Immigrants as Education Ambassadors pave the way for immigrants to access lifelong learning
Unhindered and equal access to education for all people – this is of crucial importance for the future viability of Europe and of course for Berlin. At present, people with a migrant background in many EU countries often have limited access to lifelong learning. The EU project “Learning Community” opens opportunities for adult immigrants to actively participate in lifelong learning. Five EU countries worked together towards this objective.
Whilst selecting potential partners and partner countries, we took into account different initial conditions and perceptions within the EU, as well as the specific problems of different migrant groups. The partnership combines educational institutions and NGOs, migrant organizations and policy makers.
We developed innovative strategies and consulting approaches for the target group and suitable tailor-made offers and materials.
We used the method of “education ambassador” – a multiplier concept where immigrants themselves worked as links between learning and consulting services and their communities. They therefore received a comprehensive consulting and training course. The project influenced also local education providers, especially in terms of quality and appropriateness of their learning opportunities.
The project produced the following results: a guideline for education ambassadors – including ambassador-concept, continuing vocational education offers, curricula, handouts and working tools. A network of trained education ambassadors began its educational activities to raise immigrants' awareness and to motivate them for lifelong learning. The project also provided recommendations for action for the political decision-makers to permanently anchor the education ambassadors in the regional structures. Last but not least “Learning Community” and its results made an important contribution to the implementation of the Berlin integration concept.
Together with the BGZ we have successfully implemented approaches to integration and for improved health and education opportunities through “Active Health” and “Learning Community”. We greatly appreciate the BGZ as a competent partner. Our colleagues there are first rate when it comes to filing applications or managing complex, transnational projects.Stefan Pospiech, CEO Gesundheit Berlin-Brandenburg, working group for the promotion of health
The project “Learning Community – Migrant/innen als Bildungslotsen eröffnen Migrant/innen den Zugang zum Lebenslangen Lernen (LC)“, 2009- 3619 / 001 – 001; Ref. 504 367- 2009-LLP-DE-GRUNDTVIG-GMP, has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication 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.
Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and the Netherlands
2009 – 2012
Health promotion association Gesundheit Berlin-Brandenburg, KomZen, The Senate Representative for Integration and Migration
Olympic Training Pyrgos (GR), ZEBRA Graz (AT), IQ Roma Service Brno (CZ), CESO Maastricht (NL)
European Commission – EACEA – LLP – Grundtvig