Parent-child groups support refugees in Austria

Tue 13 Sep 2016 04:16:00 PM EEST

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Refugees are often under immense stress and suffer psychological trauma. Fearing that this might affect their family relationships, Katholisches Bildungswerk Vorarlberg in Austria launched a project on parent education.

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Recognising the fears and insecurities that many refugee families face, Katholisches Bildungswerk Vorarlberg in Austria started a project about parent education. With workshops on conflict resolution strategies and educational methods, the organisation aims to offer guidance and support.

First meetings took place in refugee reception centres in 2014. Parent-child groups were soon established to help families discuss their everyday problems in a non-threatening, informal atmosphere. Regular meetings still continue and often include workshops for parents, with activities foreseen for children at the same time.

The organisation stresses the success factors behind the project. Regular meetings and workshops are not only a way to learn more about children’s needs, but also a chance to meet other families and already form a network. Likewise, children can develop their knowledge of German through informal learning and also get to know their peers.

Project coordinator


Text: Aleksandra Kozyra
Photo: Katholisches Bildungswerk Vorarlberg