This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This web site reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Refugees Initiative

Walking Together

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INSTITUTION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

University of Thessaly

COUNTRY

Greece

CITY

Volos

Address

Argonafton & Filellinon, 38221 Volos

WEB SITE OF THE INITIATIVE


EUROPEAN PROJECT

The European programme Seeds for Integration, was jointly coordinated by the Second Chance School of Volos, the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Thessaly and the NGO ARSIS and the participants came from all three organisations.

TYPOLOGY

- Intercultural competences activities for staff
- Non formal education activities for students
- Social Events

TARGET GROUPS

- Newly arrived refugees
- Refugees of second generation
- Students
- University staff (academic and administrative)

DESCRIPTION AND METHODOLOGIES

A few words about the Project "Seeds of Integration"

In July 2016 Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions (OBESSU) started implementing the project “Seeds for Integration” – Working towards building an inclusive secondary education environment which is financially supported by Open Society Foundations. The project is designed around the core idea that secondary school students have the will and capacity to find solutions for current social problems. Educational inclusion of migrant and refugee students is definitely one of them.

The "Walking Together" Initiative

"Walking together" was implemented in the framework of the European programme Seeds for Integration, was jointly coordinated by the Second Chance School of Volos, the Department of Early Childhood Education of the University of Thessaly and the NGO ARSIS and the participants came from all three organisations: young refugees from ARSIS shelter in Makrinitsa, Students from the University of Thessaly and students from the Second Chance School of Volos.

This year long project aimed at developing the intercultural communication and empathy through a series of well-planned non formal activities. The group of the project cooperated and implemented seven different routes, four in the city of Volos and three in the surrounding natural mountain trails. Every route focused on a specific theme (everyday life, refugees’ life, literature, history etc.) and worked as a trigger for the development of intercultural communication and exchange among the participants in the framework of critical intercultural education and experiential learning.