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)

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«SENSIT» partners (SBICO-Poland, VORMINGPLUS LIMBURG-Belgium, Hypatia-Cyprus) met in Cyprus 2nd to 4th of April 2019, to identify good practices that are being implemented at local level, with the aim of adopting or exchanging some of them, for the above Erasmus+ project, concerning the integration of refugees.

Hypatia, Foundation Promoting Equality in Cyprus, hosted SBICO and VORMINGPLUS LIMBURG from 2nd to 4th of April, within «SENSIT» project. That was the 1st of the transnational meeting between the partners of SENCIT project (Erasmus+ program). The project is about finding and adopting good practises for refugees social inclusion.

The partners made educational visits to KISA, HOPE FOR CHILDREN, CYPRUS REFUGEE COUNCIL and MUNICIPAL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE in Nicosia.

KISA made a presentation of their actions and vision which is the promotion of an all-inclusive, multicultural society, free of racism, xenophobia. They showed who they are focusing on the fields of Migration, Asylum, Racism, Discrimination and Trafficking, and it includes awareness-raising of the Cypriot society as well as lobbying in order to influence the legal and structural framework, the policies and practices in these fields. They showed how they operate a Migrant and Refugee Centre that provides free information, support, advocacy and mediation services to migrants, refugees, victims of trafficking and racism / discrimination and ethnic minorities.

HOPE FOR CHILDREN gave us their address the last minute since the location should be protected, since the program they presented to us is about unaccompanied minors. They told us how they aim to bring together judges, lawyers, psychologists, medical practitioners, mediators, counselors, mental health workers, media representatives, child cares, teachers & allied professionals to contribute their specialized expertise in a practical manner through education, legal and other advocacy to promote and protect the interests of the children living in the building.

CYPRUS REFUGEE COUNCIL presented how they advocate for the establishment and implementation of positive legislation, policies and practices, in accordance with International and European Law. At the community level, they showed us how they pursue the empowerment as well as their mobilisation, and meaningful participation in all aspects of society. So they conduct trainings, workshops, seminars and other capacity building activities to persons of concern, other NGOs and professionals in the field, volunteers and members of local communities, authorities and policy makers. They also told us how they provide individualized legal, social and psychological support to persons of concern with the aim to ensure access to rights, integration into the local communities and a satisfactory quality of life. Furthermore, they network with relevant civil society actors, educational institutions and media.

MUNICIPAL MULTICULTURAL CENTRE presented to us, how, as an Intercultural Centre operates under the Municipality of Nicosia. They offer Greek Language, English Language and IT Courses for migrants living in Nicosia. They also provide a welcoming training area where members develop both their linguistic and e-skills to support their adaptation and integration into Cypriot society. It is the place where refugees can meet people, get oriented, and feel more at home in Cyprus.

The partners also made a two-day conference in Larnaca as for writing down all the information received in order to submit them in the project, in order to help refugees in all three countries involved. Next step settled is transnational meetings in Belgium and Poland, in where the partners will show their countries good practices on refugees, as for the other partners can adopt.

9/4/2019 CYPRUS

HYPATIA – FOUNDATION PROMOTING EQUALITY  

Dissemination of SEN-CIT Erasmus+ project ad MERITUM Foundation

16 June 2019 

«SENSIT» partners (SBICO-Poland, VORMINGPLUS LIMBURG-Belgium, Hypatia-Cyprus) met in Cyprus 2nd to 4th of April 2019, to identify good practices that are being implemented at local level, with the aim of adopting or exchanging some of them, for the above Erasmus+ project, concerning the integration of refugees.

On 16 June 2019, in Świętokrzyskie Park in the centre of Warsaw, the 5th Warsaw Diversity Days festival was held under the honorary patronage of the Ombudsman. It was the final of a week-long event related to multiculturalism and tolerance (workshops, debates, city games, film screenings, exhibitions etc.).

Trainers of the adMERITUM Foundation met with representatives of organizations working for the behalf of refugees:
Foundation for Social Diversity www.nm.ffrs.org.pl

Multicultural Centre in Warsaw run by Pro Humanum Association and the Foundation for Somalia www.centrumwielokulturowe.waw.pl
Salvation Army

Association of Friends of Morocco www.zellige.org
Foundation in Support of Vietnamese Integration in Poland www.wiwpl.org

We provided information about the SEN-CIT project, established contacts directly with refugees and immigrants living in Poland, arranged for the participation of representatives of organizations and participants of activities during the stay in Poland of partners from Cyprus and Belgium at the Learning Training Teaching event.

During the 5th Warsaw Diversity Days, 46 accompanying events were held, attended by nearly 1,000 people, more than 30 organizations, institutions and initiatives that are implementing events.

Visit from Cyprus and Poland

8-10 October 2019 

Vormingplus Limburg organizes all kind of activities in the free time of people. They want to make a social difference with their activities. That’s why they participate in an Erasmus+ project. In the week October 8-10 2019 organizations from Poland and Cyprus visited Vormingplus. Together they want to stimulate innovation and exchange good practices.

The subject of the Erasmus+ project SENCIT is ‘migration and integration’. A few colleagues of Vormingplus Limburg visited Cyprus in April. They learned different methods of how de colleagues of Cyprus work with the themes of migration and integration. During October 8-10 it was up to Vormingplus Limburg to show their projects and methods. The first day the Agency of Civic Integration gave presentations of how Belgium works for the integration of migrants. On Wednesday October 9 we visited Beringen for a multicultural tour. The guide gave us an explanation of the Belgium migration history. Thursday October 10 we organized a workshop storytelling. And between all the educational activities, there was also time for intercultural exchange and a chance to taste some typical Belgium dishes and drinks.

Bezoek uit Cyprus en Polen

Vormingplus Limburg organiseert allerlei activiteiten in de vrije tijd. Ze doen dit grotendeels vanuit een maatschappelijke insteek. In dat kader nemen ze deel aan het Erasmus+ project en vorige week kwamen er organisaties uit Polen en Cyprus op bezoek bij Vormingplus om samen innovatie te stimuleren en goede praktijken uit te wisselen.

Het onderwerp van het Erasmus+ traject is ‘migratie en integratie’. Eerder brachten enkele medewerker van Vormingplus Limburg al een bezoek aan Cyprus om daar te leren op welke manier de Cypriotische collega’s binnen het thema migratie en integratie werken. Maar vorige week was het dus aan Vormingplus zelf. De organisatie toonde voorbeelden van projecten die ze in het verleden realiseerde. Daarnaast kwam het Agentschap Inburgering een uitleg geven over hoe ons land werk maakt van integratie. Woensdag bracht de volledige groep een bezoek aan Beringen voor een multiculturele hapjestocht, terwijl een gids uitleg gaf die over de Belgische migratiegeschiedenis. Donderdag was de laatste dag en toen was het tijd voor een workshop storytelling. En tussen alle educatieve activiteiten door, was er uiteraard ook tijd voor interculturele uitwisseling op het vlak van typisch Belgische gerechtjes.


Vormingplus Limburg presented the SENCIT project at the ERASMUS + / Adult education - project fair 

Alden Biesen - December 10th December 2019

Vormingplus Limburg attended at the ERASMUS+/Adult education – project fair in Alden Biesen, December 10, 2019

Many organizations in Flemish adult education are active in all kinds of European projects, including through the ERASMUS + actions. Contacts with Flemish organizations that participate in this show that European cooperation is innovative and stimulating; the impact of such a European project is great, both on course participants / adult learners and teachers / training workers / board members, as well as on their own organization.

To introduce the Flemish education and training world to these projects, we participated in the “ERASMUS + fair” in the Landcommanderij Alden Biesen. During this fair, Epos wanted to offer a podium / forum to all Flemish people who are / were active within ERASMUS + KA1, KA2 and / or KA3 in Adult Education, either as a coordinator or as a partner in the period 2014 to 2019.
This meeting was unique: its was organized for the first time since the start of Erasmus + in 2014. The event wanted to increase the number of high-quality applications from Adult Education in Flanders.

We had the chance there to tell about our current KA2 project Sen-Cit to other organisations. In this way we could already inspire them to follow our website, and to see the first outcomes of our project (from the visits in Cyprus and Belgium).  

Dissemination Activities – HYPATIA 

1st and 8th of March 2020, Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation 

Hypatia Foundation organized two consecutive communication events in March 2020 to promote the work accomplished in the SENCIT project funded under ERAMSMUS+ programme. The events where held at the Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation that coincided along with awareness building campaign to prevent and handle sexual harassment incidents for migrant women. The events highlighted practical suggestions and good practice on empowering migrant and refugee women.

The events invited Third County Nationals, migrant organizations and local NGOs, about 25 participants attended each event. The presentations made by HYPATIA Foundation included good practices from Cyprus and Belgium the Vormingplus Limburg organisation. Particularly:

• The programmes for after-school and summer child-care programs offered by the Nicosia Municipality Multifunctional Foundation in the context of the AMIF Program “New Channels for Integration” provides valuable after school services for children of Migrants parents in a safe, nurturing and recreational environment. In addition parents have a chance to better reconcile work and family life, and explore educational activities for themselves.

• From Belgium we presented the programme “Together at Home” which involves training of newcomers migrants and refugees to be able to provide volunteer services for the community at large. The programme offers opportunities for migrants to connect with community groups and become active in the community. The benefit is social engagement, learning of way of life and social issues in the host country but also enhance the image and self value of migrants.

• Storytelling is a program offered by Vormingplus Limburg. The premise is to narrate personal stories for diverse groups as a way to develop understanding, empathy, respect and appreciation for other cultures and promote positive attitudes for people of diverse ethnic and religion backgrounds. A storytelling event was promoted by Hypatia Foundation in Cyprus trough the Municipality of Nicosia, and the Nicosia Municipal Multifunctional Foundation in December 2019.

The events is a result of program work done in the SENCIT project, with an aim to exchange and transfer best practices across participating regions, enabling trainers and stakeholders to provide empowering and transformative support for integration of migrants and refugees.   

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