The role of intercultural education in teacher training: a comparison between Europe and Eastern Europe

In a globalised world, schools mirror a changing society. The research aims to identify the role of Intercultural Education in preparing future teachers. The study focused on the historical course of intercultural education in the European and former Soviet space. A comparison is made between Belarus and Italy's curricula and higher education programmes. The readiness of future teachers to work in a multi-ethnic classroom was analysed with the Shablyuk O. Questionnaire. The results obtained from the analysis of the culture of interethnic interaction made it possible to identify the possibilities of creative extrapolation of the positive experience existing in national educational systems. The research results can be used to improve the theory and practice of intercultural education and the preparation of preschool pedagogical personnel for work in a heterogeneous educational environment.