Integration Through Sustainable Lifestyle
Start date: Sep 1, 2016,
End date: Aug 31, 2018
The European Union faces a large influx of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees who want to settle down in Europe, according to the statistic Eurostat (2014), the number of people living in the EU-28 who were citizens of non-member countries was 19.6 million while the number of people living in the EU-28 who had been born outside of the EU was 33.5 million. The aim of the EU Member States is on the one hand to create a stable basis for a socially and culturally inclusive society to support the integration process of new members in society and on the other hand to promote a sustainable, smart, innovative and growing modern society. One of the ways to achieve this is "Education for Sustainable Development" (ESD), UNESCO, which allows every human the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. It means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning. ESD promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way.One of the target groups which are omitted from ESD measures are migrants. In most measures, especially in language and integration courses directed at migrants, there is little evidence of sustainable development (SD) measures. The lack there of is a serious issue since migrants are more likely to face social, economic and cultural exclusion, as well as discrimination and lack resources (European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research 2008, Martiniello and Rath 2014).The fact that some courses, projects, teaching materials contain ESD, demonstrates the importance of sustainability issues for integration work. However, the materials and projects are just fragmentary, which emphasises the significant impact the IN-Life project could have.IN-Life aims to promote concepts and methods for sustainable development by developing an innovative teaching approach for ESD within adult education sector. The aim is to empower migrants to actively contribute towards a sustainable society by raising the awareness of SD as well as improve capacities and knowledge within adult education for ESD for migrants. IN-Life strives to tackle the following three challenges of the EU: 1. Social, economic and cultural inclusion of migrants including third-nationals 2. Fighting unemployment 3. Foster SD by teaching and empowering people to become active for SD The project IN-Life includes the following groups in the project activities: - adult education providers, teachers, especially language teachers, trainers, all of them working with migrant learners;- stakeholders responsible for integration and sustainable development;- migrants taking part in the language courses or other courses who will take part in the educational activities. They will contribute and take an active role in the following activities: - analysis report on integration and language courses for migrants in the context of sustainable development and sustainable lifestyle concept, detailed needs and expectations of the different groups (migrant learners, language teachers); - development of a toolbox with good practices on education for sustainable development in form of catalogue of exercises, games, learning materials designed for levels from A1 to B2;- development of guidelines for potential users (adult education centres, migrant organisations) on how to implement the concept of sustainable development for migrant learners; - national multiplier events in Germany, UK, Italy and FranceIN-Life aims to:- promote smart growth by implementing effective and innovative teaching methods and tools in education for SD for the target group of migrant learners and enabling them to contribute to sustainability in Europe. - contribute to the capacity, efficiency and quality of adult education institutions throughout Europe by enabling them to reach, teach and empower migrants on SD by using developed innovative teaching materials designed for the specific target group. - bring together European partners with different expertise in the field of adult education, sustainable development and migration/integration/social inclusion. Working with migrants on education for sustainable development will advance research on sustainability. - strengthen language skills of migrant learners in receiving country to use new, content related tools (exercises, gamers, vocabulary linked to SD).- reinforce interaction between practice and policy for SD and integration. - improve the competences of migrant learners, migrant communities, as well as the partner organizations involved in the project. - promote access of socially vulnerable and excluded group of migrants, for adult education and ESD (discrimination, language barriers, lack of information, lack of social integration, marginalisation, energy poverty).
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