EXPERTS from the United States, Morocco, France and Italy will participate in the First International Congress for Education in the Mediterranean which will take place in Palma from May 11 to 13. During the conference measures and strategies will be sought to improve the integration of immigrants into the education environment and the incidence of multiculturalism in modern society will be analysed. During the presentation of this event, which is being organised by the Balearic Ministries of Education and Culture, and Immigration and Cooperation and will be held in the Hotel Gran Melia Victoria, the Education Minister, Francesc Fiol, repeated the necessity to take action appropriate to the needs of this group and “to the challenges of a globalised society”, favouring coexistence and the rejection of “every type of social exclusion”. The conferences within the Congress will be focussed mainly on the importance of training pupils and teachers in the understanding of cultural diversity “as a value and a hope, not as a situation of conflict”, according to Fiol, who said that the Congress will allow an analysis of socioeducative intervention from different approaches. The Congress, with the slogan “Education, integration and migratory movements: proposals for the 21st Century”, will be opened on Thursday at 4.30pm with the conference, “Education, democracy and multiculturalism: dilemmas of the people in a global society”.