24/11/2017

WELKOM

Futuro Digitale is partner of the project

WELKOM- Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees

Summary

Based on the Lisbon Recognition Convention (1997), and following the UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report (2015-2016), the Paris Declaration (2016) and the Council of Europe’s Action Plan on Building Inclusive Societies (2016-2019), project “Welkom – Recognition of Qualifications held by Refugees” is an answer to the growing needs for social, economic and educational integration of the refugees fleeing to the European countries during the last few years.

The main objective of “Welkom” is to empower refugees who hold skills and qualifications from their countries of origin and to help them integrate to the host countries through training activities in Belgium, Greece, Iceland, Italy and Sweden. The project commences with primary research that will lead to the preparation of assessment reports and to the implementation of the necessary activities in each context for the recognition of the qualifications held by refugees. Meanwhile, training courses and learning activities will be developed focusing on the enhancement of the language skills and overall awareness of the target groups. These training schemes and related events, such as workshops that will take place for career guidance, will provide participants with the information and tools needed to succeed in their new environment, whether this is a continuation of their studies, or entering the European labour market. Last but not least, the project will network with external VET organizations and HEIs, and will prepare and present a benchmark analysis paper on the recognition of foreign diplomas of refugees, migrants and people in refugee-like situations, in order to open the path for the development of a common European policy and rules regarding such procedures.

The project’s results will be a helpful step and will contribute to the development of educational plans and national strategies in the field of refugees’ recognition of qualifications, their education and further social integration. The project will also aim at the improvement of the teachers’ pedagogical skills, as well as at strengthening the partners’ and the national authorities’ capacities to plan and manage such initiatives. Finally, the cooperation between various VET and HEI actors will add value to the project’s research outputs and to the exchange of best practices, which will contribute to wider transnational impact and sustainability of the project’s results.