Summer School – Young Refugees as Actors for Social Inclusion and Intercultural Dialogue
The Summer School follows on the experience and proposals of the 2016 seminar to develop the capacities of young refugees as actors and agents of change in their communities. It is based on the principles of empowerment and participation of young refugees and it aims at reinforcing resilience and leadership skills. It will support social inclusion of young refugees in Europe by developing participants’ competences in their role as multipliers for youthparticipation, democratic citizenship and intercultural dialogue.
Specific objectives include:
- To share and reflect on the situation and challenges faced by young refugees in Europe
- To strengthen participants understanding and practical knowledge in the areas of democratic citizenship, dialogue, conflict transformation and leadership
- To enhance participants motivation and abilities for entrepreneurship and social/youth projects in their communities
- To provide participants with a wide range of soft skills that can enhance the creative and innovative capacities of young people in ways that are relevant to building resilient societies and not just in relation to employability
- To support networking among refugees and other students and youth organisations
- To enhance the credibility, visibility and sustainability of youth work with refugees and provide input to the policy of the Council of Europe and partners in this respect.
- Fifty young refugees, students and youth leaders will be better able to act as multipliers and change makers regarding the situation of young refugees in the their communities
- Eight youth-led projects will be initiated by refugees and youth leaders and will be supported and given visibility by the co-organisers
- Youth organisations will be better equipped to respond to the challenges faced by young refugees in Europe
- Informal networks of young refugees will be created and formal networks and organisations of youth and students organisations will be strengthened
- The Council of Europe youth sector will be better equipped to understand and taken action regarding social inclusion of young refugees.
The Summer School is organised for:
- Young refugees, including refugee students and students on forced mobility, motivated and committed to develop projects and initiatives for social inclusion and intercultural dialogue in their communities and organisations
- Youth workers and leaders of youth and students organisations and projects directly working with refugees and supporting their social inclusion.
All participants should also:
- Be within the age range of 18-30 years
- Be able to work in English
- Be available for the full duration of the activity.
The co-organisers will select a total of up to 50 participants, of which up to 20 will be resident in Portugal. The composition of the group will safeguard gender/sex balance as well as plurality of organisations, countries of residence and communities of origin.
The Summer School will be held at University of Minho in Braga, Portugal. Participants will be accommodated in students’ residences seminar in double bedrooms. Meals will also be provided by the organisers at the university unless specified otherwise.
Participants residing outside Portugal will be reimbursed of their travel to and from Braga according to the rules of the Council of Europe. Selected candidates will be informed in due time regarding travel procedures. Visa costs will also be reimbursed by the Council of Europe. The Council of Europe and GP4SS will issue invitation letters that should facilitate the delivery of visas where necessary
Anyone interested in taking part in the seminar should fill in the online application form at http://youthapplications.coe.int/Application-forms by 22 June 2017 at 13:00 p.m, CET.
For further information: [email protected]