On the 3rd of February 2022, we welcomed partner representatives from 5 different countries (Malta, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Greece), as part of the Erasmus + Project ‘Training Kit for Empowering Refugee-Led Community Organisations’. It was the first time that we had the opportunity to meet again since the spread of the COVID pandemic.
Led by Aditus Foundation, the Cyprus Refugee Council, Dutch Council for Refugees, European Council on Refugees and Exiles(ECRE), Greek Forum of Refugees, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS Malta), Mosaico – Azioni per i rifugiati, and the Syrian Volunteers Netherlands (Associated Partners), the project aims to improve the quality of enjoyment of human rights by refugees by supporting the active inclusion of marginalised, vulnerable or excluded communities.
The project seeks to strengthen refugee inclusion by supporting the empowerment of those refugees who want to play an active role in their communities at a national and EU level. The project partners have worked to identify the community needs, strengths and trends, and are now in the process of producing an educational package, the “Training kit”, that will help empower refugees and refugee led initiatives towards the efficiency and impact of refugee-led groups and to promote a rights-based approach within the ethos of RCOs.
The aim of the transnational meeting in Cyprus was to discuss and provide feedback on the training kit which is currently being drafted, addressing Refugee-led Community Organisations (RCOs) who wish to be active at a national level, together with training content for those who wish to be active at Ann EU level. Once finalised, the training kit will become available to the public and thoroughly disseminated throughout the Partners’ networks.
Up next is a multiplier event which will take place in each Partner’s country. Each partner will invite relevant stakeholders within their network to learn more about the draft training kit and will encourage participants’ active involvement by to providing their own feedback and comments, which will be taken into account when finalising the main product.