A teacher works with her student at Johanna-Eck-Schule Secondary School in Berlin
A teacher works with her student at Johanna-Eck-Schule Secondary School in Berlin

In Italy, the education union UIL-Scuola promotes school-based integration activities for young refugees

published 18 October 2017 updated 6 December 2021

On Friday 19 May, the closing event of the project “Together we can” took place in Trapani, Sicily.

The project aiming to promote integration activities for young refugees and unaccompanied minors was supported by EducationInternational, in collaboration with Uil Scuola and IRASE and implemented by the Adult Learning Centre (CPIA) of Trapani.

It involved 40 students and teachers, with the support of a team formed by a psychologist, a cultural mediator and a social worker, to tackle issues related to integration and intercultural communication.

"The project - explains Giuseppe Termini, local coordinator and provincial secretary of UIL Scuola - has been carried out on three levels: teacher training activities, tutoring activities by the specialised support team on intercultural and interreligious communication, as well as school-work training opportunities for students through cooking and electricity professional workshops. The feedback we received was very positive, on the one hand, it has been helpful for teachers who have been able to sharpen their skills in dealing with students from different cultural backgrounds and on the other, it has allowed students to experience new vocational training opportunities with dedicated support to familiarize with the activities.”

A video(in Italian) presenting the project’s activities and outcomes has been produced and screened during the event.