Integration through Education and Information

The Swedish Council for Higher Education are funding the municipality of Linköping in this Erasmus+ project with focus on immigration and integration. The partners, besides Sectionen for resource and support in the Department of Education in Linköping, are from Austria, Italy, Germany, Croatia and the Swedish adult education association Bilda, Gårdshuset.
The project started in September 2016 and ended in October 2018.

The project, Integration through Education and Information (INTED), had the aim to improve the work amongst refugees/immigrants in the different partnership countries with the aim to get a faster, efficient and more rational integration process. To make it possible for immigrants to faster step into the educational system and the labor market they need to improve their basic language skills and also the knowledge about their new countries cultural and civic system.

The projects objective was to create a more efficient integration process through:
- Provide basic skills and language courses to immigrants and simultaneously give civic information to make them prepared for further studies and job.
- Educate new instructors and improve the competence amongst earlier educated staff.
- Reach and start trustful communication with immigrants in their neighborhoods with assistance of link persons 
- Identify, build relations and include people who is suffering from war trauma and mental instability, also them who are not in studies, on labor market or in active social life.
- Involve more volunteers and NGOs in the work.


Rehabilitation Centre for Stress and Trauma (RCT), Zagreb, Croatia is an independent, humanitarian non-profit organization providing psycho-social rehabilitation and support for the disadvantage.  The organization was established in 1993 and had assisted (several thousand) refugees and displaced persons – victims of war, torture, human right abuse and asylum seekers.

Omega - Transcultural Centre for mental and physical health and integration, Graz, Austria, work in the field of mental and physical health care and integration measures for refugees and other immigrants. Omega is a non governmental, politically independent and non-profit organisation whose main objective is to provide care, assistance and treatment using a family oriented approach for persons who are victims of violence as well as Human Rights Violations.

Landratsamt Enzkreis, Pforzheim, Germany, is the district administration. The Landratsamt, fulfils a double function: Community administration and governmental administration. The governmental area take care of legislative responsibilities like health service, traffic regulation, environmental and nature protection.
The main duty of the community administration is supporting local district authorities in the execution of their tasks. The Landratsamt is responsible for refugees that are directed to the counties, which means it has to care for hosting and maintenance.

Val d’Enza District, Italy, is composed by eight Municipalities with a total amount of 62 000 inhabitants. Until a few years ago, the community used to be cohesive and characterized by high levels of widespread prosperity, therefore Social Services worked with a small number of citizens, typically immigrants or families without any family network. A half of this is composed by citizens with a foreign background. These groups are requiring social support as they are scarcely integrated in the local community.

Gårdshuset (Our College) Linköping, Sweden are a non-profit association and a department of a larger Swedish adult education organisation called Bilda. They provide language and cultural orientation courses to adult immigrants. They cooperate with the Employment service, local council and Department of Education, municipality of Linköping.

The Section of Resource and support, Linköping, Sweden, Department of Education, works among other things with issues concerning adult learning, family learning, parenting and active citizenship for immigrants.
The section also take care of the newly arrived families who has children which are supposed to begin in preschool and school.

There was seven meetings in the project and four of them was learning, training, teaching activities for staff.
The participants in these meetings was different kind of staff from the participating organizations adapted to the theme of the event. There was also transnational project meetings which purposed to manage and plan the project and follow up the projects guidelines.   
The participants in transnational project meetings was, besides the contact person for each project, for the content of the meeting relevant persons as decision makers, teachers, link persons, instructors or different kind of specialists.

The first learning, teaching and training event took place in Pforzheim, Germany, 6-10 of February 2017.
The second in Linköping, Sweden, 8-12 of May 2017.
The third in Zagreb, Croatia, 13-17 of November 2017.
The fourth and last in Val d`Enza, Italy, 12-16 of March 2018.

Municipality of Linköping, Department of Education is coordinator of the project: Mats Mikiver
Other contact persons in the participating organizations:
Pforzheim, Germany: Landratsamt Enzkreis, Juergen Hoerstmann  
Zagreb, Croatia: Rehabilitation Centre for stress and trauma, Ivana Slipac
Montecchio Emilia; Italy: Unione Dei Comuni Val d´Enza, Nadia Campania
Graz, Austria: Omega - Trancultural Centre for mental and physical health and integration, Barbara Kuss office@omega-graz
Linköping, Sweden: Bilda Gårdshuset, Ian Lowry

The first training event in Pforzheim, in the south-west of Germany, were held 6-10th of February 2017 and host was Landratsamt Enzkreiz. It was 23 participants from the five project countries who was working together and exchanged experiencies. 
Below can you find documents from the workshops. If you want further information about the training event please contact someone of the contact persons.

The second training event was held in Linköping, Sweden, 8-12th of May 2017. Host was the Municipality of Linköping. There were 35 participants from the five project countries during the week. 
Below can you find documents from the workshops. If you want further information about the training event please contact someone of the contact persons.

Zagreb in Croatia was host for the third teaching/learning meeting 13-17th of November 2017. The theme was trauma and specialists from, or connected to, Rehabiltation Centrum for Stress and Trauma (RCT) held lectures and workshops.

Unione Val d´Enza in northern Italy was host for the fourth and last teaching/learning meeting 12-16th of March 2018. The week provided presentations and study visits connected to the receiving and integration of refugees in Italy.

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