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Non-formal Education for Integration and Socialization of Refugees
Start date: May 1, 2016, End date: Oct 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of our project is the utilization of non-formal education and volunteering movement for the adaptation and integration of people from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria that are now seeking refuge in Europe. At present it is near impossible to get fast and efficient results in adaptation and integration of such big amount of people with totally different cultural and religious background using standard means. The solution can be found in joint work of youth organisations both in countries where refugees come from and where are they heading to with the help of people living in both Eastern and Western cultures and traditions. The best and the most efficient method to solve this issue we see in non-formal peer to peer education. The objectives of the project are: 1. To use youth organisations and principles of volunteering for socialization and integration of refugees/asylum seekers. 2. To equip representatives of youth NGOs with tools and methods of non-formal education that can help them in work with refugees/asylum seekers. 3. To familiarize the representatives of NGOs with cultural specifics of the countries where refugees are coming from. 4. To promote non-discrimination and gender equality as the most important EU values. These objectives link to 2016 priorities: reaching out to marginalised young people, promoting diversity, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, common values of freedom, tolerance and respect of human rights; equipping youth workers with competences and methods needed for transferring the common fundamental values of our society particularly to the hard to reach young people and preventing violent radicalisation of young people as well.This project will consist of two activities: a Study Visit (Jordan) and a Training Course (the Netherlands). We will have representatives of Western mentality (Germany, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Estonia), Balkanian (Greece) and Islamic (Jordan, Morocco, Turkey) - 28 participants per activity. The Study visit will take place in Amman, Jordan, 01-09/06/2016. The Training Course will take place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, 01-08/08/2016. The working methods to address their needs will be: discussions, work in small and big groups, interactive role-playing games, icebreakers, team-building, simulations, intercultural and other parties, energizers, intercultural communication etc., plus special activities like Living Library and Forum Theatre. The participants will be given a chance to act as trainers/facilitators. Informal communications and meetings with local NGOs, teachers and volunteers working with refugees, visits to the biggest refugee camp Za'atar and to Bedouins are also on the agenda of the Study Visit. The training Course will be mostly aimed at developing methods for the efficient work with refugees on local levels based on the knowledge acquired during the Study Visit. The participants of the Study visit will create a number of social ads dedicated to the engagement of young refugees to the volunteer movement. The time between the SV and the TC will be used by the participating organisations to carry out round-table discussions in their countries with the participating of local volunteer organisations. The Round-table discussions will take place in Estonia, Germany, Greece, Jordan, Morocco, Netherlands, Sweden, Turkey, UK in between. The participants of these activities will be asked to give a feedback that will be used during the TC to create new social ads of better quality that could be later used on local levels by local organisations to promote the engagement of young refugees to the voluntary work in local NGOs. During the TC the participants will evaluate the round-table discussions in their countries and create new social ads. This project will help Dutch NGOs to better understand the specifics of work with refugees, to use the technique created in this project - to use volunteer movement for the socialization and integration of refugees. They will get familiarized with the experience of the organisations from other EU countries and, what is crucial, with experience and knowledge of organisations from Islamic countries. Other participating organisations (both in Study Visit, Training Course and Round-table discussions) will get familiarized with the Dutch NGOs experience in this field. This project will show the possibilities and the benefits of joint work of NGOs from EU and Islamic countries for the solution of the problems created by the present refugee's crisis. The success of this project will allow its participants and other stakeholders to create new, bigger projects utilizing our methods of integration and socialization of refugees.

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