona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, San Juan de la Rambla, San Cristobal de La Laguna and Arona), 50 citizens and 300 people.
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