About

Period: 2016-2019

Partners:

  1. Lykeio Agiou Ioanni, Limassol, Cyprus
  2. Gymnazium, Dukelska 30, Giraltovce, Slovakia
  3. Sredno obshtoobrazovatelno uchilishte Hristo Botev, Vratsa,  Bulgaria
  4. Aguv Tobb Ozel Tekden Fen Lisesi, Talas,Turkey
  5. 1 Gymnasio Mytillinis, Mytilinis, Greece
  6. Istituto Di Istruzione Superiore Statale Liceo Classico- Scientifico- Tecnico-Industriale (Indirizzo Chimico), Mascalucia, Italy
  7. Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde, Vila Verde, Portugal
  8. Colegiul National “Preparandia-Dimitrie Tichindeal”, Arad, Romania

Description of the project:

People’s freedom of movement and settlement is one of the fundamental freedoms and principles of the EU. Since ancient times Europe has faced the constant movement of people leaving their countries for various reasons (war, natural disasters, poverty). In recent years due to the situation in the Middle East, this phenomenon has become so intense that it has become a problem for the refugees / immigrants themselves as well as the hosting countries. To deal with the problem requires an extensive cooperation between countries but also between voluntary NGOs.

Research has shown that early school leaving is greater for students coming from immigrant/refugee families. Our work aims to break prejudice among local populations and refugees / immigrants so that their integration into the local communities becomes smoother and more effective. The smooth integration of immigrants/refugees  in local communities will reduce delinquency, early school leaving and unemployment among young people whose parents are refugees / immigrants.

Number and profile of participants:

The project is expected to actively involve over 2000 people: students, parents, teachers, members of voluntary NGOs and local officials.

Students: 2 from each school will be involved in 1mobility (Total: 16). Moreover, 150-1000 students (depending on the size of the school) from each school, will take part in all project activities. Profile: students irrespective of their academic achievements, family background or financial status.

Teachers: 16 teachers from each school will be involved in 8 mobilities. Moreover, 50-100 teachers (depending on the size of the school) from each school, will take part in all project activities.  Additionally about 200 teachers and 100 school administrators from each participating town will take part in dissemination activities. Profile: Teachers, Vice-principles, Principles from all departments.

Parents at least 200 from each school will be involved in the project’s activities.

NGOs: at least 20 from each country will be involved in the project’s activities.

Local Authorities: 10-20 from each town.

Activities done in the course of the project:

  1. Contact surveys and analysis of the results
  2. Seminars
  3. Participation in search and rescue teams for refugees
  4. Visits to refugee camps and settlements to provide assistance.
  5. Organization of cultural / charity events
  6. Historical studies
  7. Transnational meetings
  8. Teaching in the classroom by teachers of all nationalities participating in the programme
  9. Creation of Power Point Presentations
  10. Work Groups
  11. Workshops
  12. Dissemination activities.

Methodology used:

Social research/field research, Surveys, Meta-Analysis

Teaching methodology: Work groups, Seminars, Laboratory work, Experiential Learning

Brief description of the expected results and impact:

  1. Reduction of prejudice between locals and migrants / refugees
  2. Smoother integration of immigrants / refugees into local communities
  3. Reduction of school delinquency, bullying and school failure
  4. Reduction of early school leaving among migrant / refugee children.
  5. Reduction of unemployment of young people from immigrant  families
  6. A large number of students and teachers will increase their skills in communication, modern technologies and languages
  7. Students will learn to cope with difficult situations, will enhance their autonomy, become more creative and innovative and will gain leadership skills
  8. The acquisition of the above skills will help our students in their future academic and professional careers.
  9. The teachers will become better educators, more efficient and more open to new ideas
  10. The schools will create a better learning environment and therefore achieve better results.

Potential long-term benefits of the project:

  1. It will strengthen the citizenship values of the EU and the democratic ideals to of the citizens of local communities
  2. The role of voluntary NGO will be more appreciated and strengthened with new members
  3. The teachers will become better educators, more efficient and more open to new ideas
  4. The schools will create a better learning environment and therefore achieve better results.