ADULT EDUCATION AND REFUGEES. EAEA's new project Implementing Outreach, Empowerment Diversity (implOED) aims to engage disadvantaged adults in learning and to make education policies more effective for their needs. The topic is more relevant than ever, as Europe is facing the challenge of integrating millions of refugees.
ADULT EDUCATION & REFUGEES. With thousands of refugees making their way across Europe, there is an urgent need to help them integrate into new societies. This challenge can partially be answered thanks to one item that most refugees seem to own: a smartphone. Used for more than making phone calls or sending messages, smartphones can be a powerful tool to enhance integration and learning of refugees.
EAEA strongly welcomes the new initiatives “Skills Agenda”, and particularly the “Skills Guarantee” published by the European Commission. These ambitious initiatives have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of many citizens in Europe and to create positive changes by upskilling people that really need it.
In 2015, more than one million people – refugees, displaced persons and other migrants – have made their way to Europe, a number that continues to increase. Civil society organisations and movements have efficiently organised urgent measures or supplied basic needs for the migrants. Within the civil society, adult education providers have an important role in offering a wide range of courses, from language learning to information about services and systems to intercultural exchanges.
In the aftermath of Brexit, it has become clear that there is a polarisation among European citizens and between the citizens and the EU institutions. EAEA will continue to work for adult education and lifelong learning with all its members, whether in- or outside the EU, assures EAEA President Per Paludan Hansen.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. A creative approach to human reconciliation can build an open dialogue between resettlers and local communities – this is the belief of the Integration and Development Center for Information and Research in Ukraine, who won the 2016 Grundtvig Award in the category of National and Regional Projects. Yuliya Golodnikova from IDCIR and Oleg Smirnov from DVV International Ukraine explained at the EAEA General Assembly in June what makes their project stand out.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. “Through education we can revive the taste of normal life again for refugees,” says Reimaz Salim from Saint Andrew’s Refugee Services in Cairo. The 2016 Grundtvig Award winner in the category of International Projects shares the impressions and lessons learned in the years of working with refugees.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. “Integration works if we work together,” says Dóra Kanizsai-Nagy, co-founder of Kalunba Social Services in Budapest. The organization implements a number of projects to support refugees in building a new life in Hungary through various forms of learning. In a conversation with EAEA, Dóra shares the challenges and success factors in working with refugees.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Pictures have a language: this was the underlying principle of the Voices in Pictures (VIP) project consortium. By offering easily understandable visual materials, the project partners wanted to open the door to education for illiterate migrants.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. Refugees need a dignified reception in their new countries, one that goes beyond immediate humanitarian help. With this in mind, EAEA member the Swedish Adult Education Association, Studieförbunden, developed Swedish from day one, a project involving their ten study associations.