What Design Thinking can do for integration of migrants and refugees

We are happy to receive news from Erasmus+ National Agency that another project submitted by Graceland in cooperation with Eduplius in Lithuania and the University of Vigo in Spain has been accepted for funding. The project aims at providing youth workers with practical tips for using Design Thinking to reduce anxiety and fear in order to integrate migrants and refugees in local communities. It will result in developing a handbook ’What Design Thinking can do for integration of migrants and refugees’ which can be used by both management and entrepreneurship teachers as an example of practical implementation of DT method, and by persons and institutions dealing with migrants which search for new methods for their activity. The project starts in November.

Inclusive communities through interactive language innovation

Great news from Aftenskolen Agder in Norway that has been awarded an Erasmus+ grant for a Strategic Partnership project „Inclusive communities through interactive language innovation”. The project aims at achieving a better integration of immigrants through gamifying language learning and involving host communities in this process. The partnership includes language schools and multicultural organisations from Norway, Finland, the Netherlands and Poland. We are very much looking forward to starting the project!

Bank of skills and knowledge

Graceland’s project ‘Bank of skills and knowledge’ has been qualified for the final round of the TESCO program ‘We help. You decide’ #Decydujeszpomagamy. The project aims at facilitating the exchange of information, knowledge and experience in order to activate and integrate local communities.

Proper Documentation – Effective Dissemination

Graceland’s new project “Proper Documentation – Effective Dissemination” received funding under the Fundusz Inicjatyw Obywatelskich – Śląskie Lokalnie / Grants for development of young organizations. The project will support purchase of multimedia hardware, helpful in our educational and dissemination activities.

International volunteers in action!

28 international volunteers have been accepted for the „Silesia. For a better stay” program. During the following three months they will be carrying out a research aiming at identifying the needs and expectations of foreign nationals living in the region, concerning the availability and relevance of its educational and cultural offer. Our volunteers represent different age, social and professional groups. Some have been living in Poland for many years, the others arrived just one month ago. They come from 4 continents and represent 15 countries: Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Serbia, Belorussia, Ukraine, Russia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Lebanon, Mexico, China, South Korea and Vietnam. We are very much looking forward to reading the reports and recommendations.