DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES
The ICT Competence Center (CCTIC Santarém), of Higher School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém, held in 2016 the Course in MOOC format (Massive Open Online Course) AFIR Portugal - “Welcoming, Training and Including Refugees in Portugal”, which addresses all educational communities in basic, secondary and higher education.
This Course's main objective was to raise awareness on the issue of human rights, in particular refugees, aiming to help each community to reflect properly and include this population among them. Its duration was six weeks and it was free.
The main goals of the MOOC were to: a) Provide information on the topic of refugees, in particular regarding the current refugee crisis in Europe; b) Provide information on international/european refugee protection policies; c) Raise awareness among the educational community regarding the current problem of refugees and the importance of its contribution to an adequate reception and integration; d) Raise awareness among the educational community regarding the issues of multiculturality/ interculturality and to the importance of school integration; e) Critically reflect on strategies and good practices for the reception and integration of refugees; f) Disseminate successful experiences, in order to provide the educational community with practical resources (in the field of “know-how”), which favor the welcoming and integration processes; g) Develop intervention skills that favor potential lines of action within the local community; h) Disseminate actions developed within local communities.