SEN-CIT: The sensitization of citizens in the field of immigrants' and refugees’ inclusion to the hosting society (Exchange of good practices in adult education)

After school programme for children
and educational classes for parents 

Project Name and ID

SENCIT: The sensitization of citizens in the field of immigrants' and refugees’ inclusion to the hosting society (Exchange of good practices in adult education)” 2018-1-PL01-KA204-050850

Project Scope 

The central aim of the project is to develop and pilot sensitization methods and tools, addressed to the hosting society in the participating countries. Project partners compile and exchange good practices for sensitization of local community as it regards to migrant and refugees’ inclusion process.

Good Practice Example

Title of activity

After school programme for children and educational classes for parents  

Description and scope of activity: 

The after school child care programme combined with the educational classes for parents of Third Country Nationals (TCNs), started its implementation under the Action “Integration Programmes by Local Authorities” in 2012 and ever since is funded by the Migration and Integration Fund and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund. The programme is offered at the Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation.

Key elements of this activity include:
For children
• Transfer of children from school by bus and provision of hot meal
• Guidance and support for regular homework and special school assignments
• Creative activities (art, educational games using contemporary electronic and interactive media, open air games, introduction to multiculturalism and diversity concepts) (
• Provision of services above during school holidays from 8:00 am to 6:30 pm .

For adults TCNs
• English, Greek language classes
• Training in the use of computers and multimedia

Working method used:

Children 5-12 years old participating in the after school program are tutored for their homework by a teacher, but also attend English, theatre and music classes. Activities have been chosen in order to facilitate the expression of emotions of the children and their preoccupations, and to offer the opportunity for discussion with the instructors and better interaction between the children themselves and the instructors. Recreational activities such as sports and dancing offer entertainment and the opportunity for physical exercise. Moreover, the children have an opportunity to learn about the cultures and traditions of children coming from other ethnic and cultural backgrounds.    


Educational classes for adult TCNs are offered in the afternoon, evenings while their children are present at the after school child care program and on weekend, when their children attend classes for linguistic and cultural retention.   

Outcomes:

The programme directly addresses the need of Migrant parents for childcare services, by offering an after-school day care program in a safe and learning environment. It also enables parents to reconcile work and family life.
The presence of children and parents at the same venue brings some innovative aspects in the process of migrant integration into the local society, a sense of belonging, and enhances appreciation of cultural diversity.  

Participants’ Testimonies: 

Lara “it is makes it very convenientfor me to work knowing that my children are well taken care in the afternoon child care program, they offer them lunch and snacks, tutors help with their homework and I also attend commuter classes after work”.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication (communication) reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
Project number: 2018 - KA2 -1474192