SIMPLE (Social Inclusion of Migrants through Peer Learning Experience)
SIMPLE (Social Inclusion of Migrants through Peer Learning Experience) is an Erasmus+ project supported by the EU to promote the social inclusion of migrants and refugees into the vocational education and training (hereafter VET).
WHO IS INVOLVED AND WHAT IS THEIR MAIN GOAL?
The project starts on October 1st 2017 and will take 19 months. The project partners are five NGOs from different European countries. The coordinator is KulturLife gGmbH (Germany) working with four other organizations: ELAZIG MESLEKI ve TEKNIK ANADOLU LISEI (Turkey), Grm Novo mesto – center biotehnike in turizma (Slowenia), Heziketa Teknikoko Elkartea (Spain) and Pro IFALL AB (Sweden). Their main goal is to identify methods of peer learning in VET which shall be used for the social inclusion of migrants.
WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING REASONING?
SIMPLE reacts towards the immense immigration to Europe. The average of migrants is between 16 – 30 years old and the expected number of long –term unemployment of this target group is estimated at 55%. The need of a successful integration into education is therefore extremely important. Access and integration to education will minimize the risk of unemployment and lead to a sustainable social integration.
WHO PROFITS FROM IT?
The impact of SIMPLE will be an increase of migrants in VET and a cost-efficient assistance for educational staff for the social inclusion of migrants. On a long term perspective SIMPLE will affect the reduction of unemployment and foster the social integration into the society. Finally the involved students and migrants will gain skills and competences e.g. critical enquiry and reflection, communication skills and team work. In addition the peer to peer experience will help migrants to understand social and civic rules and experience them in their daily environment.
WHAT ARE THE ACTIVITIES?
Six transnational meetings of the project partners will include visits of peer learning groups and activities to identify common methods for a successful implementation of peer learning methods for the social inclusion of migrants and other target groups as the result can easily be adapted by other sectors.
WHAT IS THE OUTCOME?
As the project’s outcome SIMPLE will produce a paper of recommendations and pedagogical materials about how to integrate migrants into VET through peer learning experiences. “The concept behind SIMPLE is easy to adapt and to transfer the results will be relevant for all educational fields dealing with a sustainable integration of migrants and refugees.” (Helen van Ravenstein, KulturLife).