Migrants and refugees more than other groups face a multitude of barriers that put them in risk of being socially excluded or marginalized and obstruct their integration. They are often excluded from formal educational pathways, and they have training needs that are not fully addressed. The NEST project seeks to contribute to addressing this challenge and answer the question with tested results of how the integration of migrants into host cultures can be enhanced with applying a targeted approach on cultural learning. To this end, the NEST project will design and test a new approach on cultural learning, which combines an innovative course with cultural mentoring.
The purpose of the NEST project is to foster an enabling environment that will allow their integration and active participation in the host communities. The general objective of the NEST project is to contribute to the social inclusion of migrants and refugees by increasing their knowledge and understanding of the host societies’ cultures.
Its key outputs are: a) the study on cultural Learning and social inclusion of migrants in Europe; b) the “Learn and Blend” course, the Guidelines for Trainers available in partner languages and in English; c) the Cultural Mentoring Curriculum and the Guidelines for Mentors. In addition, the NEST project will organize roundtables at national level and a stakeholders’ meeting in Brussels to promote the policy dialogue and strengthen cooperation.
Through its activities, the NEST project seeks to ultimately contribute in the availability of quality learning resources and methodologies that will promote and fasten the social inclusion of migrants and refugees and will foster an environment of mutual respect and understanding. It aims at contributing in fostering an enabling environment for unhindered social inclusion of migrants and refugees where they can be active citizens enjoying all their rights.
This project is financed by the EU and the main implementing partners will be ANCE, DIMITRA, L.E.S.S., KMGNE, UNIVERSIDADE PORTUCALENSE INFANTE D HENRIQUE.
Project duration: 3 years (1/12/2019 – 30/11/2022)