The 4th SUMIGRE partnership meeting in London
Our 4th project meeting was organised by MRC and held in London on the 6-7th Nov. 2018. We dedicated the better part of the meeting to the development of the curriculum for e-Learning training in May, 2019. The curriculum aims at educators working with immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees . It includes modules on essential topics such as the human rights of immigrants,development of intercultural awareness, intercultural competences and communication, cultural enterprise in education, discrimination in education and second language teaching. Our next task will be to translate the curriculum into the partner languages in order to ensure its wider use by the national target groups.
On the 1st day of the meeting , the Protection Gap Advocates , who are asylum seekers, participated in the meeting.They shared information about their experience and their expectations of educators who teach immigrants. It was thought-provoking for us all!
We also had the opportunity to learn about the interim evaluation and dissemination results of SUMIGRE thanks to the detailed reports by our partners BDA and BDF. We were happy to note that the good communication and the commitment of the partners were especially emphasized in the Evaluation report ! According to the Dissemination Report , the project has been disseminated to more than 10000 people so far via various tools and channels! This amazing figure shows that all of us have been using the dissemination tools at our disposal very efficiently
Local Workshop at KOGED
KOGED organised a thematic workshop in Izmit on 20th October to further disseminate our ongoing project SUMIGRE and its 1st intellectual output, the Migration Report( avaliable on www.sumigre.eu). While the primary aim of the workshop was dissemination, we also aimed to call the participants’ attention to the importance of intercultural awareness which is one of the topics of the training curriculum the SUMIGRE partners have been currently working on.The curriculum will be complete by the end of 2018 and the translated versions will be accessible on the project website next year.The workshop was held in three consecutive sessions with a focus on culture, its layers, the importance of a)avoiding stereotypes and assumptions in real life and b) understanding of one’s own culture.
Self-reflection exercises were followed by animated discussions and the post-activity evaluation.
Local workshop in Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic, the workshop took place on September 13, 2018, in Jablonné nad Orlicí. On the workshop, social workers working with children and youth, the employees of Schola Empirica, an academic worker from Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, and crime prevention manager participated. Within the Agenda, the project, its goals, and outputs were introduced and the participants discussed the contribution of the first annex on Good Practice Examples of the Migration Report (1st output) to their work. They rated most of the good practice examples positively. They just criticized the system limits which often doesn’t allow any bigger change.
Local Workshop at Migrants Resource Centre
In the United Kingdom, the local workshop on the SUMIGRE Project took place on October 31st at Migrants Resource Centre’s head office in London. The workshop was attended by ESOL teachers, whose work with migrants and refugees is greatly contributing to the mitigation of the structural barrier of communication, faced by their students. The participants were introduced to the Project, its Aims and its Intellectual Outputs. In particular, the meeting was dedicated to the presentation of the Migration Report, as well as the Training Curriculum and it was followed by a discussion on the challenges met by educators in migrant related environments and on the type of training, which would benefit them in their work. Generally, the participants found the Migration Report as an interesting compilation of different countries’ migration reports, they expressed their interest in reading it in detail and they were very keen to learn about the current situation in the countries of the partner organisations. Notably, they illustrated the importance of sharing good practices and being informed on training opportunities.
Local Workshop at BDF
On the 25th of October, BDF has organised a workshop in Leeuwarden for the migrant-related educators to learn more about the Migration Report, which is SUMIGRE project’s first output. Not only were the educators introduced to the migration situation in each partner country, they also had an opportunity to get inspired by the good practices in those countries. Because the project’s second output will be a Training Curriculum and an eLearning Platform, the migrant-related educators expressed their ideas on what is needed for a good Training Curriculum. They have highlighted that the Training Curriculum should be as practical as possible and that there should be an emphasis on the intercultural communication. Overall, the educators find that they have learned valuable information during the workshop.
The 3rd Transnational Meeting of SUMIGRE
Our partner, Business Development Friesland(BDF) hosted the 3rd transnational meeting of the project in the city of Leeuwarden on the 12th-13th of July 2018.
The primary aims of the meeting were the overview of the project development, the activities implemented so far and the results – mainly the completed Migration Report which is downloadable from this website-and setting up the schedule for the next activities and tasks. The translated good practices from the partner countries are also accessible on this website.
BDF shared the results of the evaluation of the two previous transnational meetings with the partners, the participants also shared information about their ongoing and upcoming dissemination activities which includes a thematic workshop by the end of the 1st project year.
The better part of the meeting was dedicated to the 2nd intellectual output of the project: Training curriculum for migrant-related educators who are the main target group of the project. We discussed the structure and the contents of the curriculum& the layout and clarified each partner organisation’s individual task.
The two guest migrant educators, who are responsible for providing integration programmes , gave general information about the situation of migrants in the Netherlands and Dutch language education for non-Dutch migrants in the country. They also mentioned the common challenges they have to deal with in their work which led us to reflecting on our own experiences !
SUMIGRE partners were in Prague
We held the 2nd transnational meeting of SUMIGRE in Prague on 16-17 April 2018.Our Czech partner, Schola Empirica hosted the meeting which focused mainly on the finalised draft of the 1st intellectual output of the project: Migration Report. It will be accessible on the project website by the end of June, 2018.
We presented our national good practice examples of a)provision of training opportunities for migrant-related educators in the partner countries and of b)cross-sectoral collaboration in migrant-related issues. These will be annexed to the Report and translated into the partner languages.
The visits to the two migrant-related organisations, which were quite inspiring, gave us an insight into how they go about their work and what kind of services they provide for migrants.
Last but not the least at all, the meeting enabled us to exchange experience and knowledge, share views and monitor how the project has been proceeding.
Project SUMIGRE kicked off on 18-19 January 2018 in Izmit, Turkey
The meeting focused mainly on the aims, objectives, project financing, project management& monitoring tools, the outputs, planned activities and the expected outcomes to understand the project background, understand the criteria which will ensure our success and understand our tasks and responsibilities and agree on certain issues.
There were extensive discussions about the 1st intellectual output, the Migration Report which will contain information about not only the situation of migrants in the partner countries but also the training opportunities provided for educators working with migrants. The Migration Report is expected to be finalised and published on the website in June, 2018.
After the meeting concluded, we paid a visit to the “Al Shami Kitchen”, a cooking and bakery facility provided for Syrian refugee women by Izmit Municipality, and tasted the traditional Syrian food which they cook and sell to contribute to their family income. The walk through the Izmit Historical Corridor and other sightseeing spots was the final activity of the 2-day meeting.
We will meet again in April,2018 in Prague where we will be taking a look at the draft of the Migration Report which is, by the way, to be OER and downloadable from the website.
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