Diverse Cities

The DIVERCITIES Educational Programme consists of assignments that give students opportunities to learn about different aspects of diversity
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Students design and conduct research in the classroom and within the school neighbourhood about how apparent diversity is for the DIVERCITIES Educational Programme. Based on their own research, students propose a neighbourhood initiative that aims to make the neighbourhood more liveable and harmonious. Inspiration for this final assignment comes from examples of neighbourhood projects from cities around the world.
Learning objectives

Students are able to recognise diversity with respect to culture, lifestyles, socio-economic status, attitudes and activities in the classroom and in the school neighbourhood

Students understand that diversity can have both positive and negative effects on the livability of cities and neigbourhoods

Students are able to design and conduct research in the school environment. They are able to formulate a research question, gather relevant information and present their findings

Students learn about neighbourhood initiatives aimed at increasing the liveability of neigbourhoods. Students are able to substantiate their opinions by determining the strengths and weaknesses and the initiatives that are most appealing to them

Students are able to develop a proposal for a neighbourhood-initiative using the given criteria (target group, neighbourhood needs and practicalities). They are able to substantiate how their initiative connects to the diversity in the neighbourhood and how it contributes to liveability.

Target group and subject

Lessons are designed for students aged 12-15 years.

Subject areas include geography, social studies or citizenship.


The programme consists of five assignments. A project teaching plan is included for each assignment with information on how to use them in practice. The total programme of five assignments will take up about four regular lessons (50-60 minutes per lesson) or between four to six hours when planned as project work.

As a teacher you can choose to use part of the programme, for example, to use only the research assignments (first three assignments) or just the design assignment (last two assignments). Share your students’ results with us!

Request the Diverse Cities Educational Programme

To request a copy of our educational programme please email us with the following information:

Your name:
Subject you teach:
Student age group:

Our Educational Programme is available in the following languages:

Dutch, English, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Polish and Turkish.

Please indicate which language you wish to receive.

Images from left: Athens, Copenhagen and Warsaw.

The DIVERCITIES research team is very interested to know of the outcomes from your neighbourhood research and proposals for neighbourhood projects by your students. We would greatly appreciate it if you would share your students’ results with us via email: info@urbandivercities.eu.

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