New Integration Methods – Grundtvig Learning Partnership [closed]

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The NIM (New Integration Methods) partnership’s scope is to share experiences of integration among the partners and to create new informal learning methodologies based on socialization, culture exchange and the establishment of relationships for promoting integration in our societies.

Project Lifetime
August 2012 – July 2014

Objectives
The objectives of the partnership are:
:: Creating a new informal learning methodology for enhancing immigrant women integration process, and consequently ease their access to social capital and to the job market;
:: Exchanging ideas and experiences about informal learning among the partners during the transnational meeting;
:: Improving the quality, attractiveness and access to adult education for immigrants people by designing, developing and implementing and innovative learning methodologies starting from socialisation activities;
:: Developing a set of case studies in European countries;
:: Developing a collection of new informal learning good practices for integration;
:: Creating bonds among immigrants and the local population by giving value to their social capital and providing them with new opportunities;
:: Creating relations between immigrant women successful integrated and the ones that are still facing the problem women (this is not done in traditional integration programs);
:: Decreasing the sense of fear for diversity and prejudice among different cultures.

The subjects and problems we intend to address are:
– risk of marginalization and depression of immigrants women;
– risk of prejudice among different culture.

Activities
The high rate of immigration represents an increasing problem for European Countries. Migrants have many needs. We often think that language is the first and the unique way for migrants’ integration. But many experiences indicate that even if migrant citizens know the local language they tend to be marginalized. There are deeper cultural problems.
In particular women seem to suffer more than men confronting cultural differences. Men live all day long in the work context; they have more opportunities to get involved in local realities. Children go to school; they grow up in the local society. Women look after the family, live in a closed context where they understandably keep alive their culture, language and tradition. Outside they tend to socialize only with other women of their community. So they risk marginalization and depression. Even more so, that by leaving their country they leave also their learning path or their first work experience so it is hard for them to start learning or working again.
NIM is a project involving organizations from different European countries not only belonging to EU.
The final objective of activities is to create new methods of integration of migrant women through non-formal education.

To reach the ultimate goal, the activities will be carried out as follows:
:: NIM will be based on a careful needs assessment and good practices that will be conducted by every partner in their countries;
:: Creation of new methods based on informal learning for integration; these new methods will be structured with a common part for every partners and another concerning the specific needs of the areas involved in NIM;
:: Organization of national activities to experiment the new methodologies; during this period, will be organized, at national level, meetings with migrant women in order to test the new methodologies developed;
:: Creation of a website that will contain all the new methods developed during the activities; the website will be public and accessible to everyone. All partners have committed to the maintenance of the website even after completion of the activities financed by NIM.
During the period of realization of NIM it will be carried out strong dissemination activities.

Seed’s role in the project will be:
:: Creation of the website of the partnership
:: Contribution to the design of the activities according to the target needs
:: Contribution to the design of a new informal learning method for integration
:: Design of the instructional material
:: Definition of technological tools for the dissemination of project outputs, to be used by all the partners
:: Dissemination to seed’s network and to media

Partners
:: Mc-mc Association (Switzerland)
:: Associazione seed (Switzerland)
:: Transformando (Spain)
:: Kocaeli Governorship EU Projects Coordination Center (Turkey)
:: Modena Formazione per la Pubblica Amministrazione e l’Impresa s.r.l. (Italy)
:: Stichting ESSA (Educatie, Scholing, Samenwerking en Arbeid) (The Netherlands)

Funders
European Commission

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