Network Refugees

Project “Network Refugees”

Network supporting refugees – Education , NGOs , Public Authorities (Networking refugees) is a two year project (2016-2018) , funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus Plus program. The partner countries are Austria , Germany, Romania, Belgium and Poland. The partnership consists of 8 organizations – DIE WIENER VOLKSHOCHSCHULEN GMBH (Austria) , Bulgarian Development Agency ( Bulgaria), VolkshochschuleHannover (Germany) , ASOCIATIA NEVO PARUDIMOS (Romania), Poleski Osrodek Sztuki (Poland) , Nusselder (Netherlands) and HELSINGIN KAUPUNKI (Finland).The project aims to explore the role of non-formal adult education in the new refugee situation. The partners are sharing different ways to work with refugees in order to help them to integrate into the society during the time they are arriving until the time they get decision about their status.

The overwhelming refugee problem is highly topical in Europe and challenges all the stakeholders in society to contribute. Many institution have to find new ways to work and also find new partners and networks in the work with the refugees.The project wants to explore new roles of the non-formal education in promoting participation of the refugees in society.The target group of the project are: refugees, teachers, planners, health workers, representatives of NGOs and public authorities.

Main objective is the exchange of experiences and examples of best practice between the partners. The production of the final report and the brochure about innovative ways supporting immigrants and refugees is a second main objective. We will disseminate these products to local and national stakeholders, and publish the documents on the projects website.

The project activities include national reports , which introduce the immigration situation and integration practices of each country. There is a common template of 20 questions that every partner seeks answers to. These reports are presented and discussed in partner meetings. During the project each partner interviews at least 10 immigrants about immigration processes and good practices. We want to find out what has worked well from the perspective of immigrants themselves. What do immgrants consider to be good practices and what could be developed from their point of views? Best practices or good suggestions can derive from these answers.After compiling good practices together, each partner chooses one practice for an experiment. These experiments are reported and presented within the outcomes, ie. in the final report as well as in the brochure of good practices.

This is an Erasmus+ Key Action 2 Strategic Partnership Project for Adult Education coordinated by VHS Wien, Austria. The project started in the autumn 2016 and will carry on till the autumn 2018.

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