Rebuilding the Lives in the Land of Hope

Rebuilding the Lives in the Land of Hope

Programme: Erasmus+ KA204 Strategic Partnerships (Development of innovation)

Title of the project: “REBUILDING THE LIVES IN THE LAND OF HOPE”      

Duration of the project: 24 months

As stated in the report of European Commission - Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection published on February 2016, the Syria conflict has triggered the world's largest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Humanitarian needs continued to rise, population displacements were increasing, and an entire generation of children was being exposed to war and violence, increasingly deprived of basic services, education and protection. 

Refugees from Syria were at that time the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation with over 4.6 million Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries and the wider region. Countries bordering Syria were reaching a dangerous saturation point, particularly Lebanon, which hosted almost 1.1 million Syria refugees and had, along with Jordan, the largest per capita refugee population in the world. Turkey was hosting more than 2.5 million Syrian refugees, the largest number of Syrian refugees in one country in the world.

The civil conflict in Syria, which has been going on for over five years, has political, economic and social consequences for the Middle East. Almost 2.5 million refugees were settled in Turkey’s border cities and in other big cities such as Istanbul, Izmir and Bursa. 

By the project we have focused on the social and economic integration of refugees in the hosting countries which are involved in the project. Through the Project it was aimed to implement a succession of activities that promote the integration of the refugees in the host society and at the same time fight against its exclusion. Implementing the project, it was aimed to view integration as a flexible and multidimensional process implying not only the refugees' adaptation to the host society but also the capacity for change of the host society for the reception and integration of new groups.

We aim to make steps towards securing social integration, employment and financial independence of developing basic skills and key competences of the target groups. The project will foster to develop and update the target groups’ key competences throughout their lives. The key competences are necessary for personal fulfilment, active involvement, integration, social cohesion and employability in the host country as stated in the Recommendation of The European Parliament and of The Council numbered 2006/962/EC.

In order to achieve the aims of the project listed above it is planned to design a language and communication module of the hosting country as an intellectual output. The module will be applied at the local language courses to teach basic language skills and literacy to the target groups by the project partners and disseminated by the multiplier event during the project.  By this output we plan to increase the adult literacy rate (understanding, read and write a short, simple statement, make simple arithmetic calculations on their everyday life) among internal migrants and refugees.

The other important implementation activity of the project focuses on improving refugees’ basic digital skills including digital literacy courses so that people can use computer technology in everyday life to develop new social and economic opportunities for themselves, their families, and their communities. It is planned to elaborate and design the content of the module: "Digital literacy module for the target group" in order to improve refugees’ basic digital skills and digital literacy as an intellectual output. Each partner will promote the "the Digital Literacy Course" and organise it for the target in the locality. The digital literacy courses will be organized by the partner organizations due to the distal literacy module designed by the partnership and the socio-economic needs of the host countries. So the refugees will be able to attend the courses in order to find better jobs and the digital literacy will help the target groups develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet to sending email or creating a résumé, the digital literacy courses will help them develop the essential skills they need to begin computing with confidence. 

Throughout the Project it is planned that both language and digital literacy courses will impact to promote the socio-economic integration of the target groups into the host society. The project focuses and represents the key elements and competences any newly recognised refugee will need to address in order to establish themselves and begin rebuilding their lives in the hosting country.