The Promised Land

Photo: Jamie Wiseman

This is the official blog for the Erasmus + funded project THE PROMISED LAND.  

Responding to the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe, and to the 2016 Voices of Culture Report on the role of Culture in this crisis, this project aims, through a Strategic Partnership of organisations working in education, culture and vocational and professional training:

-  to share smart practice, innovative approaches and proven methodologies for working with new citizens and minority populations, so building the capacity of different organisations and sectors to respond to an immediate and pressing need.

-  to adapt and apply innovative practices relating to  learning and teaching methodologies in the context of migration.

-  to adopt a cross-sectoral approach, so as to apply learning from educational and cultural providers to the business sector, and vice-versa, generating more modern, dynamic, committed and open professional environments; in which new citizens are able not only to develop as integrated citizens, but to which they are also able to contribute positively, precisely because of their specific experiences and identities.

Working with partners from the cultural, academic and business sectors in France, Germany, Italy and Turkey, THE PROMISED LAND project will produce a handbook for good practice in this area, together with a range of policy recommendations.  The project will operate alongside Border Crossings' theatre and community work in our SEASON OF MIGRATIONS.

Partners:

Border Crossings, UK
Adana Science and Technology University, Turkey
i2u-Consulting, France
Teatro dell'Argine Società Cooperativa Sociale, Italy
Stadt Oldenburg, Germany

Jan 2018: C1 - Training around intercultural competencies for work with refugees and migrants - Adana, Turkey
April 2018: C2 - Training around cultural work in response to the refugee crisis, Bologna, IT
June 2018: C3 - Training around educational use of theatre with refugees and migrants, London UK
Oct 2018: C4 - Training around museums as meeting points for work with refugees and migrants, Oldenburg DE
March 2019: C5 - Training in application of intercultural competencies and awareness of refugee and migrant issues to business contexts, Toulouse, FR

Through this sustained process of Practice Exchange, the following results will be achieved:

Result 1 - Five training courses around good practice
Result 2 - Elaboration of at least 50 good practice methods of teaching participation and citizenship for new arrivals in Europe, based on a commonly developed and tested evaluation grid.
Result 3 - The development of an evaluation tool/ criteria catalogue to identifying good practice.
Result 4 - Policy recommendation paper: based on the presented methods and input of expertise by each partner, the partnership will conclude each transnational meeting with a policy recommendation.
Result 5 - An e-book documenting the project and the methods recommended.

The nature of these results is such that, with a full and carefully implemented plan for dissemination, the impact of the project will be profound and wide-ranging. The partnership aims to affect the practice of VET and education for refugees and migrants in Europe across a range of sectors and countries, both by directly influencing training providers and educational institutions, and by influencing policy-makers. We expect to influence (through the recommendations and good practices) European discourses on teaching and learning for refugees and migrants. The practice evaluations and the e-book are aimed to impact on research, such as curriculum design in schools, colleges, and adult, youth and VET training providers. The policy recommendations will be directed towards members of the European Parliament. The partnership will raise awareness of the broader European public for education and training around the integration of refugees and migrants.

In line with the 2015 Paris Declaration, the partners support and promote an inclusive approach to European citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education. We also believe that this has to be done through an intercultural, non-judgmental methodology, that recognises the ways in which migrant groups can contribute positively to these goals.

Click here for further information on the European Commission website.

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