- Title: Refugee Integration Project: Dignity, Health and Employability (RITDHE)
- Running dates: October 2017 – September 2018
- Programme: KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Capacity Building in the field of Refugee
- ID number: 2017-3453/001-001
- Website: https://www.ritdhe.com/
The Refugee crisis facing the European Union presents numerous socio-economic and political challenges for all member states, and calls for innovative models that deliver resources and practical solutions for diverse target audiences (new arrivals, young political asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, etc.). The transnational nature of the migration problem calls for a transnational, multilingual and multi facets solution paradigm that is flexible, proactive and scalable. Further, the growing Refugee unemployment problems across partner’s countries, calls for innovative models build on digital and mobile phones. According to Statista (www.statista.com) Refugee unemployment rates run from around 48.9%. 45.3% and 39.1% in Greece, Spain and Italy respectively, while 63% in South Africa (Brookings Institute) and 15% in Tanzania (Trading Economics). The Le Menach Foundation Consortium (LMFC) has been constructed to leverage the respective strengths to mobilise coherent solutions located on three key nodal points:
- Dignity – built on dignity diaries
- Health – using the planet health engagement model developed in conjunction with NHS innovators in the UK
- Employability– Using the online model developed by the partners which promotes employability and enterprise skills (www.employability4europe.com and www.employability4africa.com)
The proposed project meets the goals and objectives of the call in the follow ways:
- Fosters a wide partnership addressing different Refugee employment contexts
- Ensures that young people reflect on their employability skills (Refugee Employability Skills Passport supported by the YES app – iPhone and Android) through a mix of activities and methodologies to meet a diverse audience. Through the Intern and Work experience Zone refugees and other users will have a smorgasbord of choices to enhance and improve their employability opportunities.
- Through this project a hub and spoke structure will be built to meet the challenge associated with Refugee employability and NEETs.
- Model is founded on a non-formal education model which is scalable and focused around Refugee engagement, empathy and opportunity.
- All partners have wide networks and the outputs that will complement the capacity building include a digital framework to support online work experience and $10 contracts for refugees.
- The activities all aim to build a national based strategy for a Refugee employability eco-system with diverse digitally based routes complement by F2F activities to meet the demands of a scalable solution for Refugee employability. These eco-systems will include all relevant stakeholders and build their capabilities for mobilising the model in a cost effective/cost recovery basis.
- All partners are committed to internationalisation replicating the model with all interested partners, through this project capacity at hubs will be built and all partners will engage new partners to expand and develop the model’s reach and application
- The consortium has built an informal, flexible model that uses innovative ICT which meets the diverse need of young learners who need to build and enhance their employability.
- The team has developed an effective tool for documentation (YES passport) and through engagement with EduQual an awarding body the team is developing effecting Recognition of Prior Learning (RPF).