06.09.2016 PROJECTS

“College for qualified refugees” promotes personalized assistance in learning

EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Young refugees fleeing war or persecution often leave everything behind: family, friends, but also education. Ada-und-Theodor-Lessing Volkshochschule in Hannover supports young asylum seekers in continuing their studies by providing them with personalised help.

The article series shares good practices by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2016.

“College for qualified refugees” is a Grundtvig project implemented by Ada-und-Theodor-Lessing Volkshochschule in Hannover. It reaches out to refugees who think that their university studies or vocational training are limited to their home countries and helps them achieve their ambitions in Germany.

Personal guidance is key

To make sure that young refugees can successfully continue learning after settling in Germany, the project offers free and intensive language classes and prepares for the official exam in German language proficiency. Participants also receive assistance in making an informed choice about their future studies and in applying for university or vocational training.

By widely promoting the project through social workers in refugee accommodation, in consultation offices for migrants, at university and online, the organisation opened up to a number of refugees in Hannover.

Step-by-step guidance is of immense help to those who are still adjusting to a new life and helps young refugees to not only continue their education, but also set new goals and ambitions.

Project: College for qualified refugees

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Text: Aleksandra Kozyra
Photos: Ada-und-Theodor-Lessing Volkshochschule