Promoting migrant inclusion through adult education and learning has been part of European Union policy for some time. At both formal and non-formal levels of adult educational provision, migrant inclusion has been addressed through the development of local community learning.

The project "TALKING - Transactional Analysis Learning for Keeling over the Intercultural Gap" seeks to address the challenges  faced  by  the European adult learning trainers and educators, working with migrant and refugee learners. It emphasizes on building adult trainers` capacity in the European communities and engaging both learners and educators in a constructive intercultural dialogue, supported by transactional analysis. 

Migrant training in adult learning settings in nowadays Europe is a dynamic educational domain that faces a wide range of challenges. Oftentimes, the intercultural classes face linguistic, literacy and cultural difficulties to communicate with their educators. In addition to challenging schedule (evening classes) and learning environment (large and heavily heterogeneous  groups of learners from various cultural,educational and social backgrounds), trainers are subjected to a number of challenges not just to the intercultural but also to the emotional aspects of communication and learning inclusion.

There is a growing need among educators and administrative staff for innovative learning approaches and methods that can bridge the gaps in intercultural communication and foster migrants inclusion: both in education and social life. Transactional analysis can
 address the needs of the educators, accommodating both individual and interpersonal approaches and successfully maintaining an intercultural dialogue for inclusion.

IFREP-93 and Consorzio Ro.Ma. have developed the TALKING project idea in its search for an innovative  and  effective  approach to support  the intercultural adult learning process,empowering the European trainers with useful communication tools.

The Transactional Analysis (TA) has a rich potential to  bridge those gaps in adult education in Europe.

Thus, The European Commission has funded the TALKING project,  which seeks to implement the methods of TA in intercultural adult learning in Europe and address the issues of migrant inclusion in European communities.

Starting on September 1st 2016, the project is expected to last 24 months, until the end of August 2018. It will realize a series of trans-national partner meetings in each partner country, working out a set of research and training activities: both residential - as a joint staff training - and virtual - as series of online training courses and moderated discussions via the project`s Virtual Learning Platform eTALKING. A raw of local multiplier events in Italy, Greece, Spain, UK and Slovenia will present the project results to the local communities in June 2018. A project results`wrap-up and a follow up plan will be presented at the final project newsletter in August 2018, also providing a summary of the project evaluation results. 

TALKING  is delivered by a consortium of seven European partners, namely:  CPIA 3 Roma (Italy), Consorzio Ro.Ma (Italy), Associazione “Istituto di Formazione e Ricerca per Educatori e Psicoterapeuti 1993, Fondata da Pio Scilligo– IFREP 93 (Italy), European Education and Learning Institute EELI (Greece); Instituto Municipal de Promoción Económica,Formación y Empleo IMPEFE (Spain); Razvojno Izobrazevalni Center Novo mesto (Slovenia) and the MBM Training and Development Center (the UK). CPIA 3 Roma (Italy) acts as a project coordinator in the European consortium.