As the conflict in Syria approaches its 5th year, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe are dealing with the worst humanitarian disaster since the Second World War. The unprecedented refugee crisis (Syria, Iraq) is increasingly spilling over to affect apart from the wider region, also Europe. One vital and under-reported aspect of the mass displacement is the lack of access of millions of Syrians to a proper education, and when they get access to education in EU countries, their integration is difficult and creates massive challenges for teachers. Reality shows that refugee children face a range of barriers to enter education in their new countries, especially related to the fact that their teachers are not prepared for dealing with refugee children.
The project addresses inclusive education as it aims to support teachers by providing them well-targeted training so they can cope with students/pupils with a refugee background, who lack often the language skills to fully participate but also suffer from war traumas that hamper their full integration. Teachers faced with such issues have to be better prepared to know how to deal with this, consequently reducing the current high drop out of refugee children from education.
Ensuring the provision of a modular teacher training that addresses the main issues (integration, language, war traumas) should form an important part of the response to the current challenges. This training will combat at source some of the factors contributing to education failure of these children, while it would aid in combatting the risk of a lost generation that could blight the countries of origin's chances of recovery for years to come
Supporting material provided consists of an illustrated handbook for the teacher with accompanying printed/mobile/online supporting tools that will support the teacher throughout the different challenges they face nowadays. Equally, the supporting tools will also work towards engaging teachers and refugee students in a manner that is novel, attractive for both the teacher and the student (beneficiary). The outcomes can be easily multiplied across all schools that harbor refugee students by applying the concept of OER, commons creative licensing and free mobile and online applications.
The project necessitates a multi-faceted (educational, psychological) partnership & a multi-country approach due to schools in EU + Turkey facing the same challenges with students with a refugee background.
- Peer support portal for teachers with resources
- Methodological guidance for school principals/headteachers
- Illustrated training material & handbook for teachers
- Supporting case driven educative videos for teachers
- Development of mobile platform & interaction tools
- mobile interaction tools for teachers to support their work with refugee students & that will be based on the EASY-TO-READ illustrated training material.
- a mobile version of training material
- language support
- Usability report
- YILDIRIM BEYAZIT UNIVERSITESI
- SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI
- Ankara Milli Egitim Mudurlugu
- Goc Idaresi Genel Mudurlugu
- NARHU-NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONALS WORKING WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/REFUGEEClassAssistance4Teachers