“Growing Together: Immigrants Empowerment as Local Citizens and as Educators” involves 3 European territories, each of them represented by the Municipality and a Public School:
Comune di Follonica
Ajuntament de Lleida
Município de Odemira
Agrupamento deEscolas de S. Teotónio
These territories share some challenges, namely the assurance of quality services and development conditions to population in equal conditions to all and without discrimination, especially of the disadvantaged, like immigrants that are 13%-20% of the population.
The project aims at: (1) contributing to the well being and integration of adult immigrants and their children and (2) promoting a dynamic and intercultural society where immigrants participate actively.
The project focus on adults’ education as it improves their own future but also their children’s education, being schools already reference spaces that we want to use also for their integration and development. This project is directed at immigrant adults with children at school living in Odemira, Lleida and Follonica. They are considered as (1) citizens with whom there has to be a strong link from the part of public authorities and school and whose contribution in missing and (2) as educators of future generations.
The transnational dimension brings different perspectives, experiences and critical reflection and it allows approaching European issues that have to be answered collectively.
This project is innovative because of the approach and the partnership. It builds on existing roles and dynamics; it tackles issues usually seen as separate: immigrants’ participation in school and in society; it foresees impacts in different actors and dimensions; and it is not the result of an individual proposal for a time and space situated intervention.
The project main activities, besides the 3 Multiplier Events, are connected to Intellectual Outputs that are the systematisation of the methodologies proposed:
- Workshops’ guide: life skills for immigrants’ integration (two editions)
- Citizenship projects monitoring guide: immigrants in action with local support networks
- Recommendations: local actors for immigrants’ Integration
For the project implementation, the Project Management activities are:
- Transnational Meetings | Skype meetings | Risk, Quality & Evaluation | Reports (inc. Budget Management) | Dissemination
For reaching the objectives, other relevant stakeholders were identified:
- Partners’ other staff and departments | School community (inc. all parents and children) | Children of the participating adult immigrants | Local associations/groups | Immigrants’ communities | National institutions and public services | Local employers/companies | Networks and organisations acting in the education and immigrants fields
The project results can be grouped under the following themes:
- Greater integration of immigrants | Greater support of parents to the school education of their children | Consolidation of local networks and services/supports | Social transformations | European perspective of the potential inclusion capacities of local actors
On regional and national impacts we highlight the availability of new tools, activities and reflections and the renewed visibility given under a positive perspective of the challenge of immigrants’ integration. This is also an European impact, as all over Europe immigrants and diversity integration and dialogue is causing many problems of social disarray, violence, exclusion, poverty and, hence, of loss of prosperity and competitive advantages.